A colorful sampler from the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. Many of the Friesian samplers were worked in a horizontal format with several alphabet styles across the top. One or more of the Friesian alphabets was usually outlined in double running stitches often with curlicues around it, although this particular sampler doesn't have curlicues. The Friesians were sailors and this is depicted by the ship. The number of people pictured on the ship generally denoted the members of the family and this one had four, 2 females, 2 males and a dog. If one
of the people was laying down, it meant they had died. The spinning monkey symbolizes all undesirable characteristics in us. She used various types of motifs including trees of life, eight pointed stars, furniture, birds and beasts and a horse and cart. This sampler uses mainly cross
stitch with Algerian eye and double running stitches.
Size: Finished Size: 20" x 10.5" (51cm x 21cm)
Thread Count: 35 count (14 thr/cm) on dyed linen.
Recommended Level: Intermediate
Cost: Kit: DM - $69.00 Silk - $109.00 Chart - $24.00
Categories: Dutch & German
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