A Couple in an Exotic Landscape
The Scarlet Letter
This is an usual early 18th century needlework picture (circa 1730). The formula is similar to other examples: a couple flanking a tree, but it is usually more like a biblical “Tree of Life” with deciduous leaves and fruit, and the couples look more traditionally western. All of the traditional elements are there- shepherd, shepherdess, sheep, dog, yet something is odd. The “Tree of Life” looks more like a palm tree, or possibly a tobacco plant. Many needlework pictures made during this period, 1680-1740, were inspired by the new discoveries of mariners and men of science as excursions to the west teased and opened the minds of English embroiderers more than three centuries ago.
Stitched over two threads on 40 count linen, the finished piece will measure approximately 12″ x 14″. Cross stitch is the only stitch required, so the piece is recommended for any level of skill.