Saturday, May 30, 2015

Embroidered picture - Grape Sign

Work on the Lone Tree picture is coming along - in fact I am finding it hard to really get stuck into other 'must do' embroidery jobs.


I will show you the progress later but in the meantime I thought I would show you this picture. This is the first embroidered picture I did a very, very long time - in fact I have only ever done this one, but it might give you an idea of where the next one is heading.



I use whatever thread is most suitable from my stash, colour more important than fibre, and rather than using thread painting in the traditional sense to create a flat picture, I see stitches in every surface and try to translate each into stitches; satin stitch bricks, stem stitch for the smooth area above the window, a bit of card padding helped make sharp edges of the window frame...

The Old Town, Aarhus, Denmark
The picture is based on a photograph Adrian had taken on a family outing to The Old Town, Aarhus in Denmark. It is an open air museum with 75 historical building collected from townships in all parts of Denmark - a great place to visit if you are ever visiting that part of the world.  


Anyway, Adrian took photos of some of beautiful old signs including this one outside the wine cellar. My version is only small - the size of the photo, but I think it is one of my all time favourite pieces. 
Now I REALLY must get some 'work' done. Submissions for Beating Around the Bush, 2016 are due so I'd better get to it!

Have a nice weekend,
Anna


13 comments:

  1. This is lovely and I can understand why it's an all time favourite. Why haven't you done more of this type of embroidery since?

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    1. That is very good question indeed and something I am quite determined to change.

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  2. This is beautiful Anna. What is 'card padding'? Please and thank you.

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    1. Thanks :-) Blogpost on card padding on the 'to do' list right away. Basically it is just placing card shapes under the stitches the same way as you can do with felt. The difference is that the card provides a super smooth flat surface with hard edges whereas felt is soft and domed.

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    2. Thank you. Sounds great.

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  3. You did an amazingly beautiful embroidery of the photo. Gorgeous!

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  4. That's really pretty!! And good luck with your submission for Beating around the Bush. I'm excited to see what's on the program for next year.

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    1. Yes, it will be interesting to see. Inspirations is promising a bigger and better event than 2014 though I am not sure how they will manage that - the last one was amazing.

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  5. That piece is awesome, just lovely,

    Shelia in Oklahoma

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  6. I just love your rendering of the photo image. As always, thanks for so generously sharing your techniques.

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