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Needle sketching

I've been reading up on a style of embroidery called silk shading, thread painting, or needle painting. It's a fairly realistic rendering style, using fine threads of silk or cotton.

This is more of a needle sketch, than a needle painting... I wanted to see if I could render this stargazer petal in silk. The silk is not my hand-dyed, it's commercial Kreinik Soie Platte. I wish that I'd had a closer medium pink, and a darker purple-pink instead of the red - but, as a proof-of-concept type sketch, it worked out fine.







I drew the petal from life, lightly with a colored pencil onto the silk. The next time I do this, I'll take the longer way around, and make a good finished drawing on paper and then transfer it to the silk.



Closeup of the embroidery. I'm mostly pleased with how it came out; there are some spots where I definitely need to work on angles and coverage. I found that working hand-to-hand helped me a LOT - working with one hand behind the fabric and one in front. The tekobari just got in my way and made me crazy, so I only used it when I had difficulty with getting the stitches where I wanted them.



And the side-by-side shot.

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attack_laurel
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Tres sweet! And you're going to think me funny for saying this, but I *wish* I had the patience for that kind of detail work!
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
LOL... I totally understand about the patience. Everybody says, "Gosh, you have such amazing patience" - but I find that my patience is of a very specific species, and quite limited. I'm good with things that continue to change, where I don't have to do the same thing repeatedly, and where the work isn't large. Rendering a single petal is fine - making a study of a whole lily will be very taxing. I feel envious about things like your redwork bodice - I wish I had that particular kind of patience, as that kind of repetition of pattern would drive me around the bend. I guess what I lack is a kind of mental stamina or perseverence - I'm brilliant in short sprints.
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darthcynthia
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
SO pretty!! :D
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oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hee. Yes, my partner Chris looked at the stitching, and said, "Oh, nice, you've embroidered a vagina."

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eressea
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
That's gorgeous! I've never had the patience to work in satin stitch for long periods (yet I can spend a week sitting in my chair doing cross-stitch... go figure). Are those French knots in there for the spots? If so, I'm doubly envious... my French knots only work about one time in three.
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping I'll have patience enough to do a whole flower... one petal was a couple of evening's work. Working from a fresh flower (i.e. not a photograph) was probably not the best idea, in something this slow - it aged and wrinkled as I was going along!

yes, French knots. They're tricky in the flat silk; they like to just tie down to nearly nothing and disappear into the satin.

I wish I had patience for cross-stitch. It's funny, how each of us has such different patience.
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flat French knots - ext_83714 - Feb. 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
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yagtex
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!!!! I am beyond impressed, amazed, and in artistic awe. That is just beautiful....I will gladly be a customer. :)
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
LOL.. I can't even imagine doing this fast enough to be able to sell it - but thanks!
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garebear
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
From the initial photo, I read a bit to fast and thought it was a method of painting... only to see the detail of the embroidery. Absolutely incredible!
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hee. It is, kinda - it's slow, but it's very similar to colored-pencil or pastel painting, in terms of how you build up color and shade areas. Or like egg tempera, if you've ever done that...
an_sceal
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I am once again amazed at your skill with your chosen mediums. Absolutely beautiful.
sskipstress
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Wow!
jennybean42
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I totally made this into an icon for you.
Not that you couldn't do it yourself.
I resisted putting snarky words like "pet my silken vagina" across it.....
maybe just "flower porn"
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hee. It totally makes me want to stitch a series of photo-realistic vagina "petals" made into a flower shape, and see who gets it...
molasses
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
you have just kilt me!
my brother you amaze and delight me. i shake my head in delight, wonder and shock.

it's gorgeous.
fragiletender
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
That is exquisite, you're so talented.
jezredfern
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Great job. It's beautiful, and very well done :)
bronxelf_ag001
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
That's amazingly interesting.
balanceinchaos
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
again, you have proven to be a man of blessed talents!
unluckymonkey
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! that's really amazing, hun! I am SO not that patient.
oakenking
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
It really is so much like painting, though --- you get into that "visual/visional" headspace, and you're seeing things in shapes and colors. Of coruse the application of the thread is more tedious than application of pencil or paint, but the magic seems the same. This bit took me probably 4 hours, maybe less. I listen to books on tape while I do this kind of stuff, and I lose track.

Now, I just need to undertake a piece with a whole picture, and custom-dye some threads for it!
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