Hi there! I'm told this is stumpwork, worked by my Grandmother Evelyn in the 70's. Sunset Designs. Yes, needs cleaning, stretching and mounting, for now it's protected, rolled in linen, await from light.
These skillful specialty stitches done with yarn are breathtaking, how she accomplished these dimentional stitches is truly amazing. I wish I had more of her hand work, huge vibrant hand stripped and sewn braided rugs, knitting, delicate crotchet and hand designed embroidery.
This is quite large, notice the details of the ivy and hanging leaves on the Boston Fern, the texture of baskets and stamins in the bleeding hearts, and the wee frog ~ AAAAAAACCCK ~ a frog in Grandmother's stitching ~ it must be some horrible mistake ~ LOL!
Well done Grandma, well done. Rest assured this piece has been and will be very well cared for. Now... if you could please sprinkle a healthy dose of stitcher's fairy dust over me the next time you're near:)