Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Previous parts of the tutorial can be found here:

Part 4 - Lips

Here is the fourth part of a tutorial for stumpwork portraits, inspired by Fay Maxwell, whose excellent book Ladies with Hatitude I warmly recommend.

Use two strands of either skin-toned thread for a natural look, or a lipstick colour.

Two Straight Stitches for full lips and a serious look, 

or two Lazy Daisy Stitches for a sweeter look.

Next up, Part 5 - Behind the Neck and Clothing, will be posted on Thursday.


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    1. Thanks. She was made for a Swedish friend who is into culture and textile, she has a good collection of the type of belt-bag the lady in the portrait is wearing. The outfit is a free interpretation of a Swedish folk costume.

  2. Amazing how she seems to take on a personality!

    1. The personality comes out as you add new details. Hair and clothes, will change the portrait even more.


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