Our intern, Olivia Frechette, shares her insights on a recent project.
Spicer Art Conservation, LLC recently received an intriguing and pretty cool counted cross stitch embroidery for treatment. An embroidered map of Funen County in Denmark (made up of Funen, Langeland, Æro, Tåsinge, and accompanying smaller islands) was handmade by a client's grandmother in 1959. It is clear she was a skilled embroiderer. The map has spent most of its life inlaid into a table top. While the map is looking great for 62 years old, it has been taken out of its table-home for a bit of care before both map and table are passed on to the client's son.
|Surface of the embroidery map. There is some water staining with tide-lines along the edges of the map fabric.
The main city of Odense, famous as the birthplace of well-known fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, is labelled and marked with a red square.
|Close-up of the island of Funen, Denmark. All roads lead to Odense, Funen County's main city.|
The level of detail on this map is exquisite. Individual manor houses and landmarks are faithfully represented with neat and tiny petti-point stitches in a rainbow of colors.
|A detail of the map showing buildings in south-west Funen
|A detail of the map showing buildings and orchards in north-west Funen
A ship is even bobbing in the Belt Straits, flying the Danish flag of course, with seabirds flying overhead.
|Close-up of the embroidered ship
|Detail of embroidered birds above Funen
Funen's Danish name "FYN" and the map's date are surrounded by an elaborate wreath. Isn't it pretty?
|The map is titled in Danish "FYN" and dated 1959
|The removed backing board of the map, where the sun bleached the embroidery image onto the wood.|