Often unfinished samplers make you wonder why they were never completed. Did the girl move away from school? Did she run out of school money or silk? Or was she not motivated anymore ? Or, did something else happen?
In this case, the sampler was signed before finishing it (this is often the case) and signed in way that points in one direction only namely to the city of Middelburg in the province of Zeeland. The important group of (darning -)samplers coming from this former isle of Walcheren are many times signed : Door mijn gedaan, meaning simply ' done by me '.
With this information Joanna 's name could be matched to, unfortunately, her death certificate of 1742, the same year as she dated her sampler. She lived than in Singelstraat, Middelburg.
It was sad that Joanna's life was so short and yet at the same time good to find out about it after 270 years.