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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries


Being a fan of Renaissance Art and certain Renaissance artists, I was really excited when a reader sent me a link to the Guardian’s little blurb on the exhibit at the Victoria & Albert in London, featuring Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries and the paintings from which they were woven.

Raphael's Sistine Chapel Tapestries

The video is an interesting look at the “cartoons” painted by Raphael as designs for tapestries and the woven tapestries created from them. Though the variance in medium achieves a fairly notable difference in the look of each piece, it is amazing to think that weavers caught the painted image so closely! What amazing skill!

You can also view Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries video online at the Guardian if you can’t see it embedded above.

Thanks heaps, Jasmine, for sending the link!


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  1. Wow, what amazing work and beauty, and it’s so nice to see textiles appreciated as art. Thanks to you both for the link.

  2. Beautiful work!!!!The hours, time and compassion that must have been put into such work…WoW…Thanks for sharing.


  3. Thanks Mary for passing on the link. Thankyou rachael too. I also checked out a few of the other art videos as well. Well worth the stopover.
    Thanks again
    Phillipa in New Zealand

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