Despite having a snowstorm day yesterday which kept me inside at the machine for most of the time, progress on the Epiphany antependium was minimal. I've been pondering what shape I would like the bottom to be. Squared off seems so ho-hum. First I thought a long, ovate, heraldic-looking shape ending in a point capped with a single tassel would be the ticket, but it left too much plain area where the Magi didn't fit. The kings have been designed to fill the width of the space almost completely. What I hit upon was a shape reminiscent of the top notches on a castle wall - think of the rook in a chess set - but slightly rounded, and more in the style of architecture we often see used for Bethlehem 2000 years ago. I gathered up some plates from the kitchen to try out some semi-circles. An old Corelle luncheon plate was the perfect size.
Often I use freezer paper to draw the templates, but Pellon Stitch-N-Tear is so handy: it's 20-1/4" wide, which is the exact measurement of my finished piece. I folded it in half so that my circles would be identical.
This is what I've ended up with, and I like it. The finished version will be a bit shorter than shown here and will have a white tassel on each point. It will require bias binding to finish this edge when the time comes.