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Topic: RSN Blackwork - OMG finally finished!  (Read 4135 times)
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« on: June 20, 2012 04:04:17 AM »

so in this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404582.msg4763376#msg4763376 I told you about my RSN course and Crewelwork project.

well this is my next project - Blackwork



I did not anticipate how much work this would take as much intensive stitching as it did!

but finally it is done, just have to fill in the form and hand it in for grading.

the materials I used were:

Edinburgh linen

DMC - coton a broider
         Stranded cotton
         Machine thread
         Gossemer thread
         Invisible thread - not DMC (can't remember the company name) this was used to on the "Fluffy" bits around the ears.

by the way, I don't like it, but I think if I don't see it for a while it will grow on me!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012 04:22:09 AM »

That is so beautiful!..There was a program on TV last Sunday I think that had a feature about the RSN, how awesome are you to take a class there!..your work is lovely, and I love the sprig of green!
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012 04:28:23 AM »

This is simply awesome.  I love it. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012 05:32:42 AM »

Wow!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012 06:29:30 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012 06:52:11 AM »

Oh c'mon!  You don't like it?Huh   This is wonderful!!  Beautiful job!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012 07:23:46 AM »

Wow! I am speechless! That's amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012 07:50:57 AM »

How could you not like this?? It's absolutely stunning!! I'm mesmerized by it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012 09:12:20 AM »

I saw the special on RSN and was so impressed with the history and quality of work...and to see it on Craftster from you, a student, is AMAZING!  wow...shall I provide you with my address in case it does not grow on you? Wink Cheesy

It is intensely detailed and beautiful...you are so lucky to have such a school close to you...
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012 07:04:39 PM »

It is so cool to see blackwork used in a modern design.  I've only ever seen samplers or traditional pieces.  I love the way you used it here.
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012 07:47:19 AM »

I think it's great - love it!  It's amazing to see such a traditional style used in such a modern way.  You've captured its expression really well.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012 09:41:01 AM »

Gorgeous! Did you have to create the pattern as well?
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2012 06:27:13 AM »

Wow, that is an excellent use of pattern to create those shading effects. Lovely!
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2012 06:29:56 AM »

Wow! That is over the top amazing!
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2012 06:06:05 AM »

Hello everyone!  thank you for looking.

the original picture is taken from "eye to eye" by Frans Lanting.  I traced the outline onto tissue paper and then stitched over the lines on the the linen.  Then you fill in with the desired geomentric patterns.  I used 5 or 6 on this piece.  The shading is made up of using the different weight threads - I discovered you have to be quite "switched on" all the time when working this technique.  You can't just fill in sections, you have to think about blending or not, and where patches are lighter or darker - it takes a lot of time and thought.

The technique is very much based in tradition, however it has been updated to involve a greater amount of skill.  You can make up your own patterns, but I found all of the ones I used in a number of reference books both at the RSN, the local library and some reference material I have at home.  I was looking to recreate the texture of the fur which really comes through in the original picture.

the piece is growing on me as I have been looking at pictures of it more than the piece itself.  But I still think there is something missing from the piece, I wonder if I needed to make the neck slightly darker where it meets at the chin, this would have made the head/chin stand out more - food for thought.

I am already planning my next blackwork project, I am thinking Dolphins!
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2012 09:40:43 PM »

That is amazing!  I can't believe the gorgeous detail. 

I'm so envious of your RSN course too.  That must be fantastic!
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2012 08:00:17 AM »

I absolutely love it.

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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2012 06:33:05 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2012 07:03:36 PM »

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