I’ve spent the last five days watching an auction for this piece of Very Old Embroidery.
It’s kind of fun, to watch auctions – all the while hoping that you won’t see the price suddenly start to sky rocket.
Now, by “watching an auction,” I don’t mean I sat and stared at the screen for five days. It’s more like remembering, now and then, that I’m watching an auction, and taking a second to pop in and see how things are developing.
This looks to me like an exceptional piece of embroidery, and I’m glad to say I won it for almost a pittance in the scheme of things.
Friends, this is St. Matthew.
St. Matthew, these are my friends.
Now that we’ve covered the initial introduction…
St. Matthew, in case you aren’t familiar with him, is one of the four evangelists (he wrote a gospel), one of the twelve apostles, and an accountant, more or less. I like him – probably because I dislike bookkeeping so very much and I figure I can use all the help I can get.
The embroidery has not arrived yet, so we can’t explore it in depth together right now, but we will do so soon! I’ll show you the whole thing up close, we’ll talk about what I’m going to do with it, and then I’ll show you how I do it.
It’ll be fun to explore it together. It’s been a long time since I’ve added any antique embroidery to my collection or that we’ve had a chance to explore this kind of needlework up close.
You can see that there’s a lot more to the piece than just St. Matthew. He sits in a rather glorious setting!
For $162, I thought this was a great piece to add to my collection so that we can look at it together, talk about it, glean what we can from it, and then I’ll mount it and preserve it behind museum glass to display as a framed piece. We’ll do that together. I’ll show you my approach and we’ll troubleshoot any difficulties I might run into, together.
I can’t wait to get him into my hands! I have to admit, getting the winning notification wasn’t a bad way to start a Monday morning.
Hope your week’s off to a great start! We’ve got a LOT coming up on Needle ‘n Thread this week, so stay tuned!