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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Face to Face

As part of my 'exploration' time this summer -- I am working on embroidered faces. Learning and trying a new technique is so much fun and so rewarding.  I began by copying faces from renaissance portraits.  I printed them on silk, after changing some of the tints and reducing them to the size that I needed.

Once printed, I cut out the interfacing template for the head, fused the image to the interfacing and carefully hemmed around the face.  Then it was time to stitch.  I used regular sewing thread sometimes doubling it and sometimes using single thread.  Working in such a small area - an inch and a half long and an inch and a quarter at the widest section - was my biggest challenge.  Little teeny, tiny stitches!

I have at least two figures (one in my head and one actually started) that I'll want to use this type of face for -- so I made up a total of three.  I know these won't be the last ones -- this is just too much fun!

"Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it"? - Pablo Picasso

1 comment:

  1. Hi Penny. Your faces really turned out well. They are going to make an interesting doll. I hope that you will show progess posts.
    Carol

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