I'll have to come back to this canvas to finish off some loose ends (adding some solid areas of color, the names of the books, working on the details of the eyes...), but for now, I'm done. If you like, click on the image to see it a bit larger. The embroidery took 14+ hours to complete (not counting the time spent drawing and the layout of each of the elements).
I am Melissa Banigan. I've been many things under the sun, but am currently a single mom raising an amazing kid in Brooklyn, writing novels and short stories, and working on some art (canvases and paper). I also, under the moniker melifera, produce off-the-cusp embroidered clothing and bags.