Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Finished Traveling

A few months ago my local Embroiderers' Guild asked me to give a talk about the inspiration behind and the development of my Breakfast at Tiffany's-inspired embroidery, Traveling.


So yesterday, I put on my black dress and my mother's pearls, and headed off with my slideshow to share my story.  Most of my guild members are not online and do not read blogs so they had never heard the stories that I had shared here on this blog.

One of my guild members, Terri Tubergen, is also a framer.  Terri does excellent work and, when I asked her if she could line the edges of the shadow box with mirror, she didn't hesitate to say she would try.

So yesterday was my first chance to see the final framed piece...and I was thrilled!


I had wanted the piece to resemble the mirror-lined jewelry cases within the Tiffany store itself.
Remember I was worried that I needed to extend the piece with ribbon? And so I traveled to New York to find something?



It turns out, I ended up not using the ribbon I purchased anyway.  It placed the mirror too far away from the work so the mirror was unable to reflect the three-dimensionality of the embroidery like I had envisioned.


We decided to go for it and rest the mirror edges right at the seam allowance.  I was still a bit worried that the mirror sides might overshadow the piece inside.

I'm happy to report that this didn't happen at all.  In fact, the mirrors reflect light to the sides of the three-dimensional components as I had hoped they would.  



I love it!  And it's just too dag-on pretty not to share.

And poor Terri.  

I'm afraid there will be more mirror boxes in her future.  I'm thinking of framing January Reflections the same way.

Furthermore, it got me thinking...This approach would make a great glass table top with embroidery underneath. 

All in all, it sure feels good to have it all finish up so nicely.   And so much fun to share it all with my needle friends.




Happy day everyone!

38 comments:

Cynthia Nicole said...

That is SO beautiful - a Perfect finish for this piece. What a great imagination you have.

katherine said...

what a neat way to frame this piece! it's absolutely beautiful, audrey would be proud...

flower friend said...

Stunning finish to a great project and the story behind the piece adds to its beauty.

Lisa said...

What a perfect finish for a fabulous piece! Looks spectacular!

Vicky aka Stichr said...

Susan I am so glad I have met you while you are still 'one of us' because your work is headed for fame!

Sheila said...

Oh yes! This was the perfect way to finish this project. I'd been wondering which ribbon you used. I really like the idea of a table too. I guess that means you need to make - what - four more? Or seven? That would make a neat square table. Of course if you made 12 total, you'd have a Monthly Bead Journal Coffee Table. Yes, I definitely like that idea. Very cool! ;)

~Sheila

Cari said...

Oh the mirror is PERFECTION. It kind of looks like I'm looking at Holly looking thru the window at Tiffany's. Way too much fun. Your blog has certainly been beautiful to look at and educational to read. Hugs

Wendy said...

ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN' GORGEOUS, Susan!!! SO Beautiful!
I love it, like EVERYTHING ELSE you do!
=-)

Shirlee Fassell said...

The frame is perfect!! Love the mirror reflecting all of your fabulous embroidery!!

Arlene White said...

Susan, I really love the idea of the mirrored frame. It looks fantastic and so glad you decided to share. i can't wait to see your January Reflections, it's my favorite piece and can't wait to see it finished.

Arlene
http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com.au/

Peggy said...

Absolutely stunning! Your work takes my breath away! Cannot wait to see January Reflections framed; the deer's eyes and the bunny's whiskers! Oooh! You are an ARTIST and I agree with Vicky about your heading for fame. Your work just keeps getting better and better!

Wendy said...

This has turned out just stunning! I love how the mirrors add just enough reflection to this awesome project. The frame is fabulous and goes so well with your theme. Congrats!

Miriam said...

Ohh my, its is stunning!!!

I really love the frame you have chosen and the mirror is a stroke of genius!

Will we be seeing a larger piece of embroidery for your glass topped table idea? It sounds wonderful!!!

Congratulations on creating another masterpiece!!

Oriel said...

You have wonderful ideas and your needlework is divine, a great inspiration for us all.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your pieces are precious art. Each one is unique. I don't think there is anyone in the needle art world who's work even compares to the art you create. Hear the applause?
xx, Carol

Elizabeth said...

Oh My gracious, that is soooooo very incredibly beautiful and i bet that Terri is THRILLED!!!!! She will have lots of business from lots of embroiderers.. You just do not ever leave out even the tiniest detail!!!! this will be fabulous on your January piece as well!! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at your guild meeting!!!!!

Daphne said...

Oh my goodness Susan! This looks FABULOUS! So glad you were able to share it with friends who can appreciate how WONDERFUL it is!!!!

Judy S. said...

Bet you were a smash hit, Susan! Wait'll they see your latest project; it's wonderful,too. Love that frame and its effect. Bravo!

Allison Aller said...

Just fabulous...and I really love they way you have "styled" all the photographs. Such joy in that!

Marsha said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! It looks like it's lit from with in. I'm in awe of your needlework. Can't wait to see what's next.

DebbieSFL said...

Absolutely beautiful...your work just blows me away!!

Createology said...

Your elegant stitched work of art is truly at home in its mirrored gilded frame. Stunning and it does show your dimension work so beautifully. Breathtaking Susan Dear. How wonderful for you to share your journey with the ladies.

Teresa said...

A perfect finish to such a beautiful piece. Thanks for letting us see her all finished and framed.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Cathi said...

What a gorgeous finished piece. Love the glass shadow box. I'm envious of your talent!

Catherine said...

Simply fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Susan,
The piece is just wonderful. I have so enjoyed following your blog and would give anything to have a neighbor like you. You would certainly keep me motivated.

elmsley rose said...

A stupendous Finish for a stupendous piece! It's a real Treasure! :-)

Rachel said...

It's truly exquisite, and the mirror framing is perfect for it - well done to you both!

Saturday Sequins said...

Lucky you, you can't hear all the high-pitched squealing I'm doing over your framed piece. The neighbors' dogs, on the other hand, will resent me for awhile. ;)

Susan, what a perfect way to finish such an awesome piece. I love it!

Ati. said...

This is só well done,what a great idea! With the beautiful frame and mirrors the end result is breathtaking!!

coral-seas said...

I think that the framing is absolute perfection! How did your talk go? Do you have pictures of you in your little black dress and the pearls?

shirley said...

The Tiffany work is stunning with that wonderful framing. Love the mirror idea.

The spool holder is a great idea too. I always had the same problems as you. Thanks for the information.

gracie said...

Magnificent!

nelda said...

This is so lovely, and your story is too. I went back and reread your previous posts and enjoyed them just as much the second time. Thank you for sharing your work of art as well as your thoughts and feelings.

vicki said...

Susan- this piece is exquisite- just over the top gorgeous! I don't know how you do these incredible things!! The mirror--- is perfection!
You are- hands down-- the most incredible and talented stitcher ever--
Vicki

Ps- did you go to the wool festival? I didn't get to go:(

Ingrid Mida said...

What a wonderful idea. I've wanted to incorporate mirrors into the shadow boxes for my paper corsets but it seemed like an impossible feat. Perhaps I shall try again after seeing the beautiful results with your Tiffany piece.
Happy Mother's Day Susan. I hope you feel loved and spoiled.
Sending my best wishes from Paris!

FredaB said...

This is Magnifique! Has anyone from Tiffany's seen this? Maybe you should contact them and just maybe it could end up in one of their window displays.

Have been busy with my whitework and am back in Chicago last week. I guess you Dad will either be home or coming home. Have a great summer.

Hugs

FredaB

Teri said...

Exquisite!

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