The style of this might look familiar if you've been reading for a while—do you remember the Instant Heirloom profile I did on Karen Ruane of Contemporary Embroidery? Well if not, a quick recap is to say that I am smitten with her work. I love the style, her detailed stitching and that it's feminine, pretty and feels connected to a tradition of embroidery.
So Virginia, who gave each of her wedding "team members" (a word she was more comfortable with than bridesmaids) vintage gifts including a very awesome makeup carrying case for our friend Katherine, had this made for me. She knew I loved Karen's work and that together they would be able to create something perfectly suited for me. Plus the fabric and trimmings used in the piece are vintage, so it fit with the theme.
Let me tell you, this makes me the happiest girl. It reminds me of the creative work I love to do myself (quilting), how much I appreciate the skill of other people, of my amazing friendship (and how so very thoughtful V is), and also that sometimes, a girl just needs to have a little silk and lace in her life. Not to mention pink. And flowers.
I'm going to have it mounted to float in a deep frame so that I can hang it on my wall and enjoy it each and everyday. If you want to see more images and here more from Karen about the piece, head over to her blog to see her recap of the commission. Thanks again V!!