The Letterndoek Sampler by IT 1697
Origin and date: Northern Holland
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 21-3/4″x9-3/4″
Stitches: Cross, four-sided, back, and double running
Source: The German Sampler Museum in Celle, Germany
This is a very fine example of an early northern Dutch sampler called a letterndoek, or alphabet sampler. The illuminated letters are typical of northern Holland needleworks. Symbolic spot motifs include dogs, a stag, trees of life, and paired birds.