February 22, 2010
Earworms and embroidery
Last summer, my parents were away (I live with them in all my wonderful unemployment-ness), and I had set up camp on the family room couch. The family room is bright and airy and has huge French doors that can be opened to let in the air (did I mention the giant tv too?). I had just bought a cheap embroidery kit from Michaels, hoping I could get a grasp on something that seemed so difficult and delicate.
Although the resulting rose pattern was nothing to write home about and my stitches were an uneven mess, I loved it. The work was peaceful, and I felt a great sense of accomplishment having finished those ugly roses. I scoured the needlework aisle at Michaels and only found more hideous flower patterns, mostly printed on pillow cases. Sweet, but not exactly my cup of tea.
Around the same time, I was watching a lot of Psych, and as I was watching one particular episode, I was hit by a massive earworm – boom boom boom muffins! I started sketching (something I never do) and ended up with something that looked like an ad that would go along with jingle.
Immediately, I realized how much fun pop culture-inspired embroidery could be (plus, it got the earworm out of my head).