In the 17th and 18th centuries, darning samplers helped young Dutch women flaunt their embroidery skills. When Maharam senior vice president of design Mary Murphy spotted a few of these samplers at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, “I saw a connection to Scholten & Baijings,” she recalls. Carole Baijings and Stefan Scholten had never heard of them but tracked down two antiques, from which three patterns emerged: Darning Sampler, a small-scale woven blend of recycled polyester, cotton, and solution-dyed nylon; Darning Sampler Large, a heavy twill pattern on cotton and solution-dyed nylon; and Darning Sampler Plaid, plain and ribbed weaves of cotton and solution-dyed nylon, with tiny X’s harking back to sampler stitching.
Scholten & Baijings Harks Back to Dutch Sampler Stitching for Maharam
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