Opera Nova Universali intitulata Corona di racammi, page 23 (1530)
White evenweave linen and red silk embroidery floss.
Hand stitched with a metal needle.
Pattern redrawn (for clarity and to make a mirrored repeat) from Giovanni Andrea Vavassore's 1530 book. Panel was embroidered in voided work from the redrawn pattern. Voided work was chosen because the majority of period examples are in this style.
Long-arm cross stitch was chosen as an appropriate period stitch.
This was the first time I've ever done voided work, long-arm cross stitch, or ANY counted-thread work over two threads (instead of one) on linen. I've discovered that I like long-arm cross stitch, but if doing this again, I would most likely stitch the motifs instead of the voids, purely for aesthetic reasons.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)
Book: Opera Nova Universali intitulata Corona di racammi, page 23 (recto)
Giovanni Andrea Vavassore (Italian, active Venice 1530–1573), Venice (1530)
Fragment: Embroidered net, 16th century, Italian (Uses same main motif, showing that this pattern was used for embroidery and not only for weaving.)