PDX: Home Sweet Home
It feels great to have my first embroidery works finished and framed- a project that started several months ago. The whole process was a new experience for me, so a lot time was spent problem-solving. The most challenging part of the process was actually the framing. I didn't really think through this part when working on the pieces. I learned it would have been much easier if I had designed the fabric pieces to fit ready-made canvas frames versus designing custom frames to fit the works. At least I found a great wood shop connection (just a few blocks away!), and the materials used for both of the outer frames was reclaimed wood. The frame for PDX is reclaimed white oak, and the frame for Opus is reclaimed mahogany.
Altogether I spent over 60 hours on the two embroidery works. It seems like a lot of time for two small art pieces, but I'm quite pleased with how they turned out and look forward to starting the next one. I'm thinking about going bigger this time, maybe a 10" x 15" piece. (The two current works are around 9" x 9".)
Another work that I had framed was this drawing called Sky + Forest. I really like the minimal look of the frame; it doesn't take away from the art work. I also like the fact that you can hang the art piece on a wall or have it sit on a shelf.
I attached wire to the new framed works, so they are all ready to hang. The two pieces shown here are currently available in my Etsy shop.