Tuesday, May 3, 2011

RECYCLING PROJECT

Earlier in the year I listed a few items I really wanted to stitch included was an embroided cover for my bible.
In truth the cover on my bible was not going to hold together much longer and needed some very strong and somewhat ugly tape to give it support. I had drawn up a design I thought I would like to stitch but thats as far as I got.... then the cord holding up my "Love is" piece broke and the embroidered picture came tumbling down.


I have always liked this piece- the design came from an old Christmas card that I found some time in the 70's and would you believe it I kept it for 20 years, This was stitched in 1997 and had great support from Jack my picture framer who cut the mat while I was stitching it and was able to check as I went along that everything was placed correctly. Now all these years later sadly the mat was looking faded and I had the inspiration to take the embroidery out of the frame and recycle it.


I have mounted it onto deep blue velvet, the velvet was some scarps I had from when the Elders chairs at St Andrew's Church Coromandel where re-covered, and added to making my new book cover special. I'm not sure if the threads had faded slightly, but it was hard to find something to match to make a cord  I finally found a Pearsalls 'Filo-Floss' Stranded silk. Here is the finished cover.



8 comments:

Mouse said...

ooo that's really good :) upcycling at its best :0 love mouse xxxx

Lilian Pilar said...

Lee, es un trabajo precioso..besitos

Joan said...

delighted to see this lovely piece that we have been looking at on the wall now getting a new lease of life.

Annie said...

It amazing what a little re-purposing can do. The piece has such a different look in it's new home. Both original framing and the current cover are beautiful.

Carol said...

Oh, I like your repurposed finish even better than the original, Lee!! Beautiful job...

Ruth said...

wonderful piece and so beautiful

Ruth said...

wonderful piece and so beautiful

Evelyne said...

Oh, Lee it's beautiful and good you kept it for so long, now he found the right please!