Only on early samplers from the Vierlanden in Northern Germany one still is able to see the Garden of Eden: with a gate, a fence, the tree of life and different "soul animals". At the bottom of the sampler that garden forms the border on the left hand side together with other typical elements. Unfortunately the date and the initials have already faded. The black yarn dissolves due to its chemical analysis in the course of the decades - the ravages of time.
I am grateful to be able to present this small sampler here. The Renaissance castle of Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig is home to the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, where amongst much else one can find this needlework with the inventory number 1899/45 in the depot. Many thanks to the staff members of this Museum for sending me photos and for their kind support.
Crosses: 213 x 261
Size: 30,5 x 37 cm
Stitches: Cross stitch