Hello "Pin Pals",
I love that term coined I presume by Nicola. I hope to participate in the forum on a regular basis, share sneak previews of new designs coming up in 2013, answer your questions, and share in the fun.
Regarding the question from woolwoman (would love to know the story behind that name, by the way), it has several answers. At the time I reproduced the sampler, in the late 1980's, it was one of the most formidable samplers I had ever attempted; not, as you note, because of the difficulty of the stitches, but trying to convey the color changes in the bargello areas without benefit of a computer design program. Printing the graph in full color would have been prohibitively expensive at the time, so the hand-printed graph is full of notations which, in my mind, made it complicated to follow. Technically the stitches used are not at all difficult, all counted thread, it's just that there are so many of them, and so close together. Using current graphing technology it would be simpler to make a comprehensible chart and I'd rate it perhaps intermediate level, and then only because of the size of the design and the laborious amount of stitch counting.
The photo attached was taken in Orvieto, Italy, two months ago- one of the finest depictions of Adam and Eve I've ever seen. I plan to use it as an inspiration for a future design.
|Adam & Eve Orvieto, Italy|
As the old English carol goes "Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat..." but here at Smoke Ham Farm the turkeys are getting fat, and fatter, because they're pets and have been perpetually pardoned.
Cheers to all,