#861 FOTC Tapestries

Acquired 2019

Attending the FOTC Convention in Santa Fe, NM, in November 2019, I saw these two handmade nativity tapestries in the silent auction. I thought both were very attractive and would add to wall decorations during my Nativity Open House displays. I didn’t intend to “register” them as nativities in the collection but changed my mind as I packed them away. They were too stunning not to be catalogued! The smaller one is hand quilted, but I do not know by whom. It must have taken endless hours to cut each very-small, intricate piece to create the color scheme that varies in shades. The palm tree billowing around the stable to the silver Star of Bethlehem in the starry sky is an amazing setting to Mary holding the Babe with Joseph tenderly watching over close to Mary’s side. I offered $100 for this piece. The second tapestry is a needle point of very-fine, detailed work sewn on a soft teal burlap fabric. I haven’t seen this type of needle point and it is much more difficult than any project I’ve ever attempted. It is a traditional setting with the Holy Family, a sheep, the three kings, one mounted on his camel, and the shepherd tending his sheep. Two angels peer over the stable centering the Star. I offered $50 for this piece. Fortunately, I won both auction items with my bids and donation to FOTC.