Monday, January 12, 2009

A Gift for a Friend



While I love the look of fancy needlework, I have mostly confined myself to "practical" sewing (garments, accessories, and the like). However, thanks to a very talented lady in our church (and "talented" is an unbelievable understatement), I recently learned the art of shadow embroidery!



I decided to put my new skill to use in a Christmas gift for a dear friend. Deciding how to frame it proved to be both challenging and delightful! I love the look of lace on ribbon.



Contrary to my expectations, shadow embroidery is a most satisfying and relaxing occupation. I love the delicate look produced by a single strand of embroidery floss, which criss-crosses the back in a herringbone pattern. Actually, I like the back as much as the front!



I think shadow embroidery might easily become addictive. And another crafty addiction was just what I needed... *smile*

6 comments:

  1. Of course, Shannon. New crafty addiction are always needed. What if you woke up one day and found that you could no longer do the crafts you had learn over a year ago. As long as you have been adding new crafty addictions, you'll be find. ;-)

    BTW, the picture doesn't do justice to the actual gift.

    Tiffany

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  2. That is so pretty! Can we see the back too?

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  3. It's beautiful Shannon! I'm sure your friend was delighted with her gift!

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  4. Wow! That is so beautiful! Great job! I love the way you framed it, very creative!

    Blessings!
    Rachel

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  5. Thank you for your kind words! :-) Alas, Chatty Housewife, I had already framed it by the time I remembered to take pictures, so it's now beyond my reach! :-)

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  6. Your friend IS so delighted with it! =D I've done embroidery, but nothing so neat and pretty as this. It's beautiful Shannon --you did an amazing job. Thanks Dear! <3

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