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*


  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.


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

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

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


  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,

  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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