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Vicelikeplague
« on: January 03, 2013 12:50:32 PM »

Ta Dah!  it is finished, blackwork is such a time suck, but ultimately worth it!



I have only used three different patterns in this piece, but have used different weight threads, they are:

DMC - coton a broder
         Stranded cotton (one and two strands)
         Machine thread
         Gossamer thread
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013 01:19:23 PM »

Very Lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013 02:04:37 PM »

I really like this. I think the black makes the tail pop more, simple (although I know it was far from that) and elegant. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013 03:04:25 PM »

Incredible blackwork! Pinned, rocked and adored. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013 03:16:46 PM »

ho lee cow.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013 04:07:21 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous.  I am in awe of the way you used different weight threads and different patterns to get the shading you have.  I ditto, HSG.  Pinned, rocked, adored!
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013 08:10:58 PM »

Jaw-dropping.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2013 06:01:24 AM »

That is amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013 09:50:42 AM »

Thank you for all your lovely comments.  When I finished this piece, I wasn't entirely happy with it.  I thought it was better than the first attempt, posted here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410336.msg4844514#msg4844514.  However, it has grown on me, then I got to read all of your lovely comments which gave me greater confidence in my abilities!!

THANK YOU  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013 10:41:56 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful. I love blackwork, and what you've done with it is amazing.  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013 10:14:21 PM »

That is one of the most amazing things I have seen in ages!
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013 06:56:17 AM »

It is so lovely. And I agree - it is even better than your first project, even though it was very pretty to.
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013 06:50:01 PM »

Magnificent!
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013 04:34:42 AM »

This is gorgeous! Thank you for posting it!
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2013 04:06:31 PM »

Woah. That's amazeballs. You're right though...black work is such a time suck but, man, the results are worth it!
It's really beautiful.
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2013 05:08:00 AM »

I agree, totally amazing blackwork.  I love the way you've sketched with thread, using patter and density.

Did you use a detailed pattern that had all of that planned out or do some of it by eye as you went?
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2013 02:12:42 PM »

Hello Fancybutch

I did some planning with sampling the stitches to make sure they worked together. 

The image comes from a photograph I took a few years ago.  I photocopied and enlarged the picture in black and white as this would give me a good representation of the final piece.  From the photocopy I took a line drawing of the basic shapes and some of the more obvious areas of light and dark to act as a guide.  The line drawing was traced onto tissue paper which was then stitched onto the fabric (over the pencil lines).  I also took photocopies of the line drawing and "coloured" it in using a pencil.  This gave me a better understanding of the areas of light and shade.

This is the planning process I go through before starting a design, there was no chart as such (like in cross stitch).  I used the black and white photocopy as a reference while stitching and of course the outlines that were tacked on, but some decisions are made as you go.  Does this make sense??

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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2013 01:33:00 PM »

This is really fantastic. Just gorgeous!
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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2013 12:23:52 AM »

this is amazing, I could stare at it all day!
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