These two people. I love them a lot. We traveled to Austin, TX together a couple of years ago for the Renegade Craft Fair. While we were lingering on a hillside one evening, waiting to see several hundred thousand bats (whole other story), I took a picture of their shoes (apparently I mainly take pictures of them that don’t show their faces). They both wear awesome shoes, and I loved how these particular pairs of shoes looked standing right next to each other. Their anniversary was coming up, and I flippantly thought “I’ll embroider the shoes and give it to them next month! It’ll be great!” Hubris. I did embroider the shoes, but it took me almost two years.
I took the original photograph, and converted it to a line drawing in Photoshop. Then I transferred it to linen and stitched it. A lot of it didn’t transfer very clearly – the plaid hardly came out at all, so most of that is free-handed and Shawn’s shoes aren’t as detailed as I’d planned. With Shana’s shoes, I had the advantage of having the same pair in my closet for reference. When it was finished, I steamed and starched it and stitched it onto a thin layer of cork, which I then glued onto a small painted bulletin board. Then I sent it off. It’s been a part of my days for a long time, and I kind of miss it; but not as much as I miss them. I love you guys, and I miss your shoes.
Like when you’re looking for inspiration for colors for an embroidery project you’re doing, and you find this:
I wish I had one hanging in my living room. I’m pretty sure it would tie the whole room together.
Last fall I was really enjoying doing some needlework for Christmas gifts. I had big plans to take photographs of everything I did and do a whole blog post on them after the holidays. Needless to say, this did not happen. I took some pictures, which I promptly lost in the thicket of my electronic files. Some things weren’t finished until after Christmas. Other things were never photographed.
I was editing a couple of pictures this morning, and found one of these pieces. This little photo find inspired me, so I did some digging and managed to come up with a few more of the photographs. It’s not the fancy write-up I initially planned, but I had so much fun making these (and then giving them to their intended recipients) that I’m happy to have a small record of it. Such as it is, I present to you Needlefest ’09 (primarily based on inside jokes, but I hope still fun to look at):
I made this for Shana‘s husband, Shawn. The quote is his own. 🙂
This was for Dennice‘s son, who loves both pie & squirrels. Naturally.
This portrait of Archy was made for Leslie, and is a two-part effort. Her boyfriend used an iPhone app to draw a Lennon-esque sketch of Archy, which she loved. I thought the simple lines had possibilities for embroidery, so I made a transfer and stitched it onto a vintage handkerchief.
Art by Chris & fiber interpretation by me.
This piece is also done on a vintage handkerchief, and was made for Skunkboy Creatures‘ craft swap a few months back.