Craftster Pick of the Week – Stitchalicious’ Nue Portrait

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Time for another look at some of the great work featured in the forums at Craftster. Note: Although they’re the pick of this week, they may have appeared before this week.

We love Berlin-based Jacinta Lodge, aka Stitchalicious, and it was a great thrill to see her latest piece of work appear on Craftster.

This is a punked version of a goldwork technique called Or Nue – normally gold wrapped threads are couched down in straight lines and silk couched over to create a picture. It’s used a lot in ecclesiastical embroidery. For this one I used a ball of string from my kitchen drawer (until I ran out and had to find some more string) because I wanted a rougher look, and I wanted to use the flowing couched lines to try and bring out the idea of lots of wrinkles and laughlines.

“I couched down two different kinds of string, using matching threads just for the background and a dark brown DMC to create the outline. The two strings acted so differently when couching that it was difficult to always get even and smooth coverage. It wasn’t entirely what I was trying to achieve with this technique, but I’m pretty happy with how it worked out in the end.

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Stitchalicious is a needlework adventurer, choosing a particular genre of stitching, creating something astonishing and then moving onto new territories. From temari to cross stitch graffiti, to stumpwork, Jacinta conquers everything in her path, with style, intelligence and wit.

I think this latest piece is terrific and I look forward to seeing what happens next!

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