Silk Shading Embroidery

Silk shading, also known as “Needle Painting”; consists of long and short stitches done with stranded cotton or silk thread. By using a number of colours, you can shade and blend the stitches together to create a smooth natural finish. This  is a technique usually used for flowers, plants or animals as the artist can choose the colour and placement of every small stitch, such as in a painting. This is a very time-consuming technique that requires a lot of concentration, but the final outcome is  usually always worth it!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to finish the rest of the flower before handing it in today. However, I am hoping to finish it at a later date.On the right-hand side are a series of experimental stitches, following the long and short rule. I sampled on both patterned and textured fabric as well as with different threads, beads or sequins.


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