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To Kill a Mockingbird 1

I chose Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" as my embroidered cover.

 

I read the novel for the first time earlier this year, and it's one of the best books I've ever read. I loved its message and simplicity. For a book on such a serious issue, I was surprised by how funny and charming it was in so many parts!

 

I'm a nerd for book covers, and this is my favorite cover for "To Kill a Mockingbird." I love silhouettes, anyway, but this little girl is a perfect Scout. And I just love how striking the design is, even though it only uses three basic colors.

 

My embroidery is stitched on grey broadcloth with a white cotton moon stitched on. I used a split stitch for all of the outlining and then went back and filled it in with (an adaptation of) long and short stitch. I didn't want to use a satin stitch (except on the bird), because I wanted the "tree bark" to look rough instead of smooth.

 

My piece is based on this cover, illustrated by Sarah Coleman: inkymole.blogspot.com/2010/07/if-i-could-illustrate-any-b... .

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Taken on November 6, 2011