Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
As a child, my mom taught me all of the typical embroidery stitches: French knot, stem stitch, chain, etc. As I researched other forms of embroidery, I became enamored with stumpwork embroidery. Stumpwork gives embroidery dimension and texture. Most of the examples I found involved making flowers. While I love flowers and appreciated the work I saw, I wanted to create something a bit different.
In the past, I managed an intellectual property law firm. Coming across vintage patents sparked an interest in patent art, which is technical and surprisingly charming. Those pieces inspired my “umbrella man.” What spurred him to need a hands-free umbrella? Was it just a lark or did he have a job that would make this invention handy? Using many different types of thread, texture and sheen, I made each piece of his clothing, creating tiny looms to weave the fabric plus a dimensional loom of copper to form the umbrella. I enlisted the help of my husband to create the distressed copper frame.
This piece took me two months of focused attention to create. In this fast-paced society, I turned back to our inventive roots and craft to create a hand embroidery/stumpwork art piece that provides a glimpse of the past.
Editor’s note: For more wonderful images and technical details on Rose’s marvelous creation, be sure to read her blog post.
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