Pascals' Wager, 2014. Hand embroidery, cotton on found linen cloth, 18" square.
After three tries, and two trips to town, I finally got the right size of stretcher bar for this piece. Apparently there was some kind of gap between the measuring tape and my brain. But the piece is properly mounted now - I used a curved needle to stitch each picot point to the backing linen cloth.
Detail showing three dimensionality of stitch.
The quote comes from a translation of Blaise Pascal's Pensees (one day I will figure out how to type the accents in French), first published in 1669. That's about the same time as Louis Nicolas, which is mostly coincidence, but does indicate the lively intellectual environment of the day.


  1. I *love* this! Both the quote and the work itself! Well done, Heather! xx

  2. Amazingly fine stitching, Heather! I have lots of those lovely old cloths, most large enough for my kitchen table. I use them regularly but it never would have occurred to me to see them as art! You have a special eye.

  3. Anonymous9:57 AM

    love the close-up, the texture of the linen and those tiny lettered stitches, don't know how you get them so perfect.

  4. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Fabulous! I've been embroidering words on fabric for a quilt lately and was very happy with my progress . . . until I saw this!


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