Inspired by: Lord of the Rings, Embroidered Map of Middle Earth UPDATE

Hi everyone,

So, I somewhat recently posted about the embroidered map of Middle Earth that I am completing for my mum as she is an avid fan of Lord of the Rings. I had originally aimed to finish the map for Christmas this year…I’ve realised that this was probably very overambitious! I am making progress (see pictures below), but slow progress.

I started with Mordor — I couldn’t help myself 🙂

Here’s the overall shot, so far. As you can see, I still have many, many mountains to go before I can move up to the top right hand corner!

I was initially very worried about whether the text would be readable, particularly because I only wanted to make the map A0 size. I think that so far, the text has worked well. Hopefully, you agree. I used single strands of black thread for this lettering so I could retain the different font styles.

For the mountains at the base of Mordor, I really wanted them to be sharp and angular by using two strands of black thread and blocking in the shadows. I think that this works well and adds to the feel of Mordor.

For the Ash Mountains above Mordor, I wanted something a little softer. I hoped that this would highlight that there is a difference between the mountain. I still used two strands of black thread, but I was less accurate about where I placed the needle for the shadows and I varied the shape of the shadows (not always triangular).

What do you think of the map so far? Are you going to attempt to embroider the map of Middle Earth too? It’s actually not as hard as I expected…just time consuming.

Happy reading, and watch out for more updates on my progress embroidering the map of Middle Earth!

See the first post of the Embroidered Map of Middle Earth here: Inspired by: Lord of the Rings, Embroidered Map of Middle Earth

9 thoughts on “Inspired by: Lord of the Rings, Embroidered Map of Middle Earth UPDATE

  1. msstitcher says:

    Hi. I dont know if you still get updates for this blog but if you do, did you finish the lotr embroidery? I also did this – it took me about 2 years due to other commitments but it is one of the things I am most proud of.

  2. Joy says:

    Oh wow! That is incredible. I was just browsing the interwebs and came across your blog. You have inspired me to try also. Great job!

  3. Bridget says:

    This is incredible. Did you ever finish it?

    • Frances says:

      Hi Bridget,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m about half-way through. I’m hoping to have it finished by this Christmas, however. Once completed, I’ll add a final post on here to show the piece.


  4. Jody says:

    I’m totally adding to my list of art projects. I saw someone who had done something similar, but I think they free handed it, which is something I can not do. Have you heard of these temporary sheets of paper you can print on to embroider with instead of tracing? I’m using it for my first embroidery project. Good luck!

    • Frances says:

      Wow! I couldn’t imagine even beginning to stitch this free hand. It’s hard enough just stitching over the outline and getting it right! There are certainly a few places with the rivers have extra twists and turns lol

      It’s funny you should mention the temporary sheets actually. Lynne has started a Lord of the Rings themed embroidery project and she was using those sheets. I think that would have been much easier than using a pencil and a light box!!

      What is your first embroidery project?

  5. alanasiegel says:

    This is hysterical. I am impressed.

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