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Friday, April 30, 2010
Last night I stitched the first layer of stitches on the tail and two of the four legs of the lion. Following my usual practice, I used two plies of my silk or cotton floss but just one strand of the #8 Kreinik gold metallic. The stitches you see are stem stitch (mostly, although to make the right curves I occasionally used outline stitch). This layer just covers the painted canvas, more or less. I will add more layers in a single ply of my threads on top and blend the threads down into the tent stitched paws. The most important thing at this stage is to lay down a layer that slants in the right direction--the way real fur lies. I don't have a lion here to look at but the dogs and the cat have fur, so if I have any question I just look at a tail or leg or tummy here.
This first layer can--and for the most detailed results, probably should be stitched--with one ply instead of two, but using two makes it all go faster. I enjoy this sort of needle painting but it isn't a fast stitch.
If you want to see how a master of needle painting creates very lifelike animals, we should go visit Tanja Berlin. She uses long and short stitches instead of the stem stitch technique I am using. I feel that my stem stitches work better on a small piece that isn't very large but I am not as skilled at Tanja, either. Whatever technique you want to use, Tanja's approach has great information that will help you, so do a little exploration here, starting with her section that describes what her needle painting instruction booklet.
I hope to do the other two legs and start on the main body today. I need to put down the first layer on all of the legs, tail and body before I start with the head.
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