" An era ended. The German Sampler Museum is now a thing of the past"
This is how Lorraine Mootz, long time associate of the museum, put it. For decades, together with owners Mrs Elfi Connemann and her late husband Hans-Joachim she has been the beating heart of German sampler world. Their little sampler paradise in Celle could not be rescued from closing down. The damage is done, the museum building might be empty but hopefuly it will not leave a not to restore void.
The unique and high quality collection went to the Bomann museum in Celle. These new caretakers would make the right decision to put the collection online and of course organise expositions in the future.
The collection had many highlights, and the sampler of Keneke Bobers made in 1620(!) was certainly one of them. When you entered the museum, it was the first sampler you would see.
For this special occasion two samplers were (on photo) reunited: Keneke's counterpart in London, the important sampler made by Lucke Boten in 1618 side by side with Keneke Bobers sampler. These two girls are the founders of North European sampler making and would deserve appropriate research. Keneke, Lucke too and all the other girls like to thank the Stickmustertuch Museum for not forgetting about them.
For now, it's goodbye and auf wiedersehen!
There is a third sampler in this very select group. This one was only initialed BIB, (again a 'B' on the end, three sisters?) and dated 1627. Colors are the same though as above.