I was flicking through one of my favourite books that lives on our coffee table the other night. I just have to share this wonderful image with you. If you click on it you'll see the finer detail.
According to the book, "All the linen for the yacht Christina, owned by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was embroidered by the Porthault firm. The execution is so perfect, espeicially in terms of shading, that it is hard to distinguish the watercolour sketch from the final embroidered version."
I've wandered into the Porthault store in Ave Montaigne in Paris, hoping to see such fine work. I think this is some of the prettiest embroidery I've ever seen, don't you?