Christiana sent me several pictures of some of her embroidery projects, so I thought I’d show them to you. I didn’t know how to group them together, so I decided to stick with a somewhat “opposite” theme on this one. If you happen to like Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, you’ll know why I was thinking in terms of opposites…
First of all, here’s a pretty cool piece of Celtic knotwork that Christi stitched for her brother. He found the design somewhere and liked it, so she decided to convert it into an embroidered piece. He calls them “Saxon Dogs,” and if you follow the intricate lines of the knotwork, you can finally arrive at the part that looks like a dog! Click on the image for a larger version, if you want to see it up close. It’s worked in satin stitch and (I think?) stem stitch on muslin, with black DMC stranded cotton.
I love the knotwork – I think it looks great in black. I especially like the way the design flows so smoothly.
So that’s the Saxon part of the post…
The “Norman” part of the post is a little fleur de lys that I think is really pretty:
I like the seed stitching for the shading, and I love the colors!
Christiana is in the process of repairing a piece of ecclesiastical needlework right now – the hood of a cope, worked in gold metal threads and silk. I think she was rather valiant to take the job on, and I hope she’s surviving it!