Thread painting – Attempt # 2

Lola – a bit of a grump

In one of my previous posts I was talking about my first attempt at needle painting, or thread painting if you like. I enjoyed the process and wanted to do it again and hopefully better.

I drew my sister’s cat on a cotton fabric and this time I used viscose “silk” threads. They are very shiny and silky smooth. I was hoping this would help me in making the picture more realistic.

I took this project with me when we went camping last year. It was only a 3 day stay but I made a start.

It was meant to be a Christmas present but I just couldn’t finish it. I was stuck around the nose area and it was taking forever. I was using only 1 strand for most of the time, really trying to make the fur look more realistic.

I didn’t keep a track of how many hours I spent on this. Definitely more than 20, despite it being so small. Some months I’d make a good progress, some months I’d leave it and not touch it at all. I admire people who do animal portraits for living, not just their talent but also the focus. It gets boring pretty quickly with the same 3-4 colours and repetitive stitches.

What’s scarier, the front or the back?

Simple blanket stitch to secure the backing fabric

I took a picture of the back, what a strange mess. I covered it up with white cotton as I didn’t have enough felt left and actually I think the thinner fabric works much better! I gave it to my sister for her birthday, it really made her laugh. I think I captured Lola’s soul really well, such an angel with those innocent eyes. To be fair, she doesn’t always sport this scary expression.

I’m not sure what to try next, perhaps upgrading my flower embroideries? Watch this space.. In the meantime, back to my sewing machine!

Monika x

She is cute really

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