Monday, September 5, 2011

King and Queen of Hearts

In 2009, the Post Office issued their yearly "LOVE" stamp around Valentine's and this particular year was an image of the King and Queen of Hearts.  I fell in love with the stamp and couldn't help but think it was a good candidate for an embroidery project. The stamps are long gone, but I held onto the image from the stamp booklet and more than two years later, I blew up the image on my printer, traced it onto vintage linen, and then in less than a week, completed it!

It measures 9 x 5 inches.
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The original image had only a few colors and I've used my own color choices, but kind of stayed true to the original, since I like it so much. I left off the stamp amount as well.

After framing, I entered this into the County Fair and won 2nd place. I'm a teeny bit disappointed it didn't win a blue ribbon. I don't know what the judging criteria was, but there were no other embroidery projects at the Fair, except for my daughter's projects and they were in the Junior division.  Most sewing projects were in quilting form, a couple of dolls, and some clothing. Oh well, it's a Blue Ribbon winner in my eyes and is now holding a place of honor above our bed.


Kevin said...

Very nice. Glad to see you're blogging again. When you get a moment, research what a walnut tree will do to your garden plants... It kills tomatoes, potatoes, etc., etc.

Cheyenne said...

I don't remember that stamp at all but what you did is really gorgeous. Yes, it is a blue ribbon winner. The judges must have been looking at something else when they awarded 2nd place.

jenny said...

Kevin-- looks like it'll come down after all then! Harvest the walnuts then bye-bye tree! Thanks for sharing that info!

Cheyenne-- LOL! That must be it! They were looking at something else while judging mine! I'm pretty pleased with it!

melora said...

Congrats on the 2nd place. I've entered in my county fair and have been throughly mystified by the judging criteria. I wish they had comments.

I think your emboirdery looks wonderful!

jenny said...

Melora-- I agree-- I wish there was some sort of information thjat explained their judging. Comments would be even better!! Thanks!

Mary Marjorie said...

It looks great to me.

jenny said...

Mary Marjorie-- Thank you! :o)