It would be nice to have all Broek in Waterland band samplers on picture and on this blog. This time, I can add two examples, the first made by Annetje:
(Collection Open Air Museum Arnhem)
As you will see on these pictures and more to come, all 15 samplers look a like, yet are all quite different. For example, although Annetje was reformed, she choose to stitch a large Maria in letters, the same for the Agnus Dei pattern in the middle. On other samplers the Maria symbol is less obvious or even absent, the Agnus Dei is on all of them.
One of the sayings which is uncommon compared to the rest and reads in translation:
O that the world to him would turn- To each himself would truly learn- And faults of others leave to them- the world would go much better then.
Next one is on most of the samplers:
How beautiful we flowers that nod, It is soon done if it please God. Trust not in good that will decay, but in the world that lives for aye*.
(*translation taken from "The Needlework of Marken', M.van Hemert 1943)
Ten years later than Annetje's sampler, Reimerich choose somewhat larger patterns like the rosettes, the mystic wine-press and the cross. This sampler proves that the tower, often seen as the bell-tower of Monnickendam or even Edam, can stand by itself in the 1670's, not only on the earlier examples. On both samplers the bands are practically the same and the dogs are still fighting...
Now, eleven more pictures to be put on the weblog. For reasons of research it would be great to get them all together, large and in color. I will keep you updated.