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« on: February 28, 2012 04:06:51 AM »

I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I decided to learn how to do silk shading and goldwork.  And I wanted to do my own design, because I get bored working to other people's designs.  I'm nothing if not overambitious.   Grin

I was inspired by lyrics from the song Cosmogony from the album Biophilia by Bjork:
"And they say back then our universe was an empty sea
Until a silver fox and her cunning mate
began to sing a song that became the world we know."

So I started sketching foxes, particularly fennec foxes, read up on silk shading and goldwork, and had a bash.

And here it is!

Overall, I'm really pleased with this.  I achieved what I wanted to - to learn how to do silk shading and work with metallic thread.  I like the way they almost look like constellations themselves, and that the silver fox is almost ghostly.  I was wondering if I should have padded the silver fox, but my boyfriend said he liked the way you could see bits of the dark fabric under the thread, it made her look more ethereal.

If I were to do this again, I'd do the back of the silver fox differently.  I used different threads, partly to create different textures, and partly to get experience working with different threads.  I also used brick stitch with coloured cotton to see what they would look like.  If I were to do this again, I'd use just the Jap thread, and not use coloured cotton, but do the fur in a wavy pattern.  

But overall, Im really pleased with this!  If youre interested, I blogged about the whole process at http://sistertwisty.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-which-i-finish-silver-fox.html
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012 06:00:18 AM »

Why, hello, Orion!

This is gorgeous. I love all of the details!
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012 06:04:29 AM »

absolutely gorgeous! I am pinning this!  I'm new to stitching and you are totally inspiring!
Also I love the idea of doing a hoop inspired by a song.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012 06:14:45 AM »

Simply beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012 06:17:40 AM »

Wow. These are gorgeous. The work on the regular fox and then the silver stitching on the silver fox. I'm completely baffled by the stitching on the silver fox. Maybe that's just how silver stitching looks? Well, in any case it looks gorgeous. I think they do look like constelations. They have their own story to them. This is very unique. Love it!
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012 08:23:58 AM »

This is wonderful. I absolutely love it!!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012 08:45:52 AM »

So beautiful! They look very magical, and I'm in awe of your techniques.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2012 09:50:01 AM »

beautiful worked based on beautiful inspiration.

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2012 05:24:58 PM »

Umm.. that is amazing. My brain is breaking. I don't know how you did that.. but I absolutely think it is beautiful.

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2012 07:24:30 PM »

i really think you should send a photo of this to bjork herself... at least post it on her fb page... i think she would love it. she has always been about inspiring creativity and sharing art... i think you owe it to her to share it! plus, it's freakin' awesome!

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