Happy New Year to everyone!
I am starting 2017 with a piece of Blackwork that is a favourite of mine. The image was taken from an old agricultural magazine of an etching that I found online, artist unknown. I love the positioning of the sheep against the hedge behind. After a bit of research I decided that the sheep looked most similar to the Scotch Mule and so I have labeled them as so. I really enjoyed the freestyle darning stitches that I used to create the faces. I mounted the work against a white background, as a grey background in my opinion deadens the white of the fabric.
2. The pale blue thread give the outline for stitching
3. Normally you start from the front and work backwards, but in order to create the shape I started from the back and worked forward.
4. The key to blackwork is tone and shading.
5. The shadows on the floor add a further dimension to the image.
6. Close up of the sheeps faces.