I still remember the day when I noticed this book on the shelves at Barter Books in Alnwick. Still my favourite bookshop after all of these years. What I really love about this book is the way Mrs Lantz has applied her knowledge of patterns used by artisans from all over the world, throughout recorded history, to the needlepoint stitch templates contained in her book. For each stitch template, she references the source of the pattern, including the location, the century and whether a similar pattern is being used by crafters today. Whilst working on Nicola Jarvis’s Love Day Epic Crewel Work project most days between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, I thought I needed an easier challenge, something I could focus on post-tea time. So, this is it, a small sampler each evening, following the patterns listed from pages 91 to 351. Time off for holidays and inspection days!
So here is my first one from page 91. Mrs Lantz refers firstly to the group: Mosaics. Then the stitch: a flat stitch. She states the source is 13th century ‘Mosaic Pavement’ and, that it can be seen in the Baptistry at Florence.
So, of course, with the wonders of the Internet, maybe this is the pattern to which Mrs Lantz refers….
(This photograph was taken by Ricardo Andre Frank, in 2005, of the Baptistry in St John, Florence, and can found in Wikipedia.)