Sunday, January 24, 2010

Barely Tapping

Hi Everybody. Robin here... The pondering has begun.

Question: How to keep true to the wonderfully painted SharonG canvas, and yet, put my own spin to it? The Tap Pants have nicely painted silver highlights conveying the flowing fabric. I tried several different stitches & threads, but realized the stitched silver highlights were trying to steal the show.

My Solution: I decided to use a Barely There approach. (Shameless plug: DVD #6, Barely There.) For the black Tap Pants, I used 1 strand Soie Perlee Noir and the previously diagrammed "Victorian Step." This vertical stitch allows the painted canvas silver highlights to shine through; a nice effect.

An apology to the readers: Looks like I've entered a Bermuda Triangle vortex: Barely There technique, Black Paint and Black thread. Oops, I just realized this might be hard to see. So sorry. Things will start to pick up... Hang with me, if you can.


  1. Try putting a sheet of red paper behind the canvas before you take the photo. It might make the white canvas look a little pink but it might also help us see the stitch on the tap pants. I often use colored construction paper behind the scans I do for Blog. I put my canvas face down on the scanner bed and cover with colored paper.

    Very creative choice, by the way. I love light coverage stitches and I bet the Victorian step looks great in person.

  2. Thanks, Jane, for the wonderful suggestions. I have a pack of construction paper just waiting for this chance to be helpful. Oh, and the scanner... I forgot about the scanner. Plus I am going to try the hand-held flash soon which will help get the light off the side. The camera mounted flash does seem to blast away a lot of the detail. Ever striving to be like Jane...

  3. To stitch black on black, use an LED light. It turns the black to blue black and is easier to see. My students want to hug me when I show them this trick. Only works with LED lights since it is a blue light.


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