Look at this picture! Isn't it wonderful!?
I have worked at Stanford University Hospital for over five years and never visited the campus library. Today I went and I now have a big smile that won't leave my face because there were so many wonderful books. I am not allowed to check any out, just to put them on hold and make as many scans as I like. I wandered the stacks in a state of bliss. With the research I can do here I will be able to make as many embroidery patterns as I like. I am so happy it doesn't even matter that I wore very inappropriate shoes for walking around on campus and my feet bled or that it was 100 degrees and my refrigerator broke.
Most of the books with good pictures are older and the pictures are mostly b/w but I did find a few color photos. Here is the best color photo that I found today. The book is in German which I do not understand except with the help of Google translator. It has a few pictures of embroideries but only this one color photo of the counted satin stitch/brick stitch which is my focus.
Appuhn, Horst. Kloster Isenhagen Kunst und Kultur im Mittelalter. Lüneburg, Museumsverein für das Fürstentum Lüneburg, 1966
Note that in the picture there is the outline of a donkey(?) that is not filled in with embroidery. I like the unfinished bits because they give clues to how things were made. Also my first impression with my modern point of view is that the angels are holding forks with fish speared on them for roasting over a fire and that it looks like baby Jesus is being served up on a table with the cow salivating over him. However I am certain that is not the correct interpretation.