After her alphabet sampler (letterdoek) was finished, AI the maker of this sampler possibly choose a small piece of linen for some extra work. She practised the broad white on white borders of the men shirts and on the bottom row a random collection of tiny patterns like the sewing-pillow, a comb, cross and monstrance (?). One row is filled with the Quentel-birds and the top row with hearts and rockets (what are these purple things, anyone?). Other rather uncommon patterns or perhaps free stitching are the arabesque hearts/flowers in urns or pots.
A I 1775, Friesland (Ex Antiques Collection)
If you look closely, you can see that AI worked with two colors in her free work. The red/ yellow, blue/purple and green with white gives a lively result. The sampler is rather small, only 22 x 15 cm, so GI decided to completely stitch picots along the borders (three hemmed, on selvedge). Some extra work!