Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Fan Shaped Feathers

The fan shaped feathers are stitched in vertical layer. On every vertical layer I have stitched before the stitches are parrallel to each other; in this case they radiate around the shape. The angle of the stitches changes gradually and filler stitches are inserted to give a smooth, continuous foundation. The curved edge of the fan is outlined with #4 gold to slightly raise the edge and give a sharp outline.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

As on the breast, the temporary holding stitches are curved to serve as a guide for the short stitch holding.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The rows of holding stitches alternate between 1 into 2 soft twist in the same colour as the foundation, and #1 gold. The stitches match the angle of the foundation stitches and the curve of the temporary holding stitches.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The background fan is one shade deeper that the foreground fan. The short stitch holding is worked in the same colour.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

When a foundation radiates in this way, the light is reflected in different directions and gives the impression that the element has been stitched in several different shades of the same colour when, in fact, it is stitched in a single shade.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching

9 comments:

Jane said...

Mr Duck is looking very handsome. Enjoying seeing him grow.

Christa Evans said...

#1 Gold holding adds such a wonderful depth to that fan. Duck is look wonderful.

Angelcat said...

Wow this is looking gorgeous. Your stitching is so neat and the colours are wonderful

Rachel said...

It's developing beautifully - I love watching the colours come together on this!

Plays with Needles said...

You gotta love silk! Those fans are fab!

Mary Corbet said...

Oh, this is beautiful!! I love the silk, and as always, the stitching is just perfect.

Sue said...

Wow he is coming along, looking forward to see what you are doing next and seeing him for real. XX

Amanda said...

Always so amazing!

shirley said...

This piece is coming along beautifully. The stitching is amazing and the colours are lovely. I enjoy reading about the different elements thank you for sharing this