having fun with stitches

These two little portraits were for a drawing class in the online course, using back stitch or running stitch instead of pen or pencil. A photo is traced and the outline is stitched through the paper and the ground fabric with the paper gently torn away when all the stitching is completed. Tissue paper is more flexible than tracing paper and easier to stitch through but you have to ensure that your stitches are fairly tight. My first portrait using mainly running stitch wasn’t tight enough and I ended up with lots of raised stitches but I like the resultant shadow/loop effect in unexpected places. In the second portrait I used back stitch mainly and tightened the tension and the final look is different again. I was really surprised when my camera automatically recognised these as faces. If any family members recognise these two portraits I’ll be delighted!

 

a fox finished

The fox is finished and some of you may recognise him from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest colouring book which I bought purely as a source of inspiration for embroidery projects and not for colouring in – I’d hate to spoil the book! A little bigger than A4 size, my stitched version is roughly twice the size of the book image. As soon as he was finished, I re-hooped the tulips piece and spent a couple of hours in the evening stitching a petal or two.

 

fox

a fox

Two areas of my current embroidery piece. It might not be too obvious from these images that it’s a fox I’m stitching but it will be when you see the whole thing in a future post. The maroon coloured fabric top right is there to protect the completed stitches and keep the calico clean and is not part of the embroidery. Better quality images next time!

fox embroidery 1

fox embroidery 2

the redhead

I’ve been working on this little redhead for the past couple of days and I really like everything about her – even her outrageous nose!

redhead portrait

Coriander

Coriander was finished early evening yesterday but the photos I took were worse than the stitching. I find white on white difficult to photograph well so you’ll just have to settle for this one, taken a few minutes ago which is marginally better than yesteday’s efforts:

DSCF4022

Only one more project to do now – Pennyroyal, and after that I’m going to have a loooong rest from stitching flowers and leaves.