A week or so ago, Jessica Kelly of PaperStitch posted photos of an embroidered piece she'd finished involving an Emily Dickinson poem. I was immediately smitten and have gone back to visit it on Flickr several times. As you may know from &Stitches Issue 2 ("Books"), Jessica embroiders on paper, complimenting the written contents with her stitches. In this case, she's worked on a typed copy of an Emily Dickinson poem and has so beautifully captured the simplicity and grace of Dickinson's work. I just had to ask her to tell us about her inspiration for this project.
As it's the holiday season, I have been busy stitching up gifts for other people. I love this process: taking a look at a person I love and figuring out what they would like, and then making it happen. Once I had everyone else sorted, I thought it would be nice to go through this process for myself.
The picking of the actual poem was quite simple. This particular verse is easily in my top 5 Emily Dickinson poems of all time. It's highlighted and the page dog-eared in my complete collection of poems. I started out thinking that I would stitch some sort of anatomic heart on the page, but after some sketching settled on lines resembling veins. I wanted to suggest the Heart, but also a sort of geographic element, like rivers and streams, flowing through the Continent.
I really love how it turned out, and am extra happy that I get to wake up and look at it every day!