Ok, a little backstory here: I went to Minneapolis last week for the Vikings game, and made a detour on the way home to a craft shop called Digs because I found out that they carry Jenny Hart's (Sublime Stitching) new line of embroidery floss. I just had to get some! (Seriously guys, have you seen this stuff? The colors are gorgeous.) While I was at the shop, I saw these teeny little prints of Minneapolis landmarks, and my boyfriend thought it would be a cute idea to do embroidery versions of places here in Fargo, ND, where we both live.
Now, originally, I'm from NJ, and before I moved to ND nearly five years ago, I lived in Margate, NJ. If you're not already familiar with it, Margate houses a very special landmark--Lucy the Elephant, the world's largest!
So, considering I grew up with and love Lucy more than any other landmark I've seen, I figured she'd be a great warm-up to those Fargo icons Matt wants me to do.
Plus, with Hurricane Sandy having just ravaged my old hometown and sticking my poor family without any power, she seems more appropriate now than ever.
Enough chat, here's pics!
This is Lucy! She's made of wood and houses a museum. The funniest thing about Miss Lucy is that she faces the beach, so when you drive past her on Atlantic Avenue, you're faced with her big butt (which has a window right under her tail). Cracks me up!
I sketched her out in my sketchbook and then transferred her to the fabric. She's mostly split and back stitches. The only floss that wasn't from the Sublime Floss line was white, as the store didn't carry the palette with the white floss. Oh yeah, and this hoop is only 3" across!
I am in love with her little French knot toenails! The city of Margate has painted Lucy's nails from time to time for celebrations and such.
I know some of you love the back views, so here you go. I started out neat enough, but got lazier as I got towards the end (the howdah was the last thing I worked, specifically, so it's sloppiest).