Friday, 15 January 2010

Thread sketching

Urged on by a number of your comments after my previous post, I thought I'd have a go at interpreting this photograph with some thread sketching.

I've had the book, "Freestyle Machine Embroidery" by Carol Shinn for a while now but had hesitated to try it out given the fantastic realism Carol achieves in her work.

I heat transferred the photo onto a piece of smooth, white cotton, and then bonded the cotton onto some heavyweight canvas in the hope of avoiding the distortion that comes with heavy machine stitching.

When stitching, I simplified some of the detail as I soon realised I'd picked something far too complex for a first attempt!

Anyway, here's the result which I've mounted onto black painted canvas. Although I didn't quite manage to avoid distortion, I'm really quite pleased with it.

9 comments:

softearthart said...

Hi, Just great, love the flow of the piece, cheers Marie

Terri Stegmiller said...

Wow, this turned out great!

Sheilasembroidery said...

Well done Amanda, Machine interpritation is not the easiest

Sue Bleiweiss said...

Amanda this is beautiful!

Alissa said...

It's lovely!

Peggy Schroder said...

I'm impressed too Amanda. I really like this piece !

Linda said...

Gosh, the snow looked just like this on the branches outside my window!

Karen said...

This is beautiful! You really did a nice job with value in this piece.

elle said...

Great work with all the values. Luv it!