March 6th, 2011
Somewhere between the Baby Boomers and the Gen X’rs is my group - the Diana Generation. We cut our hair like Diana (a complete failure for my friz-fro hair), we bought “Sloan Ranger” jackets, we traded in our Levi cords/Ditto jeans, biker shades and Wallaby shoes for preppy pleated pants, wild sweaters and sophisticated loafers. We coveted any magazine that highlighted our Diana, watched every TV show and news report that featured Diana. We stayed up into the wee hours of the night to watch her wedding, and recorded the event on VHS tapes - the cherished VHS tape… even though we not longer have VCR’s. We even had our children around the same time Diana had hers. Diana, our Queen Bee.
As the People’s Princess, Diana was not bound by the United Kingdom’s boarders… Diana was everyone’s princess. Diana didn’t just bestow us with her style and fashion - she taught us about humanitarianism, benevolence and charity - to take action, to think globally and to be good and active citizens of the world. She taught us by example and her goodness will live forever. We morn her death so deeply - as if Diana was a close, personal friend. And as mothers, in our hearts we feel like we became guardians of her children. And now it’s as if one of our children is getting married. What a fine young man Prince William is, and what a fine young woman Kate is. That William is marrying the love of his life… that is just gravy. William and Kate - our little love birds.
I LOVE royal kitsch. Love it. Put something royal or British on a plate or a dishtowel, add some swirly-ques and exaggerated cursive script… and I’m in. I thought I’d try my hand at making my own William and Kate wedding memorabilia, (because it’s much more fun than a saved VHS tape). I thought I’d share my embroidery with the rest us who didn’t get an invite to the weeding. We’ll be going to Westminster Abbey via our TV’s and our stitcheries.
I don’t know if anyone will even care to make it, but I feel like sharing it. I ironed freezer paper to the back to make it easier to trace with a Micron pen and coloring in the shapes (with everyday Crayola crayons) while atop something tactile to give the tinting some texture.
Before stitching (2 strands of floss for entire project, 1 strand for the lettering in the talk bubbles) - I heat-set the coloring with an iron on high and using some cotton muslin to absorb some of the wax (and protect my iron). I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with my stitchery, but I decided Camille and Bonnie’s Bliss would be the perfect fabric on so many levels to do it in. Though I still don’t know what “it” exactly is yet.
If you’d like to make the embroidery, you can download the Kiss me Kate PDF here. Be sure to set your printer to print at “scale to fit” to print the entire image.
If you make the the Kiss me Kate embroidery and/or make something with it, please post your pics to the HZHQ flickr pool. “Please” as in please-don’t-make-me-beg-you-please post your pics.
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