Jun 20, 2010
I needed some twill tape earlier this week, so my daughters and I took a trip to the fabric store. As I was getting 8 yards of twill tape measured, my youngest daughter was checking out the array of embroidery floss nearby. I could see her softly touching some of the brightly colored thread as if to say "I would choose this one." So, after my twill tape was cut, I asked her if she wanted to help me pick out a few colors. That few quickly became a dozen.
In recent months, I have had an urge to use embroidery thread in my work, especially after seeing the works of this artist. My embroidery floss stayed packed away until I printed out this design on fabric a few days ago.
The design is based on my drawing "Pods." I liked how the center of the design turned out and thought that a monogram would fit nicely in the space. Instead of a person's initials, I decided to use "PDX," which is another name for Portland. After cross stitching the letters, I accented some of the details in the work, which totaled over six hours of work. (I'm sure an expert embroiderer could've completed the task in a third of the time!) I still have a few more hours of embroidery ahead of me to finish the piece, but I anticipate that the most challenging part of this project will be the framing. The finished work will measure 8" x 8", and I'm thinking that I would like to make a frame for it. Hmm, did I just say that?