Thursday, 27 June 2013

Darning Samplers From Diaconie Orphanage

Some four years ago we had a post on special Dutch orphanage darning samplers (click here to read the post) - so lover that I am of piecing together sampler jigsaw mysteries, I was delighted to receive an email from Hinke in the Netherlands, showing me one of her samplers which is virtually identical to the one seen in that earlier post. Both were made by young women such as those pictured in the old postcard above.

Above you can see again an image of the sampler we posted and below is Hinke's sampler. The sampler above was stitched in 1887 and Hinke's in 1887 and you will notice all the large initials - those relating the Orphanage Mothers -  are identical.

In fact there is almost a formulaic similarity between the works with one or two minor deviations which mark out, together with the girl's name, their individuality. The placement of the central bird is one such variation.

Who knows - you may be the next to find a similar sampler!

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