1903 “A. Vdlaan” Dutch sewing & embroidery redwork sampler
Basic sewing skills were still a part of every girl’s education in the early 20th century. This long Dutch redwork sampler by “A. Vdlaan” is dated 1903 and shows off a young girl’s skills. One shade of red was used for all the embroidery stitches on a creamy off-white linen. All edges are neatly finished. The sampler features rows of hemstitch openwork patterns, blackwork, cross stitch borders, fabric pleating and padding. At the bottom are buttonhole stitches, fabric and thread covered buttons (one with a needle lace center), buttonhole stitch covered hook and eye and twill tabs.
In very good condition with only a few small brown spots, mostly on the tab at the bottom. The sampler measures 8-1/2″ wide by 17″ high with the extended tab at the bottom adding another 1-3/4″. It is unframed and will be shipped loosely folded.