St Edmund’s, Southwold. Revisiting Rood Screens Suffolk V – Working from ‘David with harp’

Edlyn-slate-screenHere is another of my Edlyn series. Working with the same design, but this time choosing colours from another panel.

David with harp

Rood screen detail showing part of the panel ‘David with harp’ in front of the Lady Chapel of the south aisle. St Edmund’s Church, Southwold. Oil on panel with gesso and gilt original circa 1480, but heavily restored during the 19th century.

I rather liked the melancholy of the ‘David with harp’ panel and I thought the blues, the very pale grey, and the faded lilacs seen on the surrounding woodwork would make an interesting scarf.


Adding more colour to imitate the golden feel of the original David panel.


At this stage again as with the first of this series, the colours were all looking too clean and all more 21st century than 15th century. So I used my hard bristle brush again and swept lightly across the silk with a thickish greeny-grey resist over the blue.


And, finally I added black dye to the background to give the overall design some depth.


The piece was finished and ready for steaming.


And here’s the scarf after a couple of hours in the steamer.




About agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.
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9 Responses to St Edmund’s, Southwold. Revisiting Rood Screens Suffolk V – Working from ‘David with harp’

  1. susanpoozan says:

    You explained your work really clearly and the final product looks charming, loved the colours you used.

  2. I love this color scheme.

  3. margaret21 says:

    That is lovely. Your debt to David and his harp is clear, but so is your fresh interpretation.

    • agnesashe says:

      Thank you. You know I don’t think I could produce this series of scarves without constant referral to the fantastic originals. I am so impressed with those medieval artists such a shame they remain nameless.

  4. It’s so interesting to see the process and the final product is so unique. I love that colour combination. Will you give it a name on your website?

    • agnesashe says:

      I’ve called this series of scarves ‘Edlyn’ and this particularly one is Edlyn Slate. Apparently, Edlyn is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning princess, but I’ve also read it might have meant noble waterfall which I rather like although it doesn’t fit with the rood screen source material.

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