Emily Reynolds

Open / Textile Art Category

"The tiny stitches allow me to use multiple colors nestled tightly against each other to create depth and texture."

— Emily Reynolds
Mentor – Diana Springall

My piece was inspired by vibrant flowers and the diversity of color in the people I love. My goddaughter posed for my inspiration photo wearing a beautiful headpiece I  commissioned. I used only hand embroidery and acquired fine detail by embroidering a combination of tiny long and short stitches. The tiny stitches allow me to use multiple colors nestled tightly against each other to create depth and texture. I mapped out the direction of the stitching to follow the

natural contours of the face and mimic the curvature of the facial features. To create the highlights and shadows I mapped out the brightest and darkest shades and printed a black and white copy of my inspiration photo to use as a reference.  When considering my materials I chose a linen base fabric and six strand DMC thread.  When I  create a piece I  am very conscious of waste and use my materials very conservatively.

My goal was to use as little thread as possible. I separated each thread and stitched using only a  single strand. I  also was careful to conserve thread on the back of the piece creating as little waste and excess thread as possible.

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Emily Reynolds - image from the official 2020 Prize shoot
Emily Reynolds - Supporting materials
Emily Reynolds - Supporting materials
Emily Reynolds - image from the official 2020 Prize shoot