Question to Marsha:-
Quite a few of us are going to be stitching Manifesto and there are several who have not stitched a pictorial before. Do you have any tips about how such a project should be approached and order of stitching. Should any special consideration be given to type of linen etc.,
My approach to starting a pictorial, especially one of this magnitude, is to outline as many of the shapes as possible in black/brown. I began in the upper left corner, stitching the top and left outline in this color, then working my way down to the outline of the sun, then the bird below that. To break up the tedium and to satisfy our need for color, the clouds to the right of the sun could be filled in; but I tend to be a very cautious worker, and I want to make certain that all of the elements are in the right position before going further. Frogging is a dangerous and frustrating way to waste precious stitching time.
Some of the features are outlined in black, or black avocado green---they all constitute outlines. Once the ghost of the picture is done it's a lot of fun to go back and start coloring it in, watching it come to life.
I believe this is how the original pictures were executed from those I've seen partially finished: the professional artist drew the design onto the fabric, the figures were first outlined, and then finally filled in.
Thank you Marsha, I will be following your advice.
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