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Topic: RSN Blackwork - OMG finally finished!  (Read 6241 times)
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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?
« 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!

« 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 »

this is amazing!

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