This classic album by the Grateful Dead was one of the most difficult albums I have ever done. If you analyze the cover it is essentially a marble medallion placed on a plank of wood with a rose in the center surrounded by psychedelic lettering. When I approached the embroidery I knew I would have to mimic each of the styles of the album in thread. I started by embroidering the background in three layers of wool thread. The background alone has over 50,000 hand placed stitches. The marble medallion was done in a similar abstract style. The gold scrolls were the last step in the embroidery on the album. The next step was to create the relief patches. When lettering is small or as detailed as this I usually create a patch. If I tried to stitch directly through the album cover it would create many perforations and the album would fall apart. The rose was created as one patch using rayon thread with the lettering created as different patches, the lettering features over 12 colors of thread. The direct embroidery of the album and the patch collage blend seamlessly together to create a 3 dimensional concept.