The embroidery machine can handle more materials than you might think. Last week, Gao embroidered the title of her book on mat board using the "leather" setting on the machine.
The project is an accordion book combining original photography by Gao with the words of a poem by Jane Kenyon.
In order to sew into a non flexible material, we taped the matboard to the embroidery hoop. The thread and action of the needle actually altered the surface structure of the matboard so that the letters are sunken along the edges but puff up in the middle.