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« on: July 14, 2017 02:36:05 AM »

I made this for the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly swap for my partner.  Undersea_sun said that sandpipers were one of the birds she loves, so I found this sandpiper image and freehand stitched it with black thread on white cotton.  I was aiming for that sketched drawing look.  

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- they hold the fabric so drum-tight that stitching is a dream.


I wanted to make a beachy image, so coloured the fabric, after stitching, with Gelatos and water colour crayons, using wet brushes to blend the colours.  I really wiffle-waffled, as I really like how it looked as the basic black on white, but my original plan was to add colour, so I just went for it.




I then stretched and mounted the piece on an 8x10" piece of canvas board, with a layer of felt under the fabric, and stitched it in place, and covered the back with card stock with the swap info on it.



A lot more pics and stuff on my blog if anyone is interested....
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017 07:25:45 AM »

This is stunning.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017 07:44:57 AM »

Beautiful!
Great image, love your stitching, love the background colors.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017 08:17:15 AM »

Oh wow, it looks really amazing, looks like it's drawn, not stitched. Lovely work.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017 08:36:30 AM »

DANNNGGG! I thought this was painted. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2017 09:10:58 AM »

This is so dang pretty! And I never would have thought to mount embroidery this way. It looks lovely!
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2017 05:33:34 PM »

Thanks - as for the mounting - give it a try!  Dollar store canvases and canvas boards are perfect for this and mixed media - I find them a bit rough for painting and the like, but perfect for covering over and the price is absolutely right!  It makes a nice, stiff surface to pull the fabric over tightly.  I should have ironed it - but I was afraid of flattening the stitches too much.  But I was able to get a tight enough pull on the fabric to get most of the wrinkles out.
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017 10:43:07 AM »

Beautiful work, onyx. I can't believe you free-handed your stitching!!

I think you made the right choice with the color - the finished piece is lovely!

And thanks for the mounting tip! I'll have to give it a try...
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017 12:05:54 PM »

"so I found this sandpiper image and freehand stitched...."

Seriously? I feel so massively unskilled when I see that statement and see what you made. It looks like it was painted. Just stunning. I am so very humbled by your skills.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2017 07:33:40 PM »

Aw - thanks.  Sometimes things just work out Smiley  The Karmic stitchery goddesses were looking out for me Smiley

I bet if I were to try to duplicate it, it could end up being a manky mess!
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