Source: Christmas swaps…
Busy at work this week, so progress has been slow. But found the time to complete the Acorns and stems. Prompted me to think about the origin of the word Acorn, which I used to collect as a child on my home from school. Wikipedia includes the following:
The word acorn (earlier akerne, and acharn) is related to the Gothic name akran, which had the sense of “fruit of the unenclosed land”. The word was applied to the most important forest produce, that of the oak. Chaucer spoke of “achornes of okes” in the 14th century. By degrees, popular etymology connected the word both with “corn” and “oak-horn”, and the spelling changed accordingly. The current spelling (emerged 15c.-16c.), derives from association with ac (Old English: “oak”) + corn.
Here’s my version! I’ve tried to vary the colours to help make the acorns pop. I’ve included some shading on the uppermost acorn. Split stitched the outlines. All the acorns include laid work, which are held in place using the Bayeux stitch. I’ve also stitched the first of the insects this weekend, Mr Buzzy Bee…his body should have been completed in plain satin stitch , but I wanted to add some texture. Unfortunately, my skills don’t extend to using Turkey stitch in such a small area, which I think would have given the body a plush effect!
Mrs Lantz refers firstly to the group: Mosaics. Then the stitch: a flat. The design she states is medieval mosaic. The source inspiration for the design can be found at Sienna Cathedral. Mrs Lantz tells us that the ‘diagonal bars are slightly narrower, otherwise the sampler square duplicates the pattern.’ Refer to page 96.
Though I cannot source the exact pattern, Sailko’s photograph, taken in October 2011, gives a flavour of the rich and intricate patterning on the walls, ceiling and floors of the Cathedra. In December 2017, I intend to spend some time actually sourcing this pattern myself.
This is my seventh sampler. I’ve used two shades of 2-ply Appletons crewel wool.
The Large Ornate Oak Leaf:
I have loved completing this element of the sampler. On the course, Nicola Jarvis taught us to stitch her sampler, but also encouraged us to interpret her design and make it ours!
I’ve enjoyed couching the outline. It is such an easy stitch, but it does require concentration. I think I’ve got better at seed stitch, but not by much! My oak leaf – well the thought of so much satin stitch horrified me! I went instead for my favourite stitch – French knot and, of course, lots of bling! Would Nicola Jarvis approve, I am not sure, but I think she would….
Beautiful Mr Sparrow: worked the buttonhole stitch wings first. Added an extra stem stitch line to help emphasise the curve of each wing layer!
Loved stitching the head, especially the Bayeux stitch laid work and the French knots! Always struggle with chain, seed and satin stitches, but practice encourages improvement. Or at least I hope!
Legs to do!