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Hints and Tips for Successful Silk Shading


Introduction

I wrote this in conjunction with creating the Pinnacle Ridge silk shading embroidery. I started from the very beginning and wrote down everything I did, and took scans. Before we start looking at that, however, there are a few general things I would like to say.

A common misconception is that you need to use silk thread. Whilst this can look very beautiful, it is not at all necessary. Most of my landscapes are worked with Anchor stranded cotton.

If you're new to silk shading I would recommend that you start with something smaller and simpler than Pinnacle Ridge. The embroidered area is only 6.25 cm (2.5") x 12.5 cm (5.0"), but that is quite large when you are covering the entire area with stitches, and using only one strand of cotton.

I once read in a magazine that silk shading is a very easy technique because you only use straight stitches. In a way that's true, but the secret is that those stitches must be placed in just the right position. To be successful you will need to have good eyesight (with magnification if necessary) and patience.

I have broken the work down into stages as follows. I hope this will help anyone create their own silk shading landscape.


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