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Monday, September 25, 2017


When author Lois Winston isn’t placing me in situations where I’m tripping over dead bodies, she designs needlework projects for the world’s leading manufacturer of embroidery floss.

As you know, if you’re a regular follower of this blog, Lois recently vacationed in Montreal and Quebec and has been sharing her vacation with us, especially interesting crafts and artworks she’s come across. Today’s installment features the embroidery that surrounds French artist Antoine Callet’s Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, an altarpiece painted c. 1820 that now resides in the Quebec Museum of Art.

The central medallion, c. 1818, is oil on canvas, surrounded by a combination of polychrome silk and chenille threads, Japan gold, Japan silver, gold and silver twist with plate, spangles, purl and cabochons on a silk velvet background.

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