A faux-tale of the origin of the Belvoir Angel.
The Belvoir Angel is a motif carved into headstones during the late 1600’s and early 1700’s and considered unique to the Vale of Belvoir and Framland area (East Midlands UK) .
The mystery of who developed the first Belvoir Angel designs will most likely never be solved and perhaps that is part of the motif’s charm. Having been to the Festival of Quilts 2018 featuring the 1718 Patchwork Coverlet (in silk) and being totally captivated by the mystery of that maker too I decided to combine these two interests.
I aged some silk scraps with tea and coffee soaks, created an applique pattern from my Belvoir Angel sketches and made “The Original Belvoir Angel” complete with a tale about it’s discovery. The only problem was that people got very excited believing it was real during the exhibition and I had to explain it was a faux tale.