Tuesday, 7 February 2012

In which I learn to do silk shading. Properly this time.

I've started sewing the cunning mate fox using silk shading.  I'm working from the RSN's Guide to Silk Shading - last time I tried to do this stitch, I didn't really know what I was doing.  This time, well, it's different.  And the stitches I'm producing are pretty fab.

I'm starting with a line of split stitch, which you then embroider over to create a firm line.  You work silk shading back to front - you start with the areas of the design that are at the back, and work to the front.  So, I'm doing the fox's body before I do his head, and working on legs at the back before I work on legs at the fron.  I'm using 2 strands of DMC cotton together, and taking the stich up through the previous row, almost like a sort of vertical split stich.  Well, it makes sense to me.

And my stitches are so neat!  I'm going to blow my own trumpet here - I thoink this is some of the neatest stitching I've ever done.  Tootle toot!


  1. Ooh, that stitching looks impressive! I've never done that sort of embroidery, so am always impressed when someone else knows how!

    Melissa (LMM)

  2. Thanks Melissa! It's actually suprisingly easy, once you know what you're doing! I got it entriely wrong first time I tried it, but the RSN's book is very easy to understand.