Emperor Commodus Finds Something Better to do with his Thumbs

Emperor Commodus, in Another Life

May 21

Another embroidery!
It’s called "Emperor Commodus Finds Something Better to do with his Thumbs." It’s supposed to look reasonably like Joaquin Phoenix in the movie Gladiator, but much like the real Joaquin Phoenix, this embroidery turned out to be difficult to work with. In the movie, Emperor Commodus gets to decide whether a gladiator lives or dies by pointing his thumbs up or down, so I figure he should use his thumbs for good instead of evil and just hitchhike to San Francisco.
He’d fit in in San Francisco. He’s already kind of has flowers in his hair, and historically the city has been tolerant of crazy, self-proclaimed emperors.

Sorry for the kind of lame picture of it- it’s 10 inches across (my largest embroidery yet) and it won’t fit on my scanner.
So there you have it.
-Sarah

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2 Responses to “Emperor Commodus, in Another Life”


  1. Mal* Says:

    I think you just made me chortle.

  2. Lucy Says:

    So that’s what you’ve been doing since the 4th. Well done, I love the story behind it. 😀