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.