Sunday, April 8, 2012

A King in Satin Stitch

April 3, 1043...Edward the Confessor was crowned King of England.  This particular image came from this cartoon:
Cartoons are what the designs for embroidery or tapestry are called.  This one was done after the fact as the image is from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting King Edward talking to Harold.  
The Bayeux Tapestry is not really a tapestry as it is not woven but embroidered.  If you have never seen it I urge you to do so.  It is fabulous.  Maybe one day I can view the actual item but for now I have a book that shows the whole thing, all 230 feet on page after page.  It tells the story of the Norman conquest of England and was created around 1070.
I used gold metallic for the crown and scepter and pearl cotton for the back-stitching.
The blue is a single thicker cotton and the russet footstool is pearl cotton.  

1 comment:

EmandaJ said...

Lovely! What is so interesting about the Bayeaux "Tapestry" is that it is all couched and about 90% of the thread used is on the surface of the linen, almost no thread is on the back side of the piece. Also it is now believed to have been created by English Women (the conquered!).

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