June 11, 2013

Angela ~ St John

This is my next project to finish, St John.  The drawing is from an etching by Albrecht Durer, a true Renaissance artist.  This was meant to be part of a large wall hanging for behind the altar of the church I was attending at the time.  Time moved, the church group joined a major denomination and a wall-hanging of this sort was no longer allowed.  So poor St John got put aside for about 20 years.
St John is done in the needle-painting technique as taught to me by a lady who learned at the Royal School of Needlework in London.  He's worked with 2 threads of DMC cotton instead of silk as my budget would not allow for silk at the time, and the fabric is linen as it will last nearly forever if taken care of.   This piece was also worked on as a needlework demonstration I did for the Kerrville Arts & Crafts Festival here in Texas.

I'm guessing this piece will take at least 2 months to finish not including the background, possibly longer.  The figure itself is 13" tall and 12" wide.

10 comments:

Suztats said...

Wow! That's quite the project, Angela. but it's already stunning! I can only imagine how great it'll be once you complete it. Happy stitching!

Cyra said...

A very impressive picture he makes Angela, and by one of my favourite 'old masters' artists too.
You certainly don't seem daunted by the magnificence and scale of the project. I'm sure that some other stitchers might be a bit overwhelmed by this project, but not you. You rock girl.

Debra Spincic said...

The fun will be putting him in a location. I have a little bit of toile that might work but nothing too special. It may take a bit of imagination there.

ladyhawthorne said...

I'll decide on a background after he's done. Toile might work and there's some tapestry fabric I've seen that might do, it wouldn't take much.

Judy S. said...

This looks like an amazing and difficult project! Happy Stitching!

ladyhawthorne said...

It's actually not hard once you get the idea, just the long & short stitch and you don't even have to be exact with it.

Barbara C said...

Beautiful work! The detailed feet really draw my attention. It will feel good to finish this project.

ladyhawthorne said...

LOL, Durer drew beautiful feet!

cq4fun said...

Your stitching is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing this one finished, too. What will you do with it?

ladyhawthorne said...

Probably hang it on the wall in the living room where I use a lot of jewel tone colors. I've spent many years giving away all my work and now I'm keeping some to enjoy :-)