First Place, Professional Non-Original with Instructions; The Linda Calsing Award; Popular Choice Award

Immediately drawn to the subject, this piece presented me with unique uses for stitches in unique combinations. It offered me the challenge of using surface stitching techniques on Congress Cloth. It stretched my abilities as a stitcher to levels I didn’t know I could reach.

I will commit to memory the use of the Basketweave stitch as the initial layer of a delicate background and as the transparent layer of the veil. I stitched this piece as Gay Ann presented it without variance except in the areas intended as personalization; the shading of the sleeves and the shape of the veil.