JCS 1707 From the German Sampler Museum, Celle, Germany
Origin and date: Thuringia, 1707
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 19-1/2″x13″
Stitches: Cross, back, eyelet
Source: The German Sampler Museum in Celle, Germany
This sampler was made in the German state of Thuringia (in southeastern Germany). This type of sampler was not made to be displayed on the wall, but rather as a reference piece. The German Sampler Museum holds a number of similar samplers, with no top or bottom, left nor right side (hence we have pictured it both horizontally and vertically). This piece was made in a rural area, worked on a slightly coarser linen than urban examples. The sampler contains motifs from Johann Sibmacher’s 1597 and 1601 pattern books, including the elaborate peacock, Lamb of God, the corner motifs depicting leaping stags, flowers formed by joining four hearts, and the stars pattern band. Adam and Eve are highly stylized, and appear in similar form on other German samplers of the same period. Stitches used are cross, back, and eyelet.