I do like to embroider but it’s been a while since I’ve done a lot. Some time last year I started an embroidery which was based on the Bayeux Tapestry , only to go with my theme of royalty and dinosaurs, I made it about dinosaurs. It stars a comet about to smash them into oblivion. And William the Conqueror gets a look in too. Other than that I did not follow any particular epoch. Yes, I have the Cambrian, the Triassic, the late Devonian, AND 1066 all in one place. Heresy!!!
I have memories of seeing the Bayeux Tapestry when I was in England in 1998 – it was touring and we randomly were in the town it was being shown. It was pretty cool I must say! Also it’s fun to embroider as there are lots of open spaces on it so you get through it pretty fast. I chose a palette of colours that fit with the original look and did a little section of it in the same style.
I filled it with my favorite dinosaurs, some amphibians, at least two species of mammal-like reptiles, the lungfish I did my honours thesis on, and bothriolepis. Also there is an Hallucigenia in there, from the Burgess shale. I love this guy. My friend Laura made me a birthday cake once in the shape of Hallucigenia:
I embroidered using stranded cotton on a silk background. the stitches are largely buttonhole stitch and running stitch. This is the last bit of the wonderful thick cream silk I bought in the 90s that I did my Elizabethan jacket out of (see this post for more details on embroidery I’ve done).
Some close ups of the dinosaur embroidery. This goes into the same bucket as my queen/dinosaurs painting. I’ve also just found an embroidery I did of Elizabeth the first which i had rolled up and put away somewhere – I will embroider some sort of stumpwork dinosaur for her and add it to the mix I think!