This is FeiteSteffensdochter 1711 distributed by Merkwaardig.  Ina got me this one for me…


… and the Merkwaardig Calendar  (Article by Needleprint)


oh… and the original Efteling…. which is a whole ‘nuther blog page.


The instructions are in dutch.  She sent me translations in English.

The sampler bears a great variety in colors and stitches. Transferring the sampler to a chart we tried to achive a good as possible account but mistakes on the sampler have NOT been changed /charted on the chart. This wasn’t possible for a various reasons, but mainly because a cross stitched over one isn’t well shown on the sampler.
The photo can be a good indication of placement at the lower right part.

The colors used by Feite have been dictated as best possible.
Benodigde materialen
Materials needed.
Natural colors linen 40 ct.
total x’s = 515 h x 330 w

DMC colours see list.

De gebruikte steken zijn: Used stitches are:

Kruissteek= Cross stitch

Vlechtsteek = Braidstitch
This stitch appears in a couple of motifs, indicated on the chart with an arrow. the color used is listed with a symbol

The place and number of crosses in the motif are shown as small symbols slanted placed in the grid page 14 near the Mill.

The motif next to the big letter S page 11 is completely stiched using the braidstitch including the leafs, a 4th part is drawn according the instructions above.
Holbeinstitch or backstitch (stiksteek)
Is predominant in the right lower part of the chart and drawn in black lines. To keep the chart workable it is sometimes indicated as a basic line with in it the direction the stitch should go. (thinner lines) Colour is indicated with a symbol next to the motif. Note one must count per single fabric thread and not per 2 as usually with a cross stitch.
The border/backstitch of the initials is worked over 2 threads with the motifs it is over 3 or 4 or more threads.

Nestelsteek of vetergaatje = eyelet
This stitch is drawn as a cross with thick point in the centre, Usually worked over 4 or 6 threads and the color used is indicated besides or in the motif.
Steelsteek= Stemstitch this only appears in 2 places as a curl and is embroidered with a lighter colour green and beige on the chart it is indicated as a backstitch with thin bars across page 11 and 18

Gesloten Feston steek: : closed Festoon? stitch
only used once as a centre (a round) and is drawn as a big star in the motif with stars left above the lifetree page 9 and is stitched in 422

Bouillonsteek of staafknoopje = Bouillon stitch this is a long button stem stitch
The thread will go around the needle 6 times and in the appointed direction the needle will be placed in the fabric only a few millimetres away. on the chart it is indicated as a row of dots and unloes indicated otherwise stitched in light beige 822

Slingersteek is a backstitch with a thicker or double thread zigzagging around it.
On the chart it is drawn as a black line with smaller spaced above and under small fat lines

page 12 color 833

Kastjes steek: box stitch ? more like a reversed stitch
Front gives a small open box and on the back is the cross stitch
drawn on the chart page 17 as a slanted row of squares stitching in light green 471 it is also used on 3 sides of the sampler with the hemstitch.
(note from Ina… I have no idea what they are talking about)

Open-zoom steek= open hemstitch
Schuintjes= gently sloping ?
This stitch is only used with the hem stitch it is worked over 2 threads that have NOT been drawn see image below The open border on the top of the sampler is decorated with this stitch making the sloping stitch see drawing

(note from Ina… they do not indicate how many threads are drawn in the instructions)


Natural colors linen 40 ct.
total x’s = 515 h x 330 w

40 ct 330h x 515w  >>>  16.5h x 25.75w  >>>  cut 23h x 32w

Color choices in 40ct…. 40/yd.

this is DMC 3024  … see French Lace.



822, 422, 420, 815, 395, 502, 3813, 930, 926, 927, 833, 733, 471, 320

Colors against 40ct French Lace Linen.


Update 5/3/2015

Gosh… this linen is so translucent.  It means that when I finish one motif, I have to “tie it off”… snip… then start the next one… else it will show in the back.

Also,  this linen is so stiff.  I don’t know about mounting on Q-Snaps.  The piece is so huge.  I may have to mount on a standard frame.  One thing about stiff linen… after it’s done, it irons out really nice.