My past and present captured in embroidery

Sep 25, 2009

I have a bag of beautiful vintage silk fabrics that my grandmother gave me years ago.  The fabrics are actually garment remnants from traditional Korean dresses called Hanboks.

One day, I had this idea to embroider images of Portland on the silk fabric.  I had dabbled with embroidery before, but more with lettering than imagery.  I decided to pick up a hoop and a embroidery stitching tool at a craft store, and I'm so glad I did!  The embroidery went so much faster!

I was able to complete my first Portland embroidered image that first evening.  I probably should have sketched it out first on the fabric, but I'm super impatient when it comes to prep work.   Hopefully you recognized it's the Hawthorne Bridge!

All I have to do now is wrap it around a stretched canvas frame so that it's ready to hang.


Katie said...

Love it! Great idea.

Cathy McMurray said...

Thanks! Not quite sure what Portland place I'm going to embroider next.

Tae (Lee, Hyun Tae) said...

beautiful.. I am Korean :)
We wear Hanbok for traditional wedding or New Years day.
I don't know about the bridge, but your wave under the bridge is so cute!

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