G S D Holland 1684
Origin and date: Northern Holland, 1684
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 9″x28″
Stitches: Cross, double running, satin, eyelet
Source: The German Sampler Museum
A Northern Dutch Sampler from the German Sampler Museum.
This northern Dutch sampler is another letterndoek- alphabet sampler- with lovely illuminated letters typical of samplers made in this region. The needleworker has flanked two stylized trees of life with her initials. Other symbols include a crowned heart (Christ’s love) and an eight-pointed star (the Star of Bethlehem). Amongst all this are various practice stitches and motifs, in no particular order, since a piece such as this was not meant for display, but as a stitching exercise and pattern record. Stitches used are cross, double running, counted satin, eyelet, and back.