The Basilica of San Francesco in Bologna is no exception, when we walked into the 13th century building I was immediately struck by a stunning Goldwork altarcloth:
|Besides couched gold threads there are also areas of raised plating to accent the turn-over parts of the leaves.|
|Jewels and other ornaments are worked right into this amazing piece.|
|Bobbin lace at the top made of gold thread and gold fringe at the bottom!|
This altarcloth was a work of particular magnificence, utilizing many of the techniques and materials of Goldwork embroidery. It was so incredible and so well executed! If Goldwork interests you and you're in Bologna, don't miss the opportunity to study this piece!
There was also a lot of other needlework on display in the Basilica, like cutwork and needlelace but we'll look at those another time.