I had a private swap with Kate, who wished for me to make a Russian Icon page = 6″ x 6″. I asked for a page with a Viking ship in exchange. (My G’ father came from Denmark). While working, I realized the 6″ was not the right size for my work and we agreed I could make a 6″ x *8″ instead and I was happy with the original size for the ship.
Unsure what Russians used for icons, I asked if it were to be religious. reply.. Yes. I’d never tackled anything like this but gamely went ahead after searching the Web for inspiration.
This what I did.
I used silk taffeta for background and blue taffeta for halos – the images I printed. After a nervous start I thoroughly enjoyed making this for Kate.
and a close up
For Mary’s top I did rows of Palestrina stitch- 3 DMC strands- with French knots between and Cast-ons around the hood, both with 2 strands DMC .
the lace was stitched with 1 DMC strand and I used Detached Chain, Back stitch and a few French knots. Created in July, I can’t find notes for the work so I can’t say how I did the sleeve cuff…maybe Barred chain at the bottom.
and here is my Fabulous Vikingskib page from Kate. I am sure the fellow at the front of the ship is my G’father or would have been if he and the ship were around at the same time LOL. We are both happy with the swap.