Saturday, 30 November 2013

Patricia Blue!

I read in amusement all the concerns about achieving the 'correct' blue in this challenge, knowing I would be faced with the same problem but in thread.  I have also battled to achieve the correct hues in the photograph , but here goes .....................





My butterfly is the Patricia Blue or Lepidochrysops patricia.  The butterfly is free motion embroidery on a transferred photo (using TAP) , cut out, and then fused and stitched onto the background cloth  which has been machine quilted.  I will change the binding as it has 'cropped' the branches which is annoying me.  I suppose I could paint them in?

13 comments:

  1. Fabulous stitching! And yes go for painting your branches in, it's a technique that I'm watching Cynthia St Charles do this a lot - http://cynthia-stcharles.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Another approach for the finishing that I might try next time is one that Colleen used on her piece, which is a "pillowcase facing", eliminating the binding . Your threadwork is stunning and the colour perfect!

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    1. I'm facing my small pieces a lot. This is just one tutorial - http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tutorial-super-duper-easy-way-to-face.html I pin all four sides before stitching, which is a lot quicker!

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  3. Your embroidery is amazing. Is this a butterfly that you have seen It too is gorgeous. And you did well with the colour selection, including the background choice.

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    1. I have to admit I have not seen it in real life and am not sure whether it is found my side of the country. It is found in SA.

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  4. You have got the colour perfectly and love the way you have worked the butterfly. Your colours harmonize so well. Didn't know that a species of butterfly had the same name as me! It is a lovely piece Phil and your thread work is superb. I have been working on a piece for a Guild exhibition next year and am also trying thread painting on it, for the first time ever, and it is such fun. Well done.

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  5. Wow! Amazing thread work! What a gorgeous butterfly and perfect use of the periwinkle.

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  6. Superb thread painting! The wings shimmer. So much detail. Great choice. Hilary

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  7. Perfect representation of the colour. Great thread painting!

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  8. You didn't mention how you achieved your background...did you paint it? The scale is perfect. The thread painting on the butterfly is stunning and very realistic. WOW!

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  9. Brilliant, though I agree about the binding. Love the colour and the whole thing.

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  10. Such beautiful detail in this piece!!! The tiny butterfly patterning in the background leaves really adds to echo and feature the beauty! To me it does not need the border.

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  11. exquisite thread painting. perfect technique for this subject! great choice of background

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