This beautiful piece of Calvin and Hobbes embroidery, based on the back cover illustration of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip collection Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”, is the work of Oak Park, IL-based artist Laura Hartrich, created for her son’s birthday. Hartrich is a self-taught embroiderer and commented on Reddit, saying this piece is her most detailed work to date. She also described the process of making it:
"-Buy Scientific Progress Goes Boink -Hide it from son for over a year so I can use it as a reference -Go to library, make an enlarged copy of the back cover -Use carbon paper to transfer the main lines of the illustration onto fabric -Fill in all the color -Go back and add black details
I tried to match the DMC floss I was using to the back cover as closely as I could. The colors aren’t always perfect. Some of those watercolors are just so delicate. There wasn’t always floss pale enough to match. I did my best.”
As this particularly piece was a gift for Laura’s lucky son, it’s not for sale. But you can find others available via her Etsy shop, Tiny Scissor Times, where she also accepts custom commissions.
[via Nerd Approved]