Friday, 8 April 2011

The Frisian Sampler Mystery and a Sad Day

I am so fortunate that I have so many happy days and always I wish I could share that good fortune with others. Today was a sad day because our postmaster of many years died on the village green. Tony was a very special person because he battled for years to keep the village post office, a very important life-line for many, open, long after he would have liked to retire. Only the other month the village came together to buy out his store so he could retire and enjoy the fruits of his labours and enjoy a life with his wife he had been looking forward to for so long. God bless you Tony for the work you did for our community, and God bless all others who work for their community also. You are true heroes and will always be remembered.

Do you remember the Douwe Egberts commercial in which a Frisian sampler could be seen? The original can be found in the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen Holland. In the 1970s the pattern of this sampler was sold as "Frisian sampler 1786 by TM". The sampler hunt continues: we are interested in original look-a-like samplers of the Frisian sampler 1786 of TM in order to find out more about the region where TM stitched her sampler. We're also looking for reproduction samplers stitched from this pattern. We'd like to see your sampler and know anything you can tell us about it: who stitched it, if anything was changed to the original pattern and if so, what. If you bought the sampler, tell us where you bought it and why you were attracted to the sampler. If this sampler was stitched by a dear person, tell us about it.We would even like to know if you have the pattern but never got round to stitching it, or managed half of it,  or left it for what it was. Let us know! The story continues on Berthi Smith-Sanders blog - click here for details.

1 comment:

  1. So sad about Tony. Isn't it strange that struggle keeps us going and when we relax - that's the dangerous time. I have seen it happen to loved ones and it seems so unfair!