Wednesday, February 1

Bringing life to an almost monochrome embroidery...the Doubtful Guest

I know this is not strictly a monochrome piece, but the scarf just needed some colour right? Nearly done now with this embroidery, I just need to find the red/pink colour of the Doubtful Guest's scarf again in one of my not so tidy floss boxes/ziplock bags! I'm glad I have now put this piece in a smaller hoop because the little guy looked a bit lost in the larger hoop he was in. I like the effect that the use of different numbers of thread (1-3 strands of floss) different stitches (back stitch, my notorious 'crazy' fur stitch, stem stitch and satin stitch) and the direction of the stitch, have on the image. I have learned now that even with only colour you are able to bring an embroidery to life. And trust me it looks much 'livelier' in real life than on this photo! Besides the strands, stitches and stitch direction I will add another 'lively' aspect to the embroidery. Like in my first Edward Gorey/Doubtful Guest Embroidery I will make the scarf's fringe 3D. :)

15 comments:

  1. I love it! The fabric choice is perfect, the cross hatch works great with embroidery. And the pink addition is perfect, striking but not overwhelming!

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  2. I love how you've created such a strong mood in this piece with the mostly monochrome! The scarf is so cute.

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  3. I'm with Alexis.. it is definitely a moody piece and so sweet too!

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  4. Aaawh Thank you for the nice comments! :) Just to be clear the design is not mine, it is taken from a book called 'Doubtful Guest' by E. Gorey.

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I actually checked a Gorey book out of the library thinking to do something similar but got sidetracked....

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  6. Phenomenal (again)! I STILL LOVE mine SO MUCH. 1000 thank-yous. :)

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    1. I loved that one so much too that I had to make a second one. I just don't like embroidering the same thing twice so I chose this illustration from the page before the beginning of the book :)

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  7. It's amazing. You're absolutely right about the liveliness. I *will* add embroidery to my craft list this year. Well, if I don't get too sidetracked again by sewing. :)

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  8. I love your subtle choice of ground fabric combined with black stitches. It is amazing how moody the pink fabric looks agains the black thread. Just lovely!

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  9. Thank you! I think the pink adds to the eerie mood, more so than green or grey fabric (you can also buy the cross hatch in those colours)...

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  10. Love this and the way his legs cast a shadow on the wall and the look on his face!

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  11. Perfect use of color, just love it. Well done

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  12. Thank you for your kind comments! :)

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