Antependium panel six

 I’m sure that when I was kid we used to sing a Christmas carol about this bit that went something along the lines of “when sheperds washed thier socks by night…” and as a child I concluded that they must be very poor sheperds indeed because the only reason to wash socks in the dark would be that you only had one pair and needed them to dry by morning.

however, I see no socks, nor the washing thereof, and therefore somewhat confused.

And you know what this means, don’t you?

Yup, another row of the interminable filler panels coming up next. sigh.


Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, work, as the americans say, has been kicking my butt (well, its a big enough target)

~ by opusanglicanum on July 5, 2012.

20 Responses to “Antependium panel six”

  1. I like your lyrics, poor shepherds and all.

    Sometimes misheard songs are more interesting than the actual lyrics.

    • I don’t just hear them, my singing teacher always said I made my own lyrics up. I once caught myself singing cole porters “lets do it” with the added line “they say in scotland even yams do it” even I wtf ed at that one!

  2. I remember singing that – was there a second line, do you remember, or did everyone just drift back to the words as originally written?

    • we had a whole verse, but alas my aged brain fails me

      I saw a great one on the wall in the sschool I was in yesterday though, the kids had been writing facts they knew about romans on the wall – including “the romans ruled brian” obviously this is what happens when parents let thier kids watch monty python movies

  3. Gorgeous as ever, and I love that angel.

  4. Do you have yellow sheeps in England? :-p 🙂

  5. This looks amazing! I was wondering, I’m writing my dissertation next year on Religious garments, would you maybe consider talking to me about your work?
    I’m also doing an online questionnaire about Christian garments if you fancy having a look:
    I’d really appreciate any help at all!

    • well it isn’t a garment, but the decorative techniques could be transfered in period, so I don’t haev a problem with you using it if you wish, and I’m happy to talk

      I’ll go and see if i can do the survey

      • Fantastic! Thank you so much! Where do you get your inspiration from? Some of your embroidery looks really traditional, is it from original reference images? x

      • the antependium is a pretty striaght copy (I missed off some of the lower border fordimension reasons) of an icelandic piece from the c14th 0 this is the same basic style, though somewhat refined a few centuries down the line, as the bayeux tapestry, and it continued in use in scandinavia for far longer than the rest of europe. however laid and couched work was also used in this country for silk embroidery for much longer than it was used for wool.

        for the antependium here, I naturally dyed all the threads and am trying to stick to the same colours as far as I can, although the pics i’ve got are a bit dark and I think some of my dark browns ought to be dark blues

      • That sounds incredible! I’m really impressed that you dyed all the threads naturally yourself, that is serious dedication! What made you choose to make this particular piece? x

      • mainly because I am making a medieval travelling church (I do some sil=versmithing as well) and it really needed an altar frontal. this one is sosrt of flexible cos although its officially c14th you could get away with it for earlier period as its rather old fashioned for that date. also, having done bits of bayeux style in the past I misguidedly thought this would be quick to do (seriously, I thought I be finished by now) but once i got into it I realised its a much more sophisticated example of laid and couched technique than the bayeux, it has so many more layers

      • It’s really beautiful! I’m very jealous of your embroidery (and now also silversmithing!) skills! x

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