Made with love

I haven’t been able to post about it until now, but I was given the amazing opportunity to embroider a scroll for an award that my husband received yesterday from our King and Queen.

It was the first scroll I’d embroidered. It was a couple of firsts, actually: first lettering and first freehand shading (without a reference picture to go by). I have to say, the results are pretty stunning. Observe my process:

I started with a printout of the layout and wording of the scroll…

I traced everything in the above image–down to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s–onto some tear-away stabilizer.

I had a boo-boo in the beginning, though luckily I was only three letters in when I caught my error

I started out with the lettering. Never having done lettering before, I didn’t know the “best” way to do it, so teeny tiny satin stitches it was.

About 1/4 of the way through the lettering I got impatient and ripped off most of the stabilizer so I could see how it was turning out
Then I started on the brazier and the shading for the tower…
Always sign your scrolls! (I only stitched through the back layer of the linen so it wouldn’t show through the front)
More shading in progress…
Shading complete, now it just needs the King & Queen’s signatures and the edges trimmed and finished
Trim up the edges, a little blanket stitching to finish it, and voila! A completed scroll! 🙂

It was such an honor to be asked to make this when I hadn’t done anything like it before, and it was such a pleasure to make a scroll for my husband for an award that was so well-deserved. It was especially great to have this opportunity because he loves non-traditional scrolls. He loves to see scrolls that aren’t just paper and paint and ink. Not that he doesn’t appreciate traditional scrolls–he just is fascinated with the many varied ways a scroll can be presented.