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Border birds & beasts
by Isela di Bari




The birds and beasts of the Bayeux borders (how alliterative!) are often amusing, and make a good small exercise in laidwork. The motifs on this page are a bit smaller than actual size. Isela recommends Appleton wool or DMC’s Medici wool as good threads for this kind of work.

sketch of a griffin from the Bayeux Tapestry
sketch of a dragon from the Bayeux Tapestry
sketch of a bird from the Bayeux Tapestry
another sketch of a bird from the Bayeux Tapestry

Studying a good photo of a border “beast” or bird will show the directions in which the stitches are worked. As you can see in larger overviews, pairs of mirror-image beasts separated by diagonal bars and a small plant motif are common in the Bayeux borders. The diagonal bars are also worked in laidwork, the plants often in simple outline or stem stitch. Most of the animals and birds have darker stem-stitch outlines as well.

Bayeux Laidwork

drawing of thread layers

 

threads of second layer being tacked down

Threads of second layer
being tacked down

drawing of changing direction in different blocks of stitching
drawing of vertical stitches with a hidded join
Changing direction in
different blocks of stitching
Blocks of vertical stitches
with a hidden join

 

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