Once weekly needlepoint sampler using the stitch templates provided by Sheree Lantz in her ‘A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas’

Mrs Lantz refers firstly to the group: Mosaics. Then the stitch: a flat. The design she states is medieval mosaic, a raised Square (Cross).

The source inspiration for the design can be found in a Hans Holbein painting from the 16 century. Mrs Lantz tells us that the ‘…the mosaics themselves predated their painted representations.’ Refer to page 119.

I have searched through each image of a Hans Holbein painting I can find online (both older and younger), and the only painting in which I can find an image that is suggestive of the pattern on page 119 is the pavement mosaic in The Martyrdom of St Paul (1504), the elder. I’ve not had the privilege of viewing this painting, but it’s a bit gruesome for my liking!

This is my eighth sampler. I’ve used two threads of a mustard coloured 2-ply Appletons crewel wool and two threads of a dark brown Perle thread I purchased at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show in November 2017. I’ve not worked the piece exactly as Mrs Lantz has suggested, and have added French Knots to the sample, because it’s a favoured stitch. Where I worked the sampler was also important, in my mother’s bedroom, in my sister’s house in Winchester, on Christmas Eve.

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