I haven’t really discussed what all I am working on embroidery wise for quite a while.  It seems that the Texas State Parks have taken priority so I thought I would remedy that and show off my first embroidery finish of 2015.

I have been working on a special project through the Fort Worth Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America.  It is a Group Correspondence Course (GCC for short).  It pretty much is exactly as it sounds, a project that you are doing via the mail as a group.  It is the Needlework Tool Case by Mary Long.  It has been a doozy of a project.  This being my first needlework canvas was not what I thought it was going to be.  I was expecting it to be a needlepoint type thing until I received the instructions.  I was stunned but went to work on it with the others.

Green like the leaves, blue like the sky, brown for the trees and red for a cardinal that goes tweet, tweet, tweet.

When I chose the threads and canvas I had a plan.  This was a simple plan, make it represent a sweet late spring morning with the trees in full bloom, the sky filled with beautiful fluffy clouds, and a cardinal chirping outside my bedroom window.  I worked hard to get the design to accommodate this feeling.  I think it comes across rather well.

As you can tell, I made a few personnel changes from Ms. Long’s tool case.  I decided to do a tent stitch (half cross stitch) in brown as the background behind my name and year.  I just didn’t care much for the open canvas look.  There is more than enough of that on the back section.  To me, it looked undone, almost as an afterthought.

I will be showing off my work at the next FTW EGA meeting and then packaging it up to be sent off for evaluation.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the finished project.  Now to wait and see when it will come back to do the lining and final finish.

This is going to be one of the few hand embroidered items I will be keeping for myself.  Usually, I am working on paid commissions, gifts for friends and family, or teaching so this is a special treat for me.

You can see my other bits of art in the gallery section.  Enjoy!  I know I have.

Ren