The needle painting exercises are slowly coming along. I was going to work on the Marie A. stumpwork piece but I put it somewhere safe which usually means that I will never find it again. Yes, I have looked in the freezer!
Needle Painted violet, lesson 5 fromNeedle Painting Embroidery by Trish Burr.
Some Thoughts on Needle Painting
Finally I finished the needle painted violet. The leaf alone took more than 700 stitches. The first try at it came out so badly I thought that I may not be able to learn the needle painting technique. But this violet came out much better. I am not actually able to keep up the long and short stitch. Starting out I create the long and short stitch along the stab stitched outline. The next row of stitches is where I start having a problem. When I start stitching the second row the obvious stitching pattern bothers me. So I usually start randomizing the stitch length and placement. I let my needle wander around but I always pierce back into the previous row of stitches. Every few stitches I like to take a stitch back two rows. This causes a blending effect, so to many longer stitches and you will loose the shading effect. Also I angle the stitches along the growing pattern for the plant. To angle the stitches correctly I find looking at a flower or a picture of one helps. Getting the angle of the stitches seems the hardest part of this technique. Another tricky part of needle painting is choosing colors. Colors that are to close can blend into each other so that it doesn't look like you've shaded at all. Like most techniques it just takes practice. A good book helps too!