The Art of Darkness

Seven Deadly Sins Mosaic

June 26th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Notre Dame Mosaic

If you’ve been looking for a new cross-stitch or similar artwork idea, check these out. The fogbound site recently posted this set of images taken at the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France. They’re mosaics representing the seven deadly sins, plus an additional reptilian critter with the legend Vade Retro Satana (“Get thee behind me, Satan”).

There’s a set of photos of the same mosaics (minus the Satan one) on Wikimedia Commons; the resolution is a little higher on those, but the colors seem a bit washed out.

These would be splendid patterns for cross-stitch, beading, or (if you’re particularly ambitious) quilting. There are several online converters which will translate photographs into patterns: MyPhotoStitch, Pic 2 Pat, PictureCraftwork, and Stitchboard will all allow you to upload a photo for conversion, either for free or (if the stitch count is above a certain size) for a small fee. You can google “cross stitch pattern converter” for others.

A set of cross-stitched sins would look great on framed a wall or even used to decorate throw pillows. You could also choose your favorite sin to decorate everything from book covers to pocket patches.

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  1. Pixel Pixie Says:

    Imma break out the embroidery machine and put those along the hem of a dress.

  2. xJane Says:

    Using mosaics as a pattern for a quilt or crossstitch is a great idea! “Vade Retro Satana” sounds, however, like Harry Potter-fan level Latin. (I’m sure it’s not, but it just sounds like “walk backwards, grape” to me.)

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