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« on: February 12, 2011 06:25:55 AM »

I made this for a friend's Christmas present, but because of the slowness of the post between the UK and Canada she only recently received it. I drew up a pattern from a photograph of her and is only the second portrait I've made of someone I know. I found it difficult to make it look like her to begin with but after a couple of attempts I got there.



The coat is long and short stitch as is the hair, with the hood in seed stitch. The actual hood of the coat is fluffy so I tried a couple of different ideas to create that effect, in the end the closest I could get was seed stitch. The scarf is arrowhead stitch, as I'd only done this on aida fabric before it did go slightly wrong on an openweave fabric. The rest of the piece was stitched in backstitch and satin stitch.



The hood was a white shade mixed with beige to add warmth and the main part of the coat was white with a very pale mint green. I was slightly sick of white when I'd finished it.



The back seemed to have a personality all of it's own. Thank you for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011 06:41:56 AM »

Great handwork! That is absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2011 07:34:15 AM »

love the texture!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011 07:48:49 AM »

It's beautiful, amazing work
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2011 07:49:18 AM »

Love all the textures.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011 12:18:10 PM »

wow, so creative. I love all the stitches
do you trace onto fabric, if so what pen do you use? I'm looking for idea of pen but don't want to ruin fabric or have it run during washing? any suggestions?
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2011 03:08:28 PM »

Thank you for all you comments.

wow, so creative. I love all the stitches
do you trace onto fabric, if so what pen do you use? I'm looking for idea of pen but don't want to ruin fabric or have it run during washing? any suggestions?

I put my design onto tracing paper then lay this on the fabric and stitch the outline. After I've done that I tear away the paper so I don't mark the fabric. I do sometimes use a pen that fades in sunlight but it doesn't always fade away so I prefer to use the tracing paper method.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011 05:02:39 PM »

Oh, that's gorgeous! Well done. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011 07:48:55 PM »

It's amazing! I love your work, how you use your fill stitches to the best effect. Very nice.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011 12:23:18 AM »

Wow, beautiful, your stitches are fab and I love the contrast of the coloured scarf with the whites. What a great present Smiley
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