Millennium Garden Gate: Celebrate the
Author: Rae Iverson
Copyright, Moss Creek Designs
Started: June, 2001
Completed: October, 2001
Hours: 42, not including finishing
Materials: Anchor floss and Needle Necessities overdyed floss on cream
NOTE: historical information given in this list was found in the pattern.
cross stitch over one, Renaissance stitch (dates to the 14th-16th centuries),
satin stitch, Sprat heart (a weaving stitch with a history in hand tailoring,
used to reinforce pockets), Maltese Cross Rhodes (adapted from wood carving
and Grecian/Maltan architechture, reminiscent of the Greek Cross in early
church manuscripts), Victoria and Albert Herringbone (from a 17th century
sampler in the V&A museum's private collection), broad chain, encroaching
cross, four-corner herringbone (the crossed legs of the stitch can be
seen on 10th century buildings), Norwich (adapted from a 17th century
Scottish sampler), Breton stitch, Holbein (the gate is adapted from 16-17th
century ironwork in Old Charleston, SC), Trame (French embroidery associated
with intricate 14th-16th century tapestries), Leaf stitch, Palestrina
knot, brick satin work (adapted from tile work in a 10th century mosque)
This is my "millennium" design, which I started in 2001 (being
the first year of the new millennium...there was no year "zero,"
so the first century *ended* with the year 100...you do the math.... but
I digress. ;) ). It was "taught" at the Progressive Sampler
at (the now-defunct) Heart of Cross Stitch in 2000. The scan washed out
the colors a bit; they are much richer, and the Maltese Cross Eyelet (above
the "tree") is an overdyed fiber with some purple hues in it.
The previous scan shows a little bit truer colors; I tried to fix it up
with an imaging program. I forgot to scan my finished piece before I mounted
it on its box top, so that's why some of the stitches look "squished"
in the finished scan! This was a really fun piece to do.