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

Mrs Lantz refers firstly to the group: Mosaics. Then the stitch: a flat. Refer to page 129. The design is a 13th century mosaic pavement pattern from the Baptistery in Florence.

The Baptistery floor dates from the 13th century. The white, green and red marble and stone floor I saw when in Florence had replaced the previous crushed brick floor paving (cocciopesto.) Annamarie Giusti, in her book, The Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence, describes the flooring as made up of ‘…a series of marble ‘carpets’, lying side by side.’ Also, that the floors were laid down by ‘…the craftsmen of Ancient Rome…’ using the opus tessellatum technique. The term ‘marble carpets’ describes very well what I saw, but I have since struggled to identify which geometric patterns have influenced each of Mrs Lantz’s sampler designs. With more time in Florence to photograph and log, this might be achievable, but alas, the real world beckons. So, this pattern looks the closest to my sampler below, or at least reminds me of it! Wish I could ask her…

This is my ninth sampler. I’ve used three shades of Appletons crewel wool (maroon, pale blue and a teal), as well as a Kreinik silver metallic thread, to create a more eye-catching effect to help emphasise aspects of the pattern.

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