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« on: September 05, 2012 01:22:51 PM »

At our needlecraft guild meeting last month the topic was shadow work.  I always thought this involved satin stitch which I do not like very much but it turns out to be quite different.
Our practice samples were pre-printed gauze

and the stitch  is herringbone  if you  look at the back

or a double back stitch looking from the front

I found I really enjoyed how quickly it fills in the shapes and the pretty effect of the colours showing through the gauze.  I loved it so much that I couldn't bear to stop.  I worked at it every evening (except when we had no power) and finished it in four days.  Since I intend using it as a fly cover for food I then crocheted a little beaded edging to give it a bit of weight.

I used DMC variegated threads and love how the colour changes turned out.  The green for the stems and the yellow orange for the flower centres worked  best.   I now love shadow embroidery and plan on doing lots more.
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012 02:09:01 PM »

This is pretty amazing - I had never heard of shadow embroidery before!  Beautiful!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012 02:39:34 PM »

shadow embroidery is new to me, also!  it's so pretty, and you did a lovely job!

« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012 04:08:47 PM »

Anotehr who has never heard of this technique! Lovely! Thanks for introducing us all to a new technique.

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012 05:45:11 PM »

I've embroidered since I fell in love with the pretty colors of thread skeins (and their cheap price) when I was only 10 years old. In the decades that have passed, I've done many forms of embroidery, but was always leary of shadow embroidery. I thought it was gorgeous, but looked more challenging than I had time or temperament to tackle. You've made it look so-o-o-o much easier than I thought it would be. Thank you! I think I'm going to have to give it a try.

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012 10:53:16 PM »

Your shadow embroidery is wonderful. I have only explore simple embroidery techniques only! Would love to learn this one soon! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012 07:48:34 AM »

This is just beautiful, and I've never heard of the technique. Thank you for sharing. Smiley

« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012 06:20:53 AM »

Gorgeous!  I love the front side as well as the reverse!
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012 11:07:54 PM »

Thank for your comments everyone. Hope to see some more shadow work on the needlework board soon  Wink.  I forgot to mention that, although some embroidery can be done just in-the-hand, you really do need to use a hoop with this one to keep the fabric under tension.
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2012 02:35:07 PM »

Never heard of shadow technique before!

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