OKAY. This has been sitting atop stuff for a bit now, but my camera had no batteries *shame*.
I'm an avid WoW player (CATACLYSM WOO) and recently had some half-assorted Japanese Bunka embroidery kits given to me.
Bunka embroidery, in case you're wondering, is Japanese punchneedle, except it's more like painting with the floss than making little dots. The stuff you can do is insane with it, and it's been referred to as "oil painting with thread".
Anyway, these kits contained lots of the rayon floss, the tools, and the cloth, but no instructions (except for one). So what do I do? I want to practice and play with it.
But I don't pick something small, no. I pick my first raptor mount from WoW (omg that was years ago...).
For reference, though not exact, http://static.wowhead.com/uploads/screenshots/normal/70894.jpg
So I drew a light sketch on the fabric in an embroidery hoop and embroidered it with the closest matching colours I had in my new stash.
Not all the colours match, there's not much shading because there's not much variant, and the raptor's not perfect (I got carried away and put his horn too far down and altered his head) BUT I rather like it! My stitching's a bit off as well, but it's my first time and I kinda had to teach myself, so.
What do you guys think?
A closer pic of the stitching. There's gaps but I was aiming to get the length right. Stitches are supposed to be anywhere from a quarter inch to an inch, and it's essentially a "colour by spaces" thing.
It's 8.5 inches in diameter, so pretty big I guess. I really like it but I'm not sure what to do with it :/ I don't want to frame it, to me that's a waste of a hoop (for this at least) and I like the feel of the stitches. I'd rather have it be useful in some way. Any ideas?