Now that Ontario is re-opening, Mommy took us to the office supply store to print all the patterns she has not been able to make this year, because we don’t have a printer of our own. One of the things she has been waiting to make is a rug for our Auntie E.. Auntie E. says she would like any design we choose, so we helped Mommy decide what rug design to make. It is going to be one based on a piece of mosaic window art our Auntie S. made, a long time ago.
Auntie S. used buttons to make this beautiful piece, but buttons would be much too bumpy for a rug! Mommy is going to try and make a rug that is just as interesting, using embroidery floss.
The first step was to print a colour photograph of the button mosaic so Mommy could make a pattern from it. I accidentally stepped on the photo and ripped it. I cried, but Mommy said not to worry, a little tape would fix it good as new, and look – it did! I feel a lot better now.
The next part was Mommy’s part to do alone. She had to make a pattern of the mosaic that she could use to cross stitch the rug onto fabric. It looks kind of messy to me, but Mommy says it will do fine.
Joy and I got to help Mommy choose the floss colours for the rug. This is our favourite part of making something, because the embroidery flosses are all so beautiful.
It took a long time to choose the colours, but we really like the ones we decided on. What do you think of them? Mommy says she will use some metallic threads to make the rug shinier, like the buttons in the mosaic, but we are not allowed to touch the metallic flosses. They are very delicate and break easily. Joy says the right word isn’t “break,” but “fray.” She said I had to put that in…Joy can be a little bossy sometimes.
We want Mommy to put some of these crystals in the rug, too, to make it really, really, really shiny, but she just keeps saying, “we’ll see.” Does “we’ll see” ever mean “yes?”