Inspired by my first piece of fiber art, I wanted to make something extra special for my mom’s big birthday this year. I considered a number of Sarah Benning‘s patterns, but then it dawned on me that I could use my mom’s artwork as a pattern!
I roped my dad in as I had a very specific drawing in mind – and my mom has hundreds, if not over a thousand drawings on her blog. They love the mountain ridge, most visible in winter and early spring, in New London, NH and I remembered a beautiful sketch of the ridge at sunset.
I printed it in color, bought floss at the inimitable Michael’s in downtown LA, and traced the drawing onto white muslin. A fair amount of experimentation was in order because a) this was only my second time embroidering and b) I was unhappy with several of my first attempts at long stitches. The trees came together with shorter, interwoven stitches and back stitches for branches and brush.
All told, this piece took about 10 hours and traveled with me from Los Angeles to Chicago and Madison and home again. My reward?