AV, an Aalsmeer sampler-1793
This sampler was made in the town of Aalsmeer in the province of North Holland. This was a Mennonite community and the girls stitched their samplers using red and green silks. There are a number of these samplers that have the five wise and five foolish virgins, and Jesus in the middle. Note the girls on the right do not have oil in there lamps so they aren't burning. Each of the letters above the girls stands for a word which makes up a verse based on Mathew 25:1 . Most of these samplers also contain geometric motifs and flower pots. This group of samplers dates from 1709-1800. They seem to originate with the oldest Aalsmeer families with the names of Jeessen, Maarse, Alderden, Spaargaren, Vreeken, Buis, Hanse, Heeren.
Stitches used in the sampler are cross stitch, eyelet over both four and six threads and back stitch. The original sampler was an a very uneven weave linen and ours is worked on a 35/40 ct. linen and will measure 15” x 12”.
Thread Count: 35/40 ct. (17.5/20cm)
Recommended Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost: Kit with silk $115.00 Chart $ 29.00
Categories: Last Year, Dutch & German
All prices are in US Dollars.