The Scarlet Letter tells us: " This design was inspired by an early eighteenth century English needlework picture executed in tent stitch: a magnificent example of the art of "needle painting" by the meticulous employment of silk threads on fine linen. This exotic scene illustrates foreign creatures new to the English people. This type of depiction was popular with the upper middle class audience, intrigued by the fascinating discoveries being made by explorers and men of science. The exaggerated shapes suggest that this might have been a piece created by a "pattern drawer". Pattern drawers used published design books for some of their inspiration, as well as wild flights of imagination. The women who stitched these patterns invented their own color vocabularies, and that is where their genius shines."
The stitch count for each design is 244 W x 230 H. The design size is approximately 12.5" W x 11.5" H. Cross stitch.
The models were stitched on 40 count linen using silk floss. A
conversion to DMC cotton floss is included.
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