Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a New Year full of many blessings. Here’s a gorgeous piece of Christmas embroidery to serve as my Christmas greeting to you! It’s taken from Lucy Mackrille’s Church Embroidery and Church Vestments. The description reads:
It is a marvel how much beauty can be put in outline stitch, also called stem stitch as seen in this lovely pall. The features of Joseph and the Virgin Mother are perfect, even exhibiting humility in every line. The figures are done in the finest split gray filo. The circle and lovely entwining scrolls are done in the finest gold metal thread – I think they call it cordonnet. It has been washed three times; and though the gold has lost some of its brilliance, it is yet gold. The star with its rays is gold, and also the rays around the blessed Child. The flowers in the corner are done in white filo in satin stitch and seeded.