This piece of textile art is created using a technique called ‘free motion embroidery’, or ‘thread painting’. I create an underpainting in acrylics of the animal onto cotton fabric, which I then stitch over using my sewing machine and lots of coloured threads. The textile artwork is then built up through layers of thread, using lights and darks, to create a realistic portrait of the animal. As with all my textile art, I am particularly drawn to the eyes as this is where I feel the animal comes to life. To do this I use many tiny stitches. I then carefully cut around the animal and applique / stitch it to my chosen background. I do the same thing with the trees.
- Picture size: 8 inch x 8 inch
Picture with frame: 13 inch x 13 inch
- Materials: fabric, cotton thread, wooden frame handmade in Ireland
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