WORK IN PROGRESS

Below is the Work in Progess pictures of Morning Glories worked in the method of Needle painting.

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Colour Pencil Drawing

2: Split Stitch Around Leaves

5: Behind Flower

6: Petals

9: Finished Piece

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MORNING GLORIES - NEEDLE PAINTING

The morning glories are worked in the method of needle painting which is the blending of straight long and short stitches using different shades of DMC floss.

The embroidery is worked on antique white dupioni fabric in a 14 inch by 14 inch stretcher bar frame. The fabric is pinned onto the stretcher bar frame so that it is drum tight.

WORK IN PROGRESS

The embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a dimensional picture is created. I used one strand of DMC floss in the needle at the time.

  1. I drew a colour picture from which to work the embroidery. I got inspiration for the drawing from photographs of Morning Glories.

  2. The design is transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method. The leaves are worked first as they are behind the flowers and stems. A split stitch line is worked around the edges of the leaves, the long and short stitch will be worked over the split stitch line. The split stitch line will give the edge of the leaves a smoother appearance.

  3. The leaves are worked in rows of long and short stitch.

  4. The buds are worked next, then the bud leaves and then the stems.

3: Leaves

4: Buds and Stems

  1. The flowers are worked beginning with the most behind flower and then the foreground flowers are worked. A split stitch line is worked around the foreground flower against a background flower, leaf and stems. The long and short stitch on the flower will be worked over the split stitch line.

  2. The petals are worked from the behind petals to the foreground petals.

  3. Close up of the bottom three flowers.

  4. Close up of the top three flowers.

  5. Shows the finished embroidery.

 7: Close up

8: Close up

EMBROIDERY SIZE

Height: 9 inches (22 cm)     Width: 6 inches (15 cm)

PREPARATION TIME

Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 2 hours

EMBROIDERY TIME

50 hours

BACKGROUND FABRIC USED

Antique White Silk Dupioni Fabric

THREADS USED

15 shades of DMC embroidery floss, using one strand in the needle at one time.

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