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« on: January 16, 2010 04:34:46 PM »

These are a series of self-portraits that I embroidered as part of an art exchange. We had to complete 5 pieces no bigger than 4"x6". So...they're tiny. They're regular embroidery floss on tarlatan (kind of a loose, starched cheesecloth). C&C please!


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010 04:45:29 PM »

I love how you did the hair, and the eyelashes in the last one! Such perfect texture Smiley
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 06:15:05 PM »

Wow.  Amazing.  I see that the fabric frays a lot.  Did you have problems with such a loose weave?  Did it move around a lot while you were embroidering? 

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010 07:48:44 PM »

the beauty and frustration lie in the fraying. basically every time you make a stitch taut it will move. i've done much bigger pieces like...3'x6' (yes, feet), so i thought i had the skills down. being on a smaller scale actually amplifies the problem. but i still love the effect.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010 11:47:07 PM »

my favorite is the closeup of your mouth.

They're beautiful.

How did you transfer your designs onto such a delicate fabric?

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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010 04:34:57 AM »

Cool! I love the way you did her lips, very full.

« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010 08:38:59 AM »

I used a disappearing in fabric marker. They're all freehand drawings based on photos that I took using PhotoBooth on my mac. I'm not sure how i simplify it into only lines but there it is.

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