A friend of mine "inherited" several pieces of old handwork and asked me if I would like to have this piece of cross-stitching.
I gladly accepted it and have it in my quilt room, but think I'd like to display it in our living room when I find just the right spot for it.
It's 16" wide and 10" deep and is meant to be placed hanging over a shelf. Possibly with a silver tea service on the shelf above or maybe some special porcelain figurines. In our house, it will most likely have books on the shelf above it.
It's done all in cross-stitch except for the edging around the two sides and bottom.
No doubt about it, whoever did this piece was an expert with needle and thread. But the remarkable part of it to me is the back side.
Those of you who have done this type of stitching will recognize the unbelievably well thought out execution of the stitches on the front so that the back looks as perfect as it does.
Wooo-eee. Something for which I could strive . . . but I know it's highly unlikely I'll ever achieve the talent of this unknown handwork artist.
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