I’ve really been itching to do some goldwork lately, but I’ve got so many projects already going and several projects that I need to get started on, that all I can do when it comes to goldwork right now is dream. You know how that is, don’t you? This one particular design has be besotted…
BibliOdyssey is one of those places I go to get inspired, and last week when I visited, I wasn’t disappointed – there was no lack of inspirational stuff floating about the website. This post on The Tudor Pattern Book really caught my eye, and this one pattern in particular struck me as particularly suitable for goldwork.
When considering an picture or design that is not made specifically for embroidery, I usually try to isolate the elements within the design that would work as an embroidered image. So I took this picture from BibliOdyssey, opened it in Photoshop and got rid of the background. I didn’t spand a lot of time cleaning the thing up – just a few button clicks – but I did at least isolate the part I like.
At this point, I figured I could trace the image in Inkscape or a similar program, to end up with a crisp line drawing, but instead, I started playing with a couple very basic filters in Photoshop and reduced the image to this:
For some reason, a black and white image is my preferred format for any kind of potential embroidery design. I seem to see more possibilities when I can reduce the image to outlines with a bit of shading but no color.
With this piece, I’m thinking in terms of a combination of silk shading and goldwork.
So what do you think? Should I just chuck everything else and launch into a completely senseless goldwork project?
Oh well! Since “chucking” everything else right now probably isn’t prudent, I suppose I’ll just stay the present course. However, if I do drift off…
… you’ll know what I’m doing!
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