You’d think that, with all the “time off” from blogging, I would have finished the Blackwork Fish by now! Alas, it is not the case! Still, the embroidery on this fishy fellow has come along fairly well. I’ve finished the body, the tail, and a bit of fin.
What I liked best about this project up to the point of starting the tail was the diversity of stitches. Embroidering the body of the fish was fun, regardless of stitching solely in black for a relatively long time.
I found myself getting pretty excited as I approached the last few inches of filling down by the tail, but what I failed to realize is that the embroidery was going to become rather dull after finishing the inside of the body. But more on that, later!
Down the middle of the fish in the area approaching the tail (called the caudal peduncle), I wanted a rather bold lateral line to mimic the natural lateral line on most fish, but more than that, to break up the body of the embroidered fish. To make the line more noticeable, I probably should’ve left more open white space. I found myself having to think backwards on this project if I wanted something to really stand out. Instead of making prominent areas darker, I found they stood out better if I made them lighter.
All in all, though, the lateral line worked out ok – I wasn’t about to start picking things out at this point!
Part of my goal on this project was to use many different stitches, but I didn’t really achieve that. I was happy to be able to sneak in herringbone stitch at the very end of the tail.
Then, time to fill in with some more swirlies worked in backstitch with one of the finer threads….
… and finally, the body of the fish is full! Now, that was FUN! I think I may very well undertake more projects like this one in the future.
Next up was outlining. Using one of the thicker threads in the original blackwork silk thread pack, (but not the thickest, which outlines the body of the fish), I outlined the tail and started on some of the fins. At this point, I was still deliberating on what to do with the fin areas.
And this is pretty much what I’ve decided on – for ALL the fins. Simple lines in a finer thread, to create a contrast with the rest of the more complex body of the fish.
Admittedly, I thought I would be finished by now. I find the backstitching a rather sleepy, slow endeavor. I miss the wilder, weirder filling on the body of the fishy beast. But – ah, well! – once finished, it’ll be worth it!
Still wondering how I’ll put the thing to use…. I’ve narrowed it down to wall decor, a pillow, or the outside pocket of a tote. What’s your vote?
You can see the development of this whole project here: Follow the Blackwork Fish