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Modern Folk Embroidery - Tjeerdje & Geertje Basic kit

Modern Folk Embroidery - Tjeerdje & Geertje Basic kit

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Select what items you wish for Modern Folk Embroidery's design "Tjeerdje & Geertje: A Frisian Mother-Daughter Sampler from 1774-1801", one of two exclusive Jacob-Palooza designs.

This chart measures 349 crosses wide and 314 crosses tall for a total of 25,484 crosses. This design also uses a significant amount of back stitching, and eyelets. A DMC guide is included in the booklet.

Floss colours included: Pippy, Caramel, Countess, Old Lace, Mollusk, Desert Sand, Sage, Asparagus, Juniper, The Wiz, Great Lakes, Nebula, Graphite, and Brunette

Looking for linen? We recommend stitching this chart on Roxy Floss Co Speculaas Linen. This design would also look great on Roxy Floss Co Panettone or Roxy Floss Co Biscuit

  • On 28ct linen, you can fit this on a half yard, but you will only have a 2-inch border on the short side of the fabric.
  • On 32ct linen, you can fit this on a half yard, you will have more than enough for a 3-inch border on all sides.
  • On 36ct linen, you can fit this on a half yard, you will have more than enough for a 3-inch border on all sides.
  • On 40ct linen,  you can fit this on a half yard, you will have more than enough for a 3-inch border on all sides.
  • On 46ct linen, you can fit this on a wide quarter, but you will only have a 2-inch border on the short side of the fabric.

Due to the large amount of specialty stitches in this design, we do not suggest stitching this on Aida. 

From the Designer:

Tjeerdje was born on the tenth of January 1761 in Ferweradiel, in the northern part of the province of Friesland. She was the daughter of Kornelis Jans and Maaike Wiebes. From 1774 onwards (she was about 13 years old), she stitched on her sampler. She signed the sampler that year, working her initials TKD (Tjeerdje Kornelis Daughter).

We also see 1781, 1784, and 1787, the year her daughter Geertje was born. A year before that, she married Jan Siemens, a farmer. She worked both their initials around the year 1787: TK and IS.

Geertje Jans (later Geertje Jans Bakker) was born on the 18th of November 1787 in Hallum. She grew up on her parents’ farm there. At some point, Geertje must have taken over working on her mother’s sampler. I suspect that her mother might have finished the first alphabets and ended with the large decorative letters and that her daughter started the second series of small alphabets in 1800.

Geertje and her mother, Tjeerdje, might not have realised it, but they created something beautiful and unique. Nearly 200 years after her death, we are still enjoying her colourful and joyous sampler. Their sampler is one of my collections’ most beautiful Frisian samplers, and I will always treasure it. It is a joy to share this sampler with you so their story lives on.

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