Thursday, May 20, 2021

And Now for Something Complete Different

 I have been knitting -- especially because I've been binging on WandaVision on Disney -- but that isn't all. I've been embroidering this:

This embroidery is based on the book pictured below.  It was published in 1918, so it is no longer under copyright. As a child, I read constantly. When I saw this book at a flea market, I just had to buy it, knowing someday it would be an embroidery. Besides, I suffer from a nostalgia for all things 20th century -- before 1980, that is.

There were 27 Grace Harlowe books, which follow her from high school, through service in France in WWI, and onto other adventures. I'm trying to read this book, but it is pretty dull from today's point of view.

I've encountered quite a learning curve as I've converted this into an embroidery. Going from black/white to full color has been harder than I expected.  And there are no words to describe the tedium of embroidering the book's title with tiny stitches. And I am terrified I'll ruin the entire thing when I stitch the face.

I chose the passage of text as being representative of the tone of the book. Those small words aren't too difficult to stitch.

This will take me a while to finish -- good thing I'm retiring! -- but I already have the next book cover picked out!

P.S. The police arrested the person who threatened gun violence against my school. The press is describing the person as a "child," and that's all we know.

12 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I'm glad they caught the person who threatened the school. WE ARE ALMOST DONE!

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  2. I love that you are making something with such a personal connection. That is going to be so cute.

    Glad they found the person that made the threat. I'm sure everyone relaxed just a little bit knowing that.

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  3. I have never heard of the Grace Harlowe books. I am glad the police located the person who made the threat. This is a crazy world.

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  4. What a great idea! Your stitching is excellent. You could use a permanent fabric pen to complete the face - if you found one that didn’t spread. Happy stitching!

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  5. The stitching is incredible! I remember reading a few of those books -what fun to convert it to embroidery! (I hope the school situation resolves well)

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  6. How brilliant is that? My great grandmother had a trunk filled with books like that in the living room of her big old Victorian house and I loved to play with them. I can still smell their musty scent and feel the grainy covers. I wish I had saved a few of my favorites. She had a mystery that featured Ginger Rogers that I particularly loved.

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  7. So glad they caught the person who made the threats. How scary! :pve your embroidery...like others, I have never heard of those books.

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  8. that is gorgeous and so creative!

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  9. What a wonderful project! I can't wait to see it unfold. . .

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  10. What a fun and creative project!now I have to check on that author. Glad they caught that person!

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  11. What a lovely project, it's going to look amazing when done. I hope the next one has a shorter title!

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  12. Still such scary times, I am glad you are retiring soon so you can have a much needed break. Love your idea to embroider book covers. well done.

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