So here we are, beginning to get down to brass tacks. If you think the last two weeks were a cop-out, quit thinking that. This week I poured twelve hours into a fine piece of craftsmanship if I do say so myself. I really want to use this year to push myself further in mediums I have used before, and to raise and unify my artistic style and vision across all mediums. In short, I want to find myself as an artist. I want to learn the sound of my voice and make it soar.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Maurice Moss of IT Crowd fame. Moss is an 8×10 embroidered portrait, satin stitched in 4 shades of 3 strand DMC cotton. The hair, tie and background are 100% cotton fabric. The hair and tie are both stitched down. This is all satin stitch folks – 12 hours worth. A rediculous amount of work, but well worth it in the end. This is left unframed, as it is a commission and the owners wish to frame it themselves.
Full disclosure – I’ve had this mapped out for some months now. The actual build did not start until Monday, however. I am contemplating doing these as commissions with very specific source image requirements, of course. For which, I would need to make another that doesn’t belong to someone else. I’m thinking John Stewart. I do need to rest my sewing hand before I do another of these. Stitching the appliques was the hardest part, and the hair took me several hours to sew down due to frequent breaks for my hand.
Hopefully I will have an animated gif of my 7 days of progress on this up later this week. For now, I am signing off, satisfied with my work and hustling on to my next project.