OakenKing (oakenking) wrote,
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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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