Progress on Christus Natus Est

Two Bottom Corners Completed

Two Bottom Corners Completed

As you can see, my recent obsession with this panel is paying off. I’ve finished the two bottom corners of the panel, and sunk all the loose ends. The red of St Joseph’s robe is enlivened with the rust sprinkled through it. Under normal lighting it barely shows, but it does make a slight difference, and with a strong side light, it warms up the red and increases the contrast with the blue of the Virgin’s robe. Good. I’d hate to have to unpick it!

Progress So Far

Progress So Far

The view of the whole thing shows that I have now only got the star to do in silk – all the other design elements are in. I still have to add St Joseph’s halo, but I’m running slightly short on the cream silk thread and I want to get the star in before I start going back to the haloes.

I’ve also begun to correct the curve of the Virgin’s robe. At the moment it is much too straight, so I am trying to curve it some more.

In fact it is the tidying up of small details such as this which might interfere with my ambition to have this finished by mid-November. I’ll have to continue to tweak until it looks right, and who knows how much I will need to do?


  1. Gina-B says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for keeping us updated on this, I love seeing it progress!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Penny says:

    Wonderful!!! Its always those last minute ‘tweaks’ that get us!

  4. It is looking good. I’m sure it is even more beautiful when seen with the naked eye. There is so much that a camera just can’t capture.

  5. Looking wonderful.

  6. Penny says:

    Wish I had your patience and attention to detail.

  7. Lady Fi says:

    So very very gorgeous!

  8. Janice says:

    What an achievement! I suspect you’re right – mid November is a little ambitious. Those ‘details’ can take an awful long time! But they have to be done and they mustn’t be rushed – so when it’s done, it’s done and it will be all the more beautiful for the time taken.

  9. Alex says:

    The section where the red and blue appear to cross and create purple is fantastic. It really tricks the eye into believing the colours are translucent.