Reinterpreting Art

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.

Fibert art - embroidery - Sue Anne Bottomley - Karin TracyAll told, this piece took about 10 hours and traveled with me from Los Angeles to Chicago and Madison and home again. My reward?

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