Sampler (Hercules). 1997. Transfer print on silk and hand embroidery on linen. 22 x 17.75 in. (55.9 x 45.1 cm)

Hercules, when you touch the basket of wool, does not
your mighty hand cringe?
Ovid [43 B.C. - 17 A.D.], Heroides

Nothing is more terrifying to me than to see
Ernest Thesiger sitting under the lamplight
doing his embroidery
Beverly Nichols, in The Sketch, London, 1929

It seems that needlepoint is as old as time.... Try it
once, you'll keep coming back for more!
Rosey Grier, Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men, 1973


Ernst Thesiger        Hercules and Omphale        Rosy Grier