quote:Originally posted by Divecat My hand is up and guilty as charged
Are we the onlies??? I am enjoying do it but can't stay away. I am spending too much time on it, but I am anxious to get the the first lady's face. no will power at all..at all.. Not ready to do a show and tell yet.
quote:Originally posted by Divecat No, we're not the only ones - LisaR is doing it too. Addictive, isn't it as there are specific parts to 'aim' for
PS, the figures to the extreme left and right are actually males (although they look VERY androgenous!)
Well, I thought they were not very feminine looking for the time. women then did not have short hair nor did they wear armor. I googled the meaning of the ehret. The write up did not say they were men, but I did wonder. thanks .
Here is the info I found when I did some research on Ehret which I found helps when progressing the piece:
Ehret die Frauen - Marianne Stokes
A medieval-style tapestry inspired by and illustrating a verse by Schiller praising the feminine virtues. The Gothic lettering at the top says
Ehret die frauen sie flechten und weben
himmlische rosen ins irdische leben
Honour to the women, they braid and weave
heavenly roses into earthly life.
This is a rectangular tapestry with figurative design inspired by a quotation from Schiller's poem Wurde der Frauen (Women's Worth), 1796 woven in the form of a scroll into the top border. The other three sides are patterned with an olive leaf border. The background is rose vines and other flowers on blue with a border of laurel leaves. The field shows three women representing 'pflege' (caring), 'liebe' (love) and 'wissen' (wisdom). Each woman is shown with a child. 'Caring' on the left is nurturing a young boy, who wears an animal skin, with a bowl of milk; a pelican and three chicks are depicted behind her. 'Love' cradles a baby in her left arm and holds a rose in her right hand. 'Wisdom' holds an alphabet slate in her right hand and a lantern in her left hand so that a small boy in a hooded gown can learn to read; an owl is perched behind her right shoulder. On each side is a knight in armour holding a banner; the banner on the left is inscribed 'schulz' (courage) and the banner on the right is inscribed 'treue' (fidelity).
The Merton Abbey monogram is woven into the bottom right hand corner.
The piece was designed by Marianne Stokes and woven by Morris and Company in 1912.
The picture is courtesy of Scarlet Quince (www.scarletquince.com) and the text courtesy of The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, where this piece can be viewed.