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Shakespeare's Flowers: Sampler Two Class

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This small stumpwork panel is the first in a series of three, inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin, with silk threads, this design features: Sweet Briar, Rosa rubiginosa, with detached petals and needle-woven sepals. Grapevine and grapes, Vitis vinifera, the grapes worked with glass beads. Heartsease, Viola tricolor, with detached wired petals. Strawberries, Fragaria vesca, padded and covered with trellis stitch. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.