This is absolutely gorgeous, Mes!! I love the bee skep as I was once an apiarist, like my dad and grandfather. And do I see thistle, raspberries, a lady holding a someting?, a porcupine?, fish? A kind of tent? Or do I just need to read the book to find out?! 😉
Having not read your book yet, I can only guess how close this comes to your vision. But it’s a beautiful vision, indeed! I’d love to see the embroidery closeup too. Pat did some amazing artwork on this! I envision this in crewel embroidery. Am I even close? Love, love this!!!!
Funny you should say that: I adore crewel, even though I don’t do any kind of handwork myself. It seems more cozy than jaw-dropping works of art like Lesage and Jane Nicholas, amazing though they may be.
The ingredients of the illustration are ‘borrowed’ from some John Singer Sargent paintings, by the way.
All the embroidery designs are by the world-renowned stumpworker Jane Nicholas. (www.janenicholas.com) I first met jane when she visited Hobart and I attended her embroidery classes. As I progressed with my stitching and attended her Master classes, we became close friends. When I was inspired to write the fantasy, Jane very kindly agreed to me using her designs as Adelina’s own throughout the book and in addition, by the very nature of her stunning work, she has been somewhat of a muse!
That’s quite a collaboration gals! Very impressive. I haven’t done any crewel work in years but my first project was a huge cactus in bloom. It still hangs in my mother’s living room. I’ve done lots of counted cross stitch since. Actually, my grandmother taught me to embroider using a cotton pillowcase as my canvas and DMC threads to paint a cute little lamb, which I have in my linen closet today.
Thanks for sharing ladies! And thanks for the link. The embroidery world has certainly expanded! Wow!
This is incredibly beautiful! Is this an actual piece that you can hold in your hands? It is absolutely stunning!
I so wish the robe was an actual piece itself, but sadly it isn’t. Not really. It started life as a piece of my imagination and I wrote the fantasy books about it and then Pat who has been a costume designer created the piece on paper from what she felt my words meant. But the embroidery does exist. Jane Nicholas (www.janenicholas.com) created the deisgns and then embroidered them and then wrote a magnificent series of ‘how to’ books so that in the end I embroidered small pieces through her master classes and that’s what you see on the covers of my two fiction books. Pat has since devised an actual pattern for the robe itself, so it could be made, but the embroidery required to decorate it would take years!
Oh, this is gorgeous! As a one-time embroiderer myself (though it’s been a year or so since I’ve been able to do much), I could visualize the robe as I was reading. Now to find that the patterns exist… beautiful!
I can only say buy Jane’s stumpwork books and stitch away!
*awed* there are no words for this masterpiece!
Thank you, Pat, for giving life to Prue’s vision!
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