The feather portrait is progressing slowly. This projects wants to take it's time it seems. I have added some smaller feathers and the collar of the dress since the last time I've shown you the portrait. Also some shading and lighting and the mouth. The mouth was a tough one, it's not easy to draw or stitch a mouth without it looking like overdone lipstick.
So far I'm content with the overall look, but it doesn't feel finished yet. We'll see what this portrait wants me to add to it.
There is knitting going on here, too. An old friend in a new shape. I'll show you when it's finished.
My lovely hens left me a lot of beautiful feathers during molt (chicken and other birds partially loose their feathers once a year to regrow new ones, like we loose and regrow hair all the time).
I collected the most beautiful to me, because keeping them all would have been too much. I always imagined an embroidery piece with these and thought this portrait I'm doing is just the right piece for this.
If you have lots of feathers, too, and want to embroider with them keep in mind, you will not be able to use the hoop stitching them on - at least not where the feathers cross the hoops circles!
Eyes are so small in proportion to the rest of a head, but so important. I stitched up the eyes yesterday and in the manner of sketching with a pencil made the eyelashes black. The thing is, in nature there are not many things, that are really black. There are lots of very darf colors and especially dark hair looks kind of black when it's very short like with eyebrows or eyelashes. It felt so wrong to stitch in black. My little ne does not wear eyeliner or something like that, but in the portrait it looked exactly that.
If there is a thing I learned from knitting it's that: Don't fear to unravel your work if you don't like it or you'll regret it later. Snip snap out go the nasty black eyelashes and......
Some weeks ago I showed you a preview of a piece of embroidery I was doing. Since it has been a christmas present, I didn't want to risk the recepient stumble across any pictures and have a good guess it's for her. Now I can finally show you the finished piece!
This was my first attempt at portrait embroidery and I believe at stitching people at all is something I have never done before.
The photo reference is an underwater kiss, which explains the choice of blue fabric, if you've wondered ;).
The hair and shadings were the most fun part. I used stem stitch for the outlines, splitstitch for the hair and other minor lines and long stitches for the shadings.