Merk- en stoplappen uit het Burgerweeshuis Amsterdam.Samplers and darning samplers from the Amsterdam Civic Orphanage There of 164 pages with many full colour photos and charts. . Also included is a separate sheet with a chart of one of the samplers and a three page English summary (the main text is in Dutch).
. Berthi writes: Needlework was still a part of the curriculum while I was attending elementary school. Many years later, I also learned to knit and in the 1970s, I embroidered my first sampler. In 1995, I began to study old Dutch samplers. Best of all, I enjoy discovering the history and the ‘story’ that lies behind old samplers. In 1996, in just one purchase I was able to buy ten samplers. Remarkably, except for one sampler, they were all made by young girls stemming from one family. The earliest dated samplers (1799, 1835, 1836) originated from the Amsterdam Civic Orphanage and the remainder were home embroidered. What made these samplers even more remarkable, was that they contained personal anecdotes transferred from mother to daughter. In addition to the historical information derived from the Amsterdam City Archives, these samplers contain wonderful stories which in turn I wish to share with my readers.