Saint Irene Piroska of Hungary
I put the finishing touches on Empress Irene (pronounced eye-ree’-nee) today. Thank you to everyone who made a guess about who she might be. I think she looks pretty good for a mother of eight children. 🙂
I still have to get it pinned to a foam core and scanned, but that will take a bit and I wanted to share before I go on my summer blog break. Below is a cropped version and another image with the border that I use for a matting effect when I frame it.
The source of inspiration for my fabric mosaic was the famous mosaic found on the south gallery wall of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
close up view
I think I’ve done it!
Wow, what a challenge creating a braid in fabric, but I think I’ve finally done it.
One down, one to go.
I’m going to have to be very careful to make sure the second braid is cut so that it looks like it “belongs” with the first braid. There is a lot of color variation in the fabric I’m using and it really shows way more than than I thought it would if it’s not done right… learned that the hard way. I’m going to have to make careful visual comparisons to get it right. Time to take a break before tackling that.
Maybe I’ll work on that luscious piece of purple linen I bought last week. Hmm…