I finally decided to stitch the flag of Saint George .
I decided that the stars should just sink into the background , not to make a big thing out of them with bright colours and definitely no beads .
I only put a little yellow colonial knot into the centre of three of the stars .
It got me thinking though , about medieval stars and how we often see them illustrated in early illuminations .
I thought I would start with something small .
1066 Halley's Comet - Isti mirant stella - which translated means "The people marvel of the star ".
I chose to stitch it as it is now , with faded colours , although , it is said , that on examining the reverse side , the colours have not faded all that much .
The Bayeux Tapestry is actually Crewel embroidery and not a tapestry at all .
The word crewel comes from the old Anglo Saxon word "cleow " which is wool fleece spun into two fine threads and then twisted together .
Worsted means a fine smooth thread which has been spun from long staple wool . Staple meaning the length of the fibre in the fleece .
Crewel work is embroidery with this fine wool .
Sigh, my photos didn't come out , where I show you how I do Bayeux Tapestry stitch .(boring bit ---Picasa have stopped running and I,m supposed to change over to Google Photos which is not as good as Picasa so I,m told . So I will go away and see what I can do and put those pictures on next time hopefully . I am not a rocket scientist ! )
I amused myself for a long while looking at the sun , moon and stars in old illuminations .
I love the flower like stars of the illuminations of the Visions of Hildegard von Bingen .
I love the bright colours of these 11th and 12th century illuminations .
I bought some lovely blue linen which looked lovely on line but turned out to be too thin really for my crewel work , so I decided to use it to doodle and experiment on .
I thought I,d give this very expensive Bohin white fabric marking pencil a try . I usually am quite happy with an ordinary pencil , well a soft lead one anyway ...my pencil has nearly worn out !
I drew it on freehand and actually went over it twice .
By the time I had stitched around the star , the middle circle had worn away .
So, if I use this again in the future , I can see that I should only draw a little bit at a time .
It makes a beautifully fine line though .
It is a scorching hot Bank holiday Monday . The beach is filled with happy families once again . The roads are busy with people driving from place to place .
I take my little dog out nice and early ,while it is cool ,for her walkies , usually over at Goonhilly or the woods .
Then hang out the washing and retire to the Summer house to read and paint and stitch .
Too hot to do any gardening ....although maybe later as the sun goes down .
I,m thinking and praying for all of you caught up in Hurricane Harvey . Hope the rain will stop soon and help arrive swiftly to those of you who need help and rescue .