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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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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!
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.
(no subject) - joeinman - Oct. 17th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
SO pretty!! :D
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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."

(no subject) - niamh_sage - Jan. 17th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - seymourkoikker - Oct. 17th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - robvinci - Oct. 17th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
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.
(no subject) - sskipstress - Jan. 17th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
flat French knots - ext_83714 - Feb. 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: flat French knots - oakenking - Feb. 6th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - yongmcneice - Oct. 17th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC) - Expand
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. :)
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!
(no subject) - yagtex - Jan. 17th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
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!
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...
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Jan. 17th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I am once again amazed at your skill with your chosen mediums. Absolutely beautiful.
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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"
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...
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.
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
That is exquisite, you're so talented.
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Great job. It's beautiful, and very well done :)
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
That's amazingly interesting.
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
again, you have proven to be a man of blessed talents!
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