Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Time to write a bit more about the museum, but first a little note about that nasty cough I have been dealing with.  On Friday I developed a sharp pain in my right upper chest everytime I coughed - I was pretty sure it was not a good development.  That pain just kept getting worse over the weekend... on Monday I went to see the doc and I have got a nice case of Pleurisy ( where the lining of both the lung and the chestwall are inflammed, so moveing, coughing, breathing - it all hurts).  Thanks to good pain meds I have some relief where I don't think I am going to pass out from coughing.  I hope to be all cured soon.

We left off in the first room of the museum.  As mentioned most of the samplers in that room were long, narrow band samplers. There were two rectangular samplers hanging on the wall which were stunning.  I really liked them because of the bottom portions.  Here is a picture of the first one -  my apologies about the quality.

If you look real close at the wreath you can see the little pearls the stitcher used in the middle.  The wreath also is worked with some metallic thread.  Both these characteristics show that this sampler was stitched by nobility as metallics & pearls were way out of the means for most people at that time.   Unfortunately, I took all my photos before my guided tour, therefore I did not focus on some of the things I learned during the tour.  Thus the second sampler I only took a picture of the bottom portion, which attracted me in the first place.

On to the next room which had samplers from Northern Germany from Vierlanden.  This one should be a familiar sight.  Now this is definitely one sampler I want to stitch - Hamburg 1746, not only does it have Adam & Eve, it also has some beautiful over one stitching.  See that little red lady & the flower right under her ( next to the ship) these are done over one and are absolutely gorgeous. I love the little landscape as well.     

Now Adam & Eve are , of course, found on a great number of samplers.  To me, they look like they are standing under a lemon tree, like here.

This little couple comes from this WIP.  Again sorry for the lighting issues.  

Here is what's happening in the lower right corner.  I asked about this during my tour since I saw this motif repeated on a number of sampelers.  It's Cain & Able, and to make sure we know Able is a goner, his hat is knocked off.  I so prefer that than seeing him lie in a pool of his own blood...

Here is another version of Adam & Eve that I enjoyed seeing.

Doesn't Eve just look like she is a robot or is wearing a helmet.  Adam just plain looks freaked out to  me.  I love how Eve is actually touching the forbidden fruit whereas Adam is aaaalmost touching it.   Here is a picture of the entire sampler.

Ok, I did not say it was going to be good picture and it does not look like I actually got the ENTIRE sampler.... I am calling it quits for today - more pain meds and a nap for me.  


  1. What a fun post!!!! I love Adam and Eve and now I want to stitch the Hamburg piece ;-).

  2. Oh Sylvia! Feel better! I'd recently read a book where I ran into that term pleurisy and once again wondered what it was. Now I know! You poor thing! Take care of yourself!

    I love the pics once again! You're totally right -- that Hamburg 1746 is one to stitch. Sigh. Don't need to get another chart right now.....

  3. I hope that you feel better very soon Sylvia! It all sounds awful!

    I missed your last post so I had to go back and look at all the wonderful samplers. I think I would have been hard pressed to leave the museum with all those lovely samplers. I recognized the Hamburg Sampler right off - it's been laying in stash for years. Maybe I'm going to have to pull it out - well, maybe after I finish up the one I've got going.

    Feel better soon!!!

  4. 'tschuldigung, 'tschuldigung, 'tschuldigung! Ich habe ein furchtbar schlechtes Gewissen! Habe ja auch meinen Arbeitskollegen angesteckt und der muß 3 x in der Woche zur Dialyse. Nächstes mal sollte ich vielleicht doch daheim bleiben *schäm*. Hoffentlich geht es Dir bald wieder gut!!!
    Deine Bilder vom Museum sind sagenhaft!!!

  5. Get better!! Oh gosh, that sounds painful. :( Thanks for sharing the samplers--I looooove the one of Cain & Able!

  6. Love love love the robot Eve. And thank goodness we get the clue by his hat being knocked off! How funny!!! Thanks so much for sharing all these gorgeous pieces!