I hadn't planned on doing another embroidery project so soon after the binary cross-stitch, but my husband and I wound up on more cross-country flights due to the death of my grandma. I like embroidery for plane rides, and thus this project was born.
I had recently bought The Embroidery Stitch Bible
, so I wanted this new project to be a sampler of different types of new (to me) stitches. It was to mostly be a "learning" project, but it had to also be wacky in order to keep my attention.
What better way to learn new embroidery stitches than to illustrate the parts of the brain that are affected by panic disorder? I've suffered with panic disorder for 30 years and have been learning to live with it for going on 6 months now.
So, in addition to being a ton of fun for learning new stitches, this project was pretty therapeutic for me as well. I'm really looking forward to bringing it in to my therapist next week; she's going to laugh her ass off at me.
* Split-rail scroll frame
* 28-count Aida fabric
* Wax-free pattern tracing paper and ballpoint pen
* Various colors embroidery floss
* Outline (black): Holbein stitch
* Cingulate cortex fill-in (red): Satin stitch
* Cingulate cortex detail: Feather stitch
* Amygdala (green): French knots
* Cerebellum fill-in (tan): Condensed mosaic stitch
* Cerebellum detail: Chain stitch and heavy chain stitch
* Periaqueductal gray (gray): Woven circle
* Thalamus (purple): Canvas stem stitch
* Fornix (yellow): Basic needleweaving
* Septum (brown): Slanted Gobelin stitch
* Hypothalamus (pink): Cross stitch
* Frontal cortex detail (light blue): Couched lines and satin stitch
* Frontal cortex (dark blue): Plait stitch
I found the image online and traced it onto the Aida fabric with fabric transfer paper (much like carbon-copy paper).
Here's the final result:
I'm pleased with pretty much everything except the plait stitch (frontal cortex). I ran out of thread and I think it would look a lot better a bit more filled-in. Maybe I'll go back over it after a trip to JoAnn's.