Yup. That’s where blackwork has been for me for a while. Kind of like it’s in the incubator of my creative brain, waiting to hatch. Soaking up all kinds of warmth and light, sounds and sensations.
And guess what?! There’s activity in the “egg.” It’s about to hatch! And you get to watch. This is what candling has revealed.
I transcribed this pattern from a DMC publication written by Thérèse de Dillmont. I believe it was published in 1908 as it is the Second Book. There was another published in 1890, the year of Thérèse de Dillmont’s death. Her niece, also named Thérèse de Dillmont, continue writing for DMC after 1890.
The title of the publication is L’ Art Chrétien en Égypte: Motifs de Broderie Copte, Deuxième Partie. Translated: Christian Art in Egypt: Coptic Embroidery Motifs, Part Two. This pattern is on page 9, Panel (Planche) 4 , Design (Dessin) 18.
I found my copy of this pattern book at the Antique Pattern Library. If you have not checked this resource out yet, you are missing out on an incredible treasure, just like Project Gutenberg. On the home page of the Pattern Library, click on the catalog tab. Then click on the technique tab and choose the type of pattern you are looking for. DO NOT let the fact that many of the pattern books are in non-English languages. Find yourself a translation tool at Google and you are home—Free!
Yes these patterns are free for you to use as there are no longer copyright holders to the text. However, you Do Not own the pattern. The person who approved the scan owns the pattern, thus is technically the copyright holder according to the Creative Common Licensing regulations. In this case that would be: s cans donated by Sytske Wijnsma, edited Judith Adele 2006.
Bottom line, if you decide to use this pattern, you MUST give the total reference including title of the work, original author, and the owner of the hard copy. But is that really such a big deal? I think not! (Oh, yeah, ignore the arrows before you use this pattern, my software wouldn’t let me remove them.)
Since I had a Major allergic reaction today, I’m going to end this lesson for today. Tomorrow you’ll get to see what is going to happen to this little Coptic motif.