I have friends who claim they read encyclopedias for fun, which sounds so horrifically boring I’ve never ever been tempted to take part. For some reason that now eludes me, I was drawn to an 1857 copy of the Hydropathic Encyclopedia in a used book store and as I was paging through it, laid eyes on a pen drawing of the trifacial nerves. That tongue! It made me giggle. I flipped past the drawing and then went back. I looked and giggled again and then I tracked down my friends in another section of the store just to show them that tongue! It seemed a shame that this gem of an illustration was hidden away in dusty, unseen pages, and so my obsession with recreating vintage illustrations in thread was born. (Yes, I blame the tongue.)
If friends had mentioned the weird and random little illustrations in antique encyclopedias and dictionaries, I might have started “reading” them years ago. But I’m catching up for lost time, and you can bet that any time I come across a deliciously macabre illustration, I’ll do my best to embroider it.
Single strand embroidery on cream cotton, framed in a 6-inch, hand painted embroidery hoop.
**PLEASE NOTE** This is a Made to Order embroidery, so small variations may occur (because: handmade) and (art). I'll need up to two weeks to stitch this for you; as soon as I receive the order, I'll contact you with an anticipated shipping date. Thank you for understanding that handmade art is a slow process with huge rewards.**