Elijah's Ascension on a Fiery Chariot
Collection: Biblical Scenes
Needlework by Ilana Limoni
Illustrations painted by Lindy Tilp
Illustrations adapted by Lindy Tilp from
The Illustrated Family Bible, DK Publishing
Text from the Koren Tanakh (1965 edition)
Completed in 2005
It took less than one year to make
Materials and technique:
Petit Point Canvas made from cotton with an 18 mesh mono weave (i.e., 324 stitches per square inch)
Threads are silk, cotton, wool and metallic fibers
Technique is a variety of stitches
H: 65½” (166.4 cm) W: 38½” (97.8 cm)
With frame: H: 66” (167.6 cm) W: 39” (99.1 cm)
The two books of Kings, which are in “Prophets” (Nevi’im), is the second major section of the Bible (Tanakh). The rendering is of Elijah with his horse led chariot and his pupil Elisha crying out to him, which is based upon Kings II.
Process in general:
Unlike the other needlepoints in this collection, Ilana specifically directed her artist as to what she wanted illustrated on the canvas. After the painting was finished, Ilana needlepointed the artwork and covered the remainder of the canvas with a background and border.
All needlepoints in the biblical scene collection have a similar border.
This is the only needlepoint in the collection that does not have any biblical verses, aside from the quote at the top of the canvas.