Friday 25 December 2009

Joy to the World

The Metropolitan Museum, New York has some 24 samplers on line in its digital collection - click here- but do extend your search to look at all embroidered items as there are some absolute wonders to behold - one of which is this crib of the Infant Jesus. A Gift of Ruth Blumka, this 15th century Brabant Crib comes from the Grand B├ęguinage in Louvain where it was most probably used as a devotional object as in many convents of the day. The coverlet displays the family tree of Christ embroidered in silk with seed pearls.


  1. Good Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for the link to the digital collection. I really enjoyed looking at the samplers and imagining my quilts and other needlework will survive me. Karmen (Brannock) Sunshine

  2. what a coincidence I was born in Louvain about 5 minutes away from the Groot Begijnhof