THE HAMSTER - NEEDLE PAINTING
the hamster is worked in the method of needle painting which is the
blending of straight long and short stitches using different shades
of DMC floss.
embroidery is worked on fine silk dupioni fabric, with a muslin
backing fabric in a 9 inch by 9 inch stretcher bar frame. The fabric
is pinned onto the stretcher bar frame so that it is drum tight.
WORK IN PROGRESS
embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a
dimensional picture is created. I use one strand of DMC cotton in the
needle at the time. The hamster is worked from the bottom of the body
to the head, finishing with the nose which is the most forward part
of the hamster. In this way you can layer the stitches so it looks
like layers of fur on the hamster.
took about 150 photos of the stages of the embroidery, I am
compiling these photos into PDF files which will be available for
purchase in September 2013. These photos will show exactly how I
embroidered the hamster to create the realistic embroidery which will
be a great insight into how a professionally stitched needle painting
embroidery is worked.
Feet and Bottom of the Body
of the Body
of the Body
1/2 inches (5 cm) Width: 2
1/2 inches (5 cm)
the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the
design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 2 hours
BACKGROUND FABRIC USED
Silk Dupioni with Southern
Belle Muslin Fabric underneath
shades of DMC embroidery cotton, using one strand in the needle at
one time. White Gutterman's fine cotton machine embroidery thread for