Beata Beatrix Illusion by Steve Plummer

Beata Beatrix Illusion

June 2013
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The illusion is based on Beata Beatrix, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The original painting, which is now in Tate Britain, was dated 1864 but not completed until 1870. Rosetti later created several other versions.

The painting was inspired by the work of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri who wrote in the thirteenth century. The model was Rosetti’s wife, Elizabeth Siddal who died in 1862. The painting was created from the many earlier drawings he had done of her.

The illusion shown in the photos was made using DK yarns and measures approximately 80 cm x 60 cm (32” x 24”). It used approximately 360 metres (400 yards) of each of two colours plus some extra for the border. Any weight of yarn can be used but other yarns might change the overall size.

The final photograph here shows the piece when viewed from directly in front.

September 2013 Update
The pattern now includes an extra chart intended for use by tablet users but others may find it helpful. You can view 20 ridges at a time and always be able to see the numbers across the bottom of the chart. Never lose your place again!