As promised in last week's post, here's an update on St. Laurence. As we did not have many visitors due to the lovely sunny weather, I was able to put in quite a few stitches. This is what he looks like after 42 hours of stitching:
I've taken the picture at an angle as this conveys the shimmering of the gold threads best. Below is a picture of my work station with a printed copy of the medieval original.
I am not trying to make an exact copy of the original medieval piece. One of the things I didn't like for instance, was this blotched up area under his right arm:
It just doesn't seem right to me. And since I am in charge; I've changed it. (To not hurt Laurence's feelings, I consulted with him first. He's a big boy and quite alright). As you can see comparing the original picture above and the picture at the top of this post, I've decided to separate the lower arm/hand from the body. This not only eliminates the ugly triangular area (I'll work a continuation of the background there), but it also means that I can work the hand directly onto the linen. Laurence's other hand (holding the book) is worked over the gold threads. Quasi ignoring them. That's a daunting task coming up much too soon...
Jessica, your work is lovely and so beautifully stitched. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Betsy!
This is inspiring! Well done. Your blog is fab.
I truly enjoy the work you share with us. Thank you for the inspiration.
You're welcome Kathryn!
Hoi Jessica, wat ben je al ver met het borduren! echt heel mooi groetjes.
Tja, het is een beetje verslavend, Mabel...
Faulous work you are doing. The dotted area under his right hand could be another prayer book, or simply part of the background, if youae planning on doing a background.
Ah, no, the dotted area under his hand is part of the griddle he holds as a reference to his death. I mean the triangular area just above and to the right of that. I suspect, the picture was amended in the process. Maybe they ran out of time?
Wunderschöne Detailarbeit, auch der Schatten im Gewand und sehr schöne Farben. Weiter so......
Wird gemacht, Brigitte!
't wordt erg mooi: goede groene kleur voor z'n kleed. Je hebt gelijk met het losmaken van z'n hand van z'n lijf. op het origineel ziet het er erg uit van: wat moeten we met dit stukje ???
Dank je wel Annelot!
Sara den Otter
Hallo Jessica, Prachtig, wat je aan het maken bent. Enige tijd geleden heb ik in het Catharijne Convent een mevrouw, Ulrike Mullners, bezig gezien met net zulk werk. Dankzij haar uitleg en jouw beschrijvingen heb ik best wat geleerd over dit prachtige goudborduurwerk! Hartelijke groet, Sara
Dank je wel Sara! Ik heb het werk van Ulrike ook gezien toen ik de tentoonstelling bezocht. Zij werkt aan een replica van Agatha. Ben heel benieuwd of ze al klaar is.
Hi Patti, this is or nue/or noue, a goldwork technique. I am couching down a pair of Japanese thread with coloured silks. Depending on how I space my stitches and which colour I use, I am able to create shading.
Susan M. Knight
It's looking great!
Stunning!!! Oh how I love the "old world" look. Your stitch work provides great incentive to get busy with my embroidery projects.
Thank you so much, Billie!
Wunderschön, liebe Jessica. Wie natürlich Du den Faltenwurf darstellt. Da freu ich mich schon aufs Endergebnis. Liebe Grüße.
I believe that the " ugly dark triangular area " is actually the rosary he is holding. If you look closely you can see the beads strung on cord.
Thanks for your suggestion, Ros. However, we are looking at two different areas here :). The dark bit you are discribing is part of the grill he holds as a reference to him being grilled to death. The part I am referencing to is between his hand/thumb and his thigh.
Thanks for reminding me about the grille. I remember reading that he told his executioners, "Turn me over, I am done on this side ! "
This is SO beautiful! Right up my alley since I love religious pieces. Would you ever consider making this a kit or something like it?
I am defenitely thinking along those lines! But first, I need to complete him :).
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