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!