Karin Kersten, the versatile designer
and owner of Beardie Designs and a careful collector of
antique samplers, is going to launch the first volume of her two books, fully
inspired by and dedicated to the Dutch samplers of the past.
"Who does not recognize
the unmistakable North European sampler motives? I believe, we all know them and
see them and sometimes even stitch them. Nowadays, Dutch samplers motifs can be
found on a lot of old and new samplers. Even in the primitive style and/or shabby chic style, so fashionable, you can see a lot of these motives.
When I started designing I used them for my samplers from a particular area in Holland.
Then I included them in the accessory sets and in the last couple of years I
have made reproductions of real antique samplers, where I also found these
motives. This book gives you a number of different Dutch sampler motifs, but
with a twist.
Most of them are stitched, not only with cross stitches, but
also with special stitches, hence the "twist".
This volume is based on the
epoch-making, Dutch book Merklap Motieven, from Alberta
Meulenberg-Nieuwburg, of which Karin owns one of the very rare copies left
available at present and which she has freely drawn much of her inspiration
from: "I have simply started 'playing' with these motifs, using special stitches
wherever possible", Karin adds, concluding: "Then, instead of using them on a
single large sampler, which you can hang on the wall, I asked my model stitchers
to finish them any way they liked... And you can see the results in this book...
A number of different finishings, like a pinkeep, an ornament, a bag, a box, a
mobile phone holder, a tissue holder and much more!".
This first book consists of 37 charted Dutch
motives with a twist, i.e. renewed with that "something more" and divided over
11 different themes, including alphabets, borders, and free charts to make your
own, personal and unique, sampler composition!