Today I got pictures of stitching progress of 2 different projects!
The first is the sitiching report of an icon of Russian Saints Peter and Fevroinia of Murom who are considered to be patrons of marriage, life long love and fidelity.
The story of love and fidelity of these two persons dates back to the 13 century.
The Duke Peter defeated a guileful snake who was causing much trouble to the people of his lands, ruled by Peter's brother Paul. But while fighting the snake Peter had got several drops of the snake's blood on him and his body covered with awful scabs. No doctor could help him then. But one day a wise man told him about a devout young peasant maiden, who lived in the most remote part of his lands and healed the incurables and who agreed to heal him. As a reward Peter promised to marry Fevronia when she succeded in healing him, but once healed, he didn't keep his promise and instead sent rich gifts to the maiden. However, soon Peter's body started to get covered with scabs again. Fevronia healed him again and this time they get married.
Peter's brother Paul soon died and Peter was to become to ruler of Murom. But the nobles - the boyars - were huffish and unwilling to have a peasant woman for princess, and they asked Fevronia to leave the city taking with her whatever riches she wants. Wise Fevronia agreed, asking them to let her choose but one most precious fro her item. The boyars readily let her do that, but soon found out that this most precios item was her husband, and Peter together with Fevronia left Murom. The city remained without a prince, and after a short while the boyars started to struggle for the power over the city, and the city of Murom plunged into chaos. So finally Peter and Fevronia were asked to get back and rule the city.
They reigned wisely and happily until their last days,and spent the end of their life in monasteries. They knew they would die on the same day and asked to be buried in the same grave. Though the Russian Orthodox tradition does not allow for a monk and a nun to be buried together, their bodies were twice found to disappear from the original coffins and finally remained in the common grave forever.
Thus Peter and Feveronia became the Russian Orthodox patrons of marriage, love and marital fidelity.
This icon is one from a quaint collection "The Russian Orthodox Icons"
Our icons are based on the canonical images of well known and honored persons of the Russian Orthodox religion and performed in the Blackwork technique.
We plan to finish stitching the modles of this collection be the end of this year, so the release of the whole collection will take place in 2013.
And one more progress report is my humble Napping cat.
A friend of mine picked it up for a speedy stitching as she adores cats. Now the most of the job is done and it is only the matter of stitching golden thread and attaching beads, sequins and tassels in place!
How I love these days when I get such good news! It is so thrilling to see the projects that were designed by myself to become the real pieces of embroidery!