This time the design is inspired by the rose window in the south transept of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
|One of my photos of the south transept rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral.|
When I had completed the stitching on this little square of boutis and was looking for a way to finish it,
the idea to combine it with free motion quilting and create a larger wall hanging (below) came as an afterthought.
|The boutis is central to this combined machine/boutis wall hanging.|
I quite liked this idea and decided to try it again, this time making the window completely into a boutis piece.
Using our photo of Notre Dame Cathedral as the basis for the design, my Autocad enabled husband has made a template that I can use to create my pattern.
In the book, "How to Build a Cathedral", by Malcolm Hislop, Ivy Press, UK 2012 (ISBN: 978-155-267-571-7), I found a tracery image (below, left) of an original sketch for the south rose window. The "Paris Rayonette" style, as it was named because of the radiating lines from the center out, was popularized during the French Gothic period, and became the standard for many French cathedrals. The actual window that was constructed between 1250 - 1270 (below, right), was designed by architect Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil. It simplified the earlier design from 16 radiating segments, to include only 12 segments in the final build in 1260.
I am referencing the original 1250 tracery because I like it's lacey characteristics.
Using the autocad drawn version of my photo as the template, I am in the process of creating the design. The first step is to trace the basic lines and create 1/8" (or less) channels. From there, I will add any other detailed design elements that I would like to include in my final pattern.
This is the first of several boutis pieces that will become part of a larger wall hanging.