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