Esther: Chapters 4-8
Collection: The Five Scrolls
Others in the set: Esther: Chapters 1-4 and
Esther: Chapters 8-10
Needlework by Ilana Limoni
Illustrations painted by Lindy Tilp
Origin of main Illustration: Daniel Eskridge’s “Mordechai and Haman”
Text from the Complete Hebrew Bible found here
Completed in 2015
It took about 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,
plus different kinds of beads are embedded
Technique is a variety of stitches
Size with and without frame:
H: 90½” W: 36”
With frame: H: 91¼” W: 36¾”
Process in general:
The first phase of creating a scroll panel entailed Ilana free form stitching in petit point the Hebrew text onto the canvas, referencing a graph of the Hebrew alphabet she created. Chapters and verses start at the margin, with a new chapter also signified by a larger first letter. Since Hebrew is written from right to left and the verses have different number of words, the left side of each panel had small blank spaces to be filled with simple drawings. With age it was getting more challenging for Ilana’s artist to paint onto the canvas. As in the past, the top was reserved for a significant illustration by her artist, but she merely graphed the smaller images to be used for the other open spaces. In the second phase, Ilana stitched the artwork that was painted and she determined where to free form stitch from the sketches the additional drawings. Also, Ilana designed the border and used the same one for all of the panels in this set.
The scene depicted is of Haman, by leading his nemesis on horseback, shamed into proclaiming the excellency of Mordechai.
For variety, Ilana embedded beads into the Esther panels. This is the first time she incorporated such material into any of her needlework.