This will probably come to no reader of my blog as any surprise, but as a child, I was a Girl Scout. And as a Girl Scout, I learned many applicable skills. Cooking food in tin foil on campfire. Playwriting and theatrical performance with sock puppets. Learning how yarn is made and how to take said yarn and crochet it into a lopsided scarf. I also learned how to cross stitch.
For Melissa Lo's birthday, I wanted to revive this skill from the second grade. I started sketching and then translating the sketches to a pattern. It was an unattractive process even with graph paper. And then I said to myself, "you know Illustrator, why the heck aren't you just doing this on the computer, dummy?" Before long, I had laid out an owl with a Missoni a la Target sweater.
I took a trip to JoAnn's Fabric and purchased my supplies: cross stitching fabric, five colors of embroidery floss (dark blue, dark brown, ivory, gold and orange) and a 5" hoop. I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and was intrigued by the idea of framing the fabric in the hoop, which has a natural hook.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring, I've Loved You So Long, many episodes of Project Runway, Season 4 and Curb Your Enthusiasm were conquered and along the way, I changed the pattern. But was very satisfied with the results:
I gave Melissa Lo the cross stitch on the Tweed Ride and when I visited her apartment yesterday it was proudly displayed among the posters designed by myself and Jared A. May. I'm already plotting the pattern for my next decorative needle point, special for the Pizza Forest Estate.