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Knitting Sampler

Knitting sampler dated 1791, probably from Hungary. Knitting sampler dated 1791, probably from Hungary. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2016.2261.

The Textile Research Centre in Leiden houses a remarkable knitting sampler (in Dutch called a breirol), which may be one of the oldest extant examples in Europe. It is dated to AD 1791 and was acquired together with a large group of Hungarian embroideries.

The sampler has six rows with initials, the date of 1791, the alphabet and a series of numbers (1-10), then twelve rows of knitted motifs. The sampler has been sewn at some point onto a piece of pink paper.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 14 November 2016).

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Detail of knitting sampler dated 1791.

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