Most cafés and shops are still closed. The museum is open, though, and that’s what matters because we’re here for the Embroidery Sampler Exhibition. I did not count them, but I think there are at least 40 and maybe even 50 local samplers on display, from 19th century ones to much more recent examples, and from simple school samplers…
… to very elaborate ones, using other embroidery techniques besides cross stitch as well. Here is one of those, with beautiful open seaming.
What strikes me in the Giethoorn embroidery samplers is that many of them are very personal, especially the later ones. Not just mentioning names and birth dates, but much more. Take the one below – there’s a whole life there: marriage, children, work, wartime memories, school and hobbies.
One of the embroiderers also seems to be a knitter. Interestingly, she doesn’t use cross stitch.
What I love most about the Giethoorn embroidery samplers is their local flavour. It’s not just that the word Giethoorn is embroidered on them, but they also have pictures of the traditional boats and the typical high bridges.
In the old centre, almost every house has its own bridge.
Some of the embroiderers have also included their homes in their samplers, in several cases even with the house number. Here is number 56.
I thought it would be fun to try and find the real house. It turned out to be close to the museum. The embroiderer has taken some artistic liberty with the number of windows, but you’ll recognize it straightaway.
Apart from this temporary embroidery exhibition, the museum shows us what life was like in Giethoorn around a century ago. Here is the front of the museum on one of the samplers.
Everything is there: the steps leading up to the front door, the chimney, the dormer window with its pointy top, the shutters and even the little window over the front door.
The Giethoorn sampler exhibition can be visited through mid-May. Information about the museum can be found on the museum website. For those of you living too far away, I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual visit. For my Dutch readers: echt een bezoekje waard!
10 thoughts on “Giethoorn Embroidery Samplers”
this was a wonderful tour – thank you so much for it!
Glad you enjoyed it!
Och zo prachtig zeg!
Ja, echt zo mooi en zoveel afwisseling.
Mooie blog! Bedankt.
Fijn dat je het leuk vindt.
Oh my goodness I’ve seen a lot of samplers from various regions and ages, but never like this. To see the samplers still attached to their homes and locale. Beautiful! Thank you.
I’m not an expert on samplers, but I also thought that was pretty special. I’ve really enjoyed visiting the exhibition and writing about it.
Delightful visit! Delightful handwork!
Thanks for your visit!