Living in the Land of Lincoln (and very grateful that the political season is over), I am celebrating my favorite president of the US, Abe Lincoln, on this Thread-u-cation Thursday. There he is as we all remember him, a shinny penny on the wall.
The challenge I set for making this piece was to create a scene or setting for an object with hand embroidery stitches alone. Blue Chair and Abe began with a stamp I carved from Safety-Kut. This stamp, inked up with blue textile paint, was stamped onto a plain background fabric.
My first stitching step was to secure Abe to the wall so he could gaze lovingly at the blue chair. My clumsy version of the shisha mirror stitch keeps him in place while I design the room with stitches of size 8 thread.
Being a "fun up front" kinda gal, I go to town on the oval rug first. Stem Stitches and Cross Stitches define the rug shape and then I add more Stem Stitches to the chair to outline it. Chain Stitches form the floor boards and the tasteful wallpaper is orderly Straight Stitches. Why he's surrounded by that goofy frame, I'll never know. But I'd still vote for him today.