This is black silk sewing thread on 31 tablets, with Kreinik Japan gold and silk embroidery floss for the brocading. The quote is from Philippians; the entire verse goes: "Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your request known to God." Obviously, I excerpted a portion that I could fit onto a book mark - the whole thing would have made a ribbon belt!
This piece was woven for the TWIST Spring 2000 Sample Exchange. The text is a quote from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; the Middle English spellings follow the Ellesmere manuscript. To clarify some of the confusing letter forms, the quote reads: "Whan that Aprille with hise shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote." The alphabet is one used commonly during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, called "Textura Quadrata"; the Latin means "squarely woven" because pages of text written in it look as if they are woven. The band was woven of J&P Coats' Double-Duty sewing thread, using 35 four-holed tablets.