The spotted piece is silk that I was able to stain in a nice way. The cup forms are cotton organdy vessels- one dipped in walnut hull dye, and one not.
This image is taken from my sketchbook. I try to draw the stitching first, to see if the effect is what I want it to be, and then I translate it on the actual painting with needle and thread.
This is the result, although I have not decided whether to keep the brocade as an under layer. I may keep it more simple and leave the painting and linen.
Here is a close up- these stitches are tiny! The effect is subtle, but rich.
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