Fak Mek 1779 Sampler
An historical design from The Scarlet Letter Sampler Collection.
From the German Sampler Museum in Celle, Germany.
This northern German sampler consists of random symbolic spot motifs, with a simple zigzag border. Religious symbols are commonly found on continental samplers. On this example, we find the wreath carried by angels (the wreath as a symbol for eternal life): the ship (symbolic of hope and the soul's journey): the urn full of pink carnations (said to have grown up from the ground where each of Mary's tears fell along Christ's path to Calvary): two cocks (symbols of Christ, conqueror of darkness): the church and rectory on the hill: various chasubles and chalices: Solomon's Temple: and a basket of fruit (symbol of fertility). Other lone motifs include a candle, crowns, dogs, and a key (symbols of faith), a deer (symbolising the soul's longing for Christ): an owl (wisdom), a lion (strength), a butterfly (immortality), a windmill, and lambs. The sampler is worked in cross, four-sided, eyelet, and straight stitches.
Suitable for all levels.
Origin and date: Northern Germany, 1779
Linen count/finished size: 30 count, 15"x14-1/2". Kit contains fabric, silk or cotton thread, needle and instructions.
Stitches: Cross, four-sided, eyelet, straight
Source: The German Sampler Museum