A few days ago the website (www.exantiques.nl) was updated with some very interesting new samplers. There is a lovely one from Zeeland, a fine darning sampler, a rare pair of a sampler and darning sampler made by the same girl and yet another pair of Friesland samplers made by the sisters IH and EH. These last ones deserve to be put in the spotlight.(the others too!)
What makes them so special? That's obvious: two samplers being together for almost 300 years and coming, most likely, from the same family. IH worked her sampler in 1714 and EH just one year later.
There are other features that make these early samplers so exceptional. Firstly, in contrast to other Frisian samplers which were worked on linen, the girls worked on a muslin ground. This explains the damage caused by moths. Secondly, the sisters choose for a wide green rose border, which was very original as well. Moreover, the size of both are small and the one of EH is close to become a real miniature with a size of only 16 x 15 cm.
There are more aspects that could be discussed, but just have a look and you will see for yourself. Main goal now is to keep them together for another 300 years (how?).
There are three samplers with the same border on www.friesemerklappen.nl , the ultimate sampler website of the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. The image underneath is of a sampler made in 1720 on the same exceptional woolen cloth and only 5-6 years later as the sister samplers. From the same school in the city of Bolsward? Same cloth? Same moth?