Monday, June 01, 2009

RUBY ANTIQUE

Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.
The Baldishol Tapestry (http://www.drakt.org/Baldishol.html)is the oldest made in Norway. Woven in the 12th century. The month April and May is depicted. The original is in a glass mounter in Art and Craft Museum of Oslo. We said hello to it, visiting our capital for the Dylan concert. The copy is embroidered by my mother some 35-40 years ago. Hangs in our living room. Another is in my birth-home. Very good memories attatched to these two guys. I found this picture taken by Gunnar some six years ago. My Dad is drinking water and my Mom has evidently been making food..in my home.
I guess she'd made a staple of her delicious waffles.
Up left is the picture she embroidered.
My Dad died two years ago June first.
I miss him so.

27 comments:

Annie said...

This is a really interesting image, Felisol. Clearly a depiction of the Holy Wars of the Middle Ages. the colors still look so rich.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful tapestry, Felisol. You always seem to find something red, don't you?

BTW, I was so glad to read your comment about writing down all you eat and that it helps. I'm very happy about that.

Ralph said...

This tapestry is beautiful, and surely the craftsmanship is superb to be still together to this day in the museum...and the copy looks beautiful. Remembering your heritage is wonderful...

ellievellie said...

I guess women were not that popular back then. Nice ancient version of a wall calendar. Modern one is usually full of Pretty ladies

Terry said...

dear felisol, the guy on the left with all the red hair and green beard is saying good bye to the man on the horse who seems to be going off to a war.
and by the looks of it, it is not ducks or pheasants he is hunting.
what does the picture mean felisol?
is it a church history tapestry?
there sure is a nice combination of colors!....lots of different shades of red and green and blue!
good one felisol....love terry

Terry said...

oh felisol
i never noticed this picture the first time i came.
it has been two years already..
although i am good at remembering birthdays, i fail so badly when it comes to dates where special of our people have moved on to heaven,
i will put something special on pilgrim pals for dad ljung.
please give my best to gunnar, serina and mom ljung on this day as they remember....love terry

ellievellie said...

My Mom likes embroidery too - she makes a lot of orthodox icons in goblen. My father passed in 2003, but I miss him like it was yesterday. But it is our turn to live now - so I'm enjoying to look what is around me :)

Leora said...

Nice to show us your father. I can understand missing someone dear.

The tapestry is so flat (as opposed to Renaissance and later shaded, academic art) and cheerful. One could see how it could inspire a modern artist.

Felisol said...

Dear Terry,
The Tapestry is supposed to have had 12 pictures, one for each month of the year.
April and May is what's left. My favorite months.
I suppose the first one is man is welcoming the birds, returning from faraway lands. The May man looks as if he's on his way out, maybe an early crusader, wearing both helmet and shield.

The tapestry was found in an old church a hundred years ago. The wash lady used it for protecting her knees when cleaning those hard stone floors.

Thank oyu for kind words to my family. I will send them further on.
From Felisol

Carletta said...

Wow, your Mom's embroidery skills are wonderful! I love that whole wall of artwork I see.
It's hard when a loved one passes. No matter how many years pass will still miss them. My Dad's been gone almost 13 years come July and I still miss him more every day.
Blessings and hugs.

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Dora said...

Nice red art work. :)

Robin said...

Beautiful embroidery work, I'd love to see the original someday, medieval tapestries are real favorites of mine.

I wish I could taste your mother's waffles too!

Robin said...

PS How was the show? I haven't seen Dylan in concert since the late 80's.

Felisol said...

Dear Robin,
The Dylan show was..awesome!
The concert hall was full booked. The public varied from 18 to 75!
Dylan 's voice is rawer than ever, yet melodious and sensitive. He's playing kind of light jazz style.
Swinging and happy.
He had a variety of songs from the early 60ies to the then not released "Together through life".
None greater.. ever.
From Felisol

Auntie E said...

tapestries are so nice to look at. It seems red is use a lot in them. A sign of Wealth. Lovely photo of your parents. Sorry about your Dad, My Mom died 18 mo ago and I do Miss her also.

Felisol said...

Dear Auntie E,
I've tried several times to answer your comment on your blog.
Somehow your blog site will not accept me. My writing has vanished into thin air.
I hope it doesn't happen to others, cause then you''ll loose deserved feed back.

Your red lawn tractor was so charming and you did well in repairing it.
From Felisol

Eaton Bennett said...

Felisol, Things we have these days have short life spans. Nothing modern will last as long as those tapestry's you mention, I doubt it anyway. Your mom is good at tapestry needlework...and I understand the pain of loss of a parent. Twenty nine years since I lost my dad. Still I don't like to think about it. regards, Eaton. :))

storyteller said...

Lovely reds in the beautiful tapestry! My condolences on the loss of your Dad. Mine's been gone for 34 years and I still miss him.
Hugs and blessings,

Jim said...

Hi Felisol -- Do you think we ever, ever, will stop missing our Moms? I suppose our parents are in our memories almost as much as those living.

She did wonderfully witht he tapestry. Right away it reminded me of the The Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux, Normandy, France. It goes around an entire large museum room.
That tapestry depicts the Norman invasion of France (and events leading up to it) back in 1066.

Your mom did good, the embroidery s beautiful. My mom embroidered a little, I think most women of her time did.

Happy RT,
..

Dianne said...

all the art work on the wall behind your Dad is lovely

your Dad had a kind face

anniversaries are difficult but love last forever - in different forms

hugs sweet lady

Sue said...

Beautiful photos. Your mom is very talented in her embriodery. Sorry about your Dad, you must miss him

Amrita said...

A masterpiece indeed Felisol.

Mother is an artist and so deft with her hands. Excelling in what she does.

Holding such pictures close to the heart is so comforting Felisol.
Sometimes I dive into memories. They make me smile. Like our family your family is closely knit.

May the Lord comfort your heart as you remember your Daddy If I can he would be smiling down upon all of you and longing to embrace you. I feel that for my Dad too and also my aunt Sybil.

Amrita said...

Sonia made a very intricaste tapestry for a missionary friend, it took her months to complete it.

Crown of Beauty said...

Another lovely Ruby Tuesday post, dear Felisol.

What a dear couple, yes I know how you must miss you father. Mine died more than fifteen years ago, a pain still goes through my heart each time I remember his goodness, his gentleness.

Thank you for this post.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a gorgeous tapestry. It must have taken your mother a very long time to stitch it!

Raven said...

What a lovely tapestry and a beautiful photo of your parents. Dealing with the death of those I love, I find that time goes both fast and slow... and two years or twenty seems like yesterday and forever ago.