Gallery walls - a great way to display your finished embroidery

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A lot of people ask me what they can do with their finished embroidery. If they've got mad crafting skills, I generally tell them they can turn it into a zippered pouch, the front of a tote bag, or the back of a hip jacket. If they're sentimental, they could have it framed. If they're a whiz with the sewing machine, it could be the start of a quilt or a pillowcase.

But if they're none of those things (like me), then I tell them to make a gallery wall.

When I was little, my mother had rules about what could go on our bedroom walls. The answer was one or two framed pieces and one nail for a calendar. You see, in her lifetime she's already painted the equivalent of about twenty homes and filling nail holes is right up there on her list with filing her taxes. So she just wanted to keep things simpler for all of us. Three nail holes in our bedroom walls and a baseboard gallery for my brother and I. Win win.

Now, however, I live in an apartment and my walls are already full of more holes than a really good piece of Swiss. So it's not like the landlady is going to notice an extra forty more, right?

I have so much artwork and embroidery that I hang it salon style (floor to ceiling) and guess what? I'm not the only one. A few of you have sent in pictures of your own gallery walls featuring some amazing embroidery artists.

So if you don't own your walls, or you do and you don't mind filling in a few extra holes, consider jazzing up a space with a collection of great embroidery. It's much better than just letting it sit in your crafting closet. You can even be lazy like me and just tape the embroidery into the hoops so that you can flat pack it or change things out later.

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