Isn't this a wonderful piece of petitpoint? The frame is a wonderful old birds-eye maple, the glass is wavy and has seeds in it here and there.
A closeup of the stitches shows meticulous detail. There are 360 stitches per inch. The work is a combination of cotton and silk on a linen background.
I love the subject--3 doves on an urn, with gilt bronze handles. Wouldn't you love the urn too!
I do needlepoint, and can't understand why people do all these modern designs when history is loaded full of beautiful designs. I did so many projects as a teenager and gave them all away. After I had "the empty nest", I decided that I wanted to do needlework based on historical designs.
At the time, all I could find was Elizabeth Bradley's work. I've done alot of her Victorian animals.
|A kit. I modified the colors a bit.|
|Another kit. It's a really great piano stool used at a desk.|
|This Elizabeth Bradley sampler was made by my daughter. |
The urge to do something while sitting goes to another generation..
|This is another sampler kit I found. You can buy it here on Ebay for under $10|
|By Permin of Copenhagen|
Anna Thies 1859
So you can imagine my joy when I found A BOOK that describes exactly the kind of work I like to do and collect. It is by Rafaella Serena. She wrote 3 books in all. The one below is "Embroideries and Patterns From 19th Century Vienna"
|Pattern of above doves, From "Embroideries and Patterns from 19th Century Vienna"|
Rafaella goes into detail about the style of the times--covering more than just needlework. She talks about the influence of Empire and Biedemeier on needlepoint designs. It is fascinating and worth reading. It helped me hone my collection and what I am looking for.
Yes, I made the framed needlework of the doves. I made the decision to make the roses pink, because of project #2, pictured below. I also changed the center of the urn color, I had trouble finding the right color to match that in the pattern. This was about 10 years ago, and now there are all sorts of wonderful threads, silks, etc, thanks to the internet. Lately, I've been using alot of Trio, and Silk & Ivory by Brown Paper Packages.
The linen used was special linen for samplers, about $75/yard. It was a colored linen, and this time I didn't mess with dying it with coffee or tea to give it a more aged or stained look. That is popular. I am always on the hunt for period frames and glass, as I like to use them for my projects. Sadly, I just broke a large piece of wavy glass in a frame in my move. So a spare picture frame is always nice!
However, I'm off on other things. I'm in the middle of two projects, and I'm scoping out the next two projects. I think the dove picture needs a mate:
|"Someday" Project #2: This is the mate that I plan on doing next. From "Embroideries and Patterns from 19th Century Vienna"|
If you want to find out more about Rafaella Serena, she has a website here. She sells some kits and patterns.
You can find her books on Amazon, Ebay or Bookfinders, sometimes at incredible deals.
She wrote about the Nowotny Collection. There is a store in Vienna that sells some fine needlepoint going back in time to that original collection. They have a website. I'll be sure and go by the shop if I'm ever in Vienna!
My family didn't have any treasures passed down through generations. Wars and running for your lives has a way of making that not very relevant. After collecting other families heirlooms, I think I should make the effort to share something for future generations in a thoughtful way.
Either that, or someone will have a great $20 buy at my estate sale someday.
Do you have a favorite designer who does antique reproduction needlework designs?