antependium – I missed a bit!

One of the problems I’m having with the antependium project is finding a decent reference picture. For the top six roundels I found a picture on flickr which I can blow up and use for reference, but for the bottom three – the ones I’m starting with – I’m sort of stuck with making the best of the full page colour picture in the catalogue from the magrede exhibition.

It’s kind of a small image to be working from, and consequently I almost missed a tiny layer of detail – the madder red borders of the roundels are meant to be double, rather than single lined, and the colour alternates!

Good job I noticed before I wound the frame on, or there would have been swearing (Theres swearing anyway, everytime I get a knot – Branston say he’s shocked by my language sometimes)

Anyway, I went back and put the extra lines in – phew!

 It is quite subtle, I think I can be excused for almost missing it.


~ by opusanglicanum on October 2, 2011.

2 Responses to “antependium – I missed a bit!”

  1. I recently got some advice from Louis Pass re studying/analysing images for embroidery.

    “For studying stitches it is important not to loose the data density. Scan your image at a higher density say 600dpi.

    Save as a .bmp or .tif. A .bmp is just as good as a .tif! It’s not a “lossy” format — that’s why you don’t always see good sharp detail in a .jpg! It “averages” (for lack of a better description!)

    Open this drawing in photo shop and then zoom in to your heart’s content see the detail.”

    I did this with my image for the Bishop’s Cope project, whose image was bookmark size. I was able to pick up a line of couched orange thread just inside my double border of pearl purl, and several other details that weren’t clear to the eye.

    I hope that this is useful


    • its a good idea if you have a decent resolution on the image to begin with, but for this lower part of the antependium all I have is the page of a book, which isn’t brilliant. I noticed the second line when I was examining blown up images of the other panels – I’m glad I did cos I would have been a bit peeved if I’d noticed once I;d rolled the frame on

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