Sappho by Steve Plummer
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February 2018
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The illusion is based on a painting of Sappho by Auguste Charles Mengin. It was painted in 1877 and is now in Manchester Art Gallery. Sappho was a Greek poet who lived around 600BC. She threw herself into the sea because of unrequited love, still holding her lyre.

The original painting is very dark, as is the illusion. It has lots of subtle shading. If you don’t have room to hang such a big piece you could add a wide border and use it as a bed cover.

I used Stylecraft Special DK in Midnight and Buttermilk. If you wanted it to be smaller you could use a thinner yarn. Illusions work whatever thickness of yarn you use. I used about 1100 metres (1200 yards) of each colour plus extra for the border and mounting.

My finished hanging measures 94 cm x 150 cm (37” x 60”).

The pattern contains several versions of the chart, including one for tablet or phone use.

The last photo is a moving animation of the illusion.