This is a portrait of Marge Simpson I did for a friend's birthday present. It took about 10-15 hours... I didn't count. There is about 30 yards of embroidery floss in the hair alone. The hair is about 90% punchneedle embroidery, 7% bullion stitch, and 3% French knots. At first I wanted to do all French knots... ambitious, right? Then I decided to do bullion stitch and out of desperation scoured the internet to find PUNCHNEEDLE EMBROIDERY. Which I now love!
The necklace is made with coral beads. This wasn't my first time to embroider, but it was the first time to do anything other than what I would call "doodle" embroidery. I learned a lot about the satin stitch... like don't use all six threads.
The outline is done in backstitching.
I bought the frame/mat board at a local thrift store for about 25 cents. I spray painted the frame and painted the mat board with acrylic paint.
And a picture of the back for good measure
Thanks for looking at my first post EVER! Comments and Critiques/Advice is very much welcome!