I am now more than halfway through the Aubusson Symphony. The main body of the piece has been stitched and I am now left with the central niches and the voids on the outside. The outer niches get filled with the same pattern, but the centre niche has a different filling. In the original design this is someone’s initials surrounded by simple tent stitch. I have yet to make up my mind about this bit.
I still have not been able to figure out why this piece is called Aubusson Symphony. Fischer and Lasker say nothing about the origin of the title in their book. A quick Google search established that Aubusson is a town in Cruse in central France. It was the centre for the production of woven tapestries in the 17th and 18th centuries. They seem to have specialised in very rich and detailed work. Not much further forward as to why Fischer and Lasker called this piece Aubusson Symphony.