Third Place, Professional Original; The Academy Heart

The chapel at Callaway Gardens is a lovely spot hidden in the woods at the edge of a small lake. It is popular with brides…and photographers.

In my rendition, the chapel is shown in full springtime sunlight, with the chapel’s interior light causing its remarkable stained glass window to positively blaze with brilliant color.

It is springtime, and the trees are in full flower; they are reiterated by the abundant blooms in the small garden. The small pond in front of the chapel reflects some elements of the charming scene.

The chapel and its surroundings are worked in mostly traditional canvaswork, with surface embroidery techniques used to create the flowers and foliage about the chapel. The design is worked in mostly DMC and Anchor floss, with some metallic threads here and there for effect.

This piece can be a lovely memento for those who have visited Callaway, or just beautiful embroidery of an appealing scene.