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« on: December 16, 2012 01:35:01 PM »

Work continues on my RSN course, I have now completed two more projects since my last post and broken up for Christmas.

The first project was silk shading

Although I am not happy with the final results, I think it was a good first attempt at this technique.

The second technique has to be my favourite so far, it is called Goldwork, but I like to refer to it as Sparkly fun time Yay!

It is in for marking at the moment, and I will find out the results in the new year.  I LOVED every minute of this technique, despite the fact that it was quite repetitive.

I am also working on some more black work designs for practice, the first of which is this:

it will eventually be a whale tail, based on a picture I took a few years ago at the Vancouver Aquarium.  I have converted a couple of my own photos into stitch and get a real sense of satisfaction from it, so in the new year I plan to spend alot more time with my camera!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012 02:24:13 PM »

Gorgeous as always! The goldwork does look fun and I love that you can stitch your pictures!
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012 11:35:49 AM »

Those are amazing. Is that needlework or laid on somehow? So curious about this technique.

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012 08:38:36 AM »

All of these are so gorgeous! The goldwork one reminds me of the designs you see on royal uniforms and such.
I'm especially intrigued by the last one though, the details are really interesting to look at.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012 07:40:56 AM »

Wow! Amazing!

« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012 09:38:29 AM »

Hello! and thanks for looking!

Goldwork is a technique where most of the threads used are stitched down to the fabric as opposed to stitching through the fabric (if this make sense).  It is called couching.  Most of the stitched areas are padded with felt and a couple of areas (in the bottom right and in the middle at the top) have soft string padding, with metal purls stitched over the top.

This technique is traditional used on royal, military and religious garments. 

It is a fantastic technique which is so different to most hand stitching.

The last technique is blackwork, which is fun and frustrating to do! the image is stitched using repeating geometric patterns, you create light and shade by adding too and breaking up the patterns and using different weight threads.

DMC - coton a broder
         Stranded cotton
         Machine thread
         Gossamer thread

When you get it right, it looks AMAZING!  but when you get it wrong, it really shows!!
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012 10:18:49 AM »

I love the goldwork, I've always found it so beautiful -- I bought the RSN essential stitch guide for it a few months ago but haven't had chance to try it yet! I think it needs to be top of my list for the new year. Gorgeous work!

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