Singing a Praise to the Woman
Blessed be the women, they braid and weave celestial roses for a terrestrial
Schiller in "If women"
The Petit Point is their art! Since the Antiquity and in all the classes of the
society this art is maintened by the Tell me more artists of them. As of the
time of the Pharaons the needlepoint art appeared with the first work using the
needle. One embroidered there already the folds of clothing of Pharaons.
Excavations in the Crimea, on the peninsula of kertsch, carried at the ligth
some tapestries stitched out with threads and flat gold of a smoothness which
testify to the quality of the Greek art of the textile ornament. At the
Christian era one finds a tapestry embroidered with the needle to the palate of
Khosrô-II (590-628), king of Sassanides. This work is known by the
inventory of the plundering of this palate by the Byzantine emperor
Héraclius. One says that this tapestry was embroidered by the Princess
Chirine, "the Clay Princess", a Christian woman of Byzance which got
married Khosrô-II and this one who, to thank for this marvellous work
build for her a splendid palate, Kasr-e-Chirin. But what other proof of
attachment that this Bayeux tapestry stitched in the XIth century by the Queen
Mathilde and recalling the Great Britain Conquest's exploits by her King
Guillaume of Normandie?
The saint-Cyr stitch (basketweave), as impregnated of the spirit of the
school where it was born, is a lesson of modesty.
It is not essential by an extravagant
appearance. One would believe to see it having to deal only with one simple half
cross stitch (a tent stitch). It is timidly that it is presented at us as must
do it the girls of well education. It is only gradually and after long
preliminaries that this small stitch reveals not only its hidden face but also
its complexity which, let us note it, does not have to be confused here with
Madam de Maintenon was to know well all the interest which her girls could
learn.us.m the training of this stitch of tapestry. All in this simple stitch
meets natural female qualities. It is initially a make up which embellishes what
it discovers. It seems complex as first access but by an attention and constant
consideration it is nevertheless easily under control. Its structure is solid
and resists tirednesses of the fashionable and family life. The patience which
is necessary for its realization and its achievement is like the reflection of
that necessary to the education of the children. Finally in all its appearances
which they are of prestige or domestic its presence cannot never be ignored.