Long a symbol of immortality and rebirth, Ancient Eygptian and Assyrian legends tell of the beautiful Phoenix, a bird that lives for 500-600 years before consuming itself by fire, to rise again, reborn from ashes.
"I have not seen it myself, except in a picture. Part of its plummage is gold colored, and part crimson; and he is for the most like an eagle in outline and in bulk."---Herodotus, Bullfinch's Mythology
"Phoenix Rising" is my original design. I used up to 34 bobbins to create this piece of art lace using single strands of DMC metallic copper floss and 60/2 Irish Linen as an outline thread. The lace motif is approx. 3 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/4 inches long and required more than 30 hours to make. Framed in 1/2 inch oak against a 5 by 7 inch background of black wool, this is the first of a planned series of mythical creatures and will be the only phoenix produced from this pattern.
Valued at $350, exclusive of framing, "Phoenix Rising" was donated to the Phoenix Project Silent Auction in order to help raise funds to repair arson damage to the MNRF site.