Twelve Days in
"Hanging prominently" in her living
room for the holidays is this lovely rendition of
the Twelve Days of Christmas, which Tamra
made with her Tajima Neo and Embroidery Library's
Ornate 12 Days of Christmas Pack. She custom cut
the mat board for each design, built the frame, and
affixed little metal labels that she engraved to
cite the lyrics for each "gift."
"I don't put glass over the
embroidered designs I frame," she says, "It is more
impressive when folks can touch the work and see
that it is literally a painting in thread." Tamra
selected some of her thread colors to coordinate
with the colors of her room. She continues, "The
flexibility of embroidery really appeals to me...it
is so easy to make everything match!"
"Embroidering the pictures was the
easiest part of this whole project," Tamra wrote.
"The designs sew out perfectly with no intervention,
freeing me up to cut mats and build frames."
Tamra does have a few more tools
than the average embroiderer because of the work she
does in custom laser cutting and engraving for
scrapbookers and crafters in her home-based Internet
theCardLadies.com. But, she says, most
trophy shops can make the little nameplates for you.
Tamra considers this piece to be her "test" project,
but as you can see, she passed this exam with flying