It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we are having some friends over to watch the game. Instead of working on a current project, I decided to start a new one, this Byzantine angel from Fiori. Priest’s vestments in the Orthodox churches are made from damask in the most wonderful colors. Unlike priests in the Catholic Church, the color are not tied to the liturgucal season (i.e violet for Lent and green for Ordinary Time) but are based on levels of what I think of a “fanciness.”
So it’s entirely appropriate for this angel to be wearing rich violet robes.
One of my upcoming books is on needlepoint damask and this will be for the cover. There will be several damasks: robe, wings, halo, and red at the feet. Because I want the feel of an icon, the gold part of the background will be gold and I plan to add jewels of various kinds to give it dimension and sparkle.
He’ll be a most special angel when complete.
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Joan Eidman says
How lovely that you are stitching my angel. I was inspired by travel in Ravenna and Turkey.
I, too, used lots of gold- like the tesserae.