This cheerful bird is a detail in an altar frontal, circa 1650. Believed to be a ‘travelling’ altar frontal, the piece was created for Catholic services during a time of conflict and religious uncertainty in the mid 17thCentury. The whole original altar frontal was embroidered using natural cochineal-dyed fine red embroidery wool. The same fine quality natural cochineal hand-dyed wool is also included in this kit.
Linen size: 16.5 x 16.5 inches, 42 x 42 cm
Design size: 6 x 10.5 inches, 15 x 27 cm
Stitches: Holbein, Crewel Stem, Seeding, Long & Short Buttonhole, Corded Long & Short Roumanian, Satin Stitch, Detached Chain and Detached Fly