I felt like writing a special letter. Something completely in contrast with the modern mode. So I decided to stitch a letter. At first I tried it out on paper (click on photos to enlarge):
I love the embossed paper but it wasn't quite sturdy enough to hold up to more than just a couple of words. My tugging at it with each stitch would have taken a toll and I couldn't use a heavier stock as it would have been too difficult to puncture. So, I switched to fabric:
I hunted through my vast stockpile of yardage and scraps and came across several sample swatches I had made when trying out an original block-print design of mine. I chose this heavy weave cotton that I had printed with a vine pattern. I love the combining of the two art forms.
This is on its way to Italy. It stretches out like a long banner.
I hope she likes it!