Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A Sampler Mystery Solved by Berthi Smith-Sanders

Maaike in the Netherlands drew my attention to the Frisian sampler in the background of this advert. You can imagine all the sampler enthusiasts in the Netherlands who were curious about it - so the hunt was on to find out more about it. At last, the sampler was traced by Berthi Smith-Sanders to the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen. Click here for more details on Berthi's blog. Maaike says: We had quite fun searching for the sampler. If the sampler wouldn't have been in the commercial, there wouldn't have been an investigation of this size since woman looked up their old Ariadnes and Burda's in order to trace the pattern, it was quite a hunt! The original sampler will be photographed again and hopefully the museum will come up with a copy of the pattern. We hope it will be available on internet since it will be nice to re-stitch a sampler with such an investigation behind it.
Well done, Berthi! I love wonderful stories like these, don't you?

I have just listened to the UK Prime Minister in Parliament pay a moving tribute to the bravery and grace of the people of Japan in dealing with the earthquake and tsunami catastrophes. We keep the people of Japan in our thoughts at this difficult time.


  1. Berthi indeed did a great job !!

  2. Fantastic J, I somehow do recognise this sampler and great to read about the search for it's origins, the DE coffee also drew my attention which is of course the best, yes I am biased:))