Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Scene Stitching

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.

12 comments:

kathy york said...

Love this one Laura! Your stitching looks mighty fine! And, ol' Abe on the wall is perfect!

Maggie Szafranski said...

We are major Lincoln "fans" in my family! I love that you included Mr. Lincoln in your challenge!

Judy Warner said...

What a great creative piece. Congrats!

Julie Bagamary said...

Beautiful stitchery!

Ivonne said...

mi nombre es Ivonne soy de Costa Rica, este arte me ha encantado siempre pero nunca me he atrevido, la bendición que nace al crear algo tan bello, debe venir de un corazón limpio y cariñoso, estas vacaciones esperan mis hijas Melissa de 7 e Isabella de 8 años que yo las inicie, en mis gustos por cocer y bordar y las artes manuales; Ahora Estoy segura que empesaremos con algo tan lindo como sus creaciones...

(Seguramente no quedaran tan bien en sus manos pequeñas, pero el ver sus hermosos proyectos, seguro les dara fuerza para aprender con amor)

Gracias por regalar tanta belleza :D a quienes la visitamos en la Web

JessicaSews said...

Love the stitchery, Laura!

Frannie said...

Very creative. A lovely tribute.

WoolenSails said...

Very fun piece and use of stitches.
Creative idea to use everyday objects in our pieces too.

Debbie

Frieda said...

Always wonderful.

Vivika said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love it!

Diane J. Evans said...

So would I, Laura!

What a colorful wall quilt you've made -- makes me smile. Amazing what you can do with those clever stitches!

Diane

aitch said...

What a great idea this would be for a guild challenge. Everyone gets the same image to start with and then we see what they can come up with.

Love it.