Saturday, November 5, 2016

- What's in a name

Patch #310 Red letter day


Years ago, when I was the Needleworker at Colonial Williamsburg, my father suggested that I create a stylized signature in stitch. A brand, if you will, although I don't think he called it that.

In hindsight, this wasn't a surprising suggestion as he was a marketing exec for a toy company and worked on Madison Avenue. However, my modus operandi at the time was cross stitch and I wasn't able to see my way out of the figurative box that format imposed.

Indeed, I neglected signing my work more often than not. And when I did, it was arguably "over-wrought" as these two samplers amply depict ...



So today I was faced with signing a newly completed gift and once again found myself supremely dissatisfied with the result. As I tore out the stitches, I thought about my recent forays into eccentric lettering and started to play ...


At long last, I actually liked what I saw ... 


and went with it ...



11 comments:

Mo Crow said...

ah the art of lettering... I would add the ckert as it reads Liza

Mo Crow said...

alternatively a wrap stitch on the A in a contrasting thread or a shadow to define it or unpick the A and love it over by 2 mm

Mo Crow said...

Freudian typo move with love

Liz Ackert said...

Love this string of comments ... so the back story is that my dad's nickname for me was Liza Jane.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i am so slipshod...i just write gF with a pen somewhere on the back....

Liz Ackert said...

That's more than I've done ...

Vicky aka Stichr said...

i found that my zodiac symbol and initials were the same, the VJ, so that i ran with.

Mo Crow said...

well then it's totally perfect!

Liz Ackert said...

The stars aligned ...

handstories said...

I love the "ack" above your lovely lettered name.

Liz Ackert said...

Very apt ... an expression I use way too often when hyper-blogging as I have an insane tendency to swipe post drafts into oblivion (to which Don usually responds "Really? Again?")