December 22, 2013

Mappy Christmas!

The beautifully illustrated atlas I scored free-for-the-taking at our recycling center just keeps on giving. First, it gave me lots of map envelopes which make nice stocking stuffers.

And now, it provides the foundation for a lovely and meaningful stitched map gift to mark the journey of my traveling parents. 

To begin, and to my good fortune, I found and selected a page from the atlas showing the eastern half of the United States that includes their home state, Wisconsin, and their destination state, Florida!
Next, I traced in red pencil the route they take, then punched holes along the route using my needle to guide my stitching. I used two strands each of two colors of embroidery thread (total of four strands) and began to stitch along the traced line with a simple backstitch. 

I wanted to include a sentiment on the map and, at the same time, provide a "key" so I added a stitched "Home is where the heart is." Sometimes I just don't know when to leave well-enough alone.
Accckkkk! Did I just ruin this whole project? No...where there's a will, there's a way...

On a random atlas page, I  PRINTED my intended text and added an embroidered heart.

I then "erased" the bad, bad stitching with Elmer's glue...

And adhered the "bandaid" label (which I trimmed with a pinking shears) to cover the boo-boo and was left with this good-enough-for-me fix.

I hope mom and dad think of us when they look at this map in Florida while Jack Frost is nipping at our noses in Wisconsin!

PS: Notice the ribbon and bow... also made from atlas page scraps! (it really just never ends!)

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