Recent(ish) Portrait - The Barberousses' Stitch People Piece
by Kate Anderson on Dec 20, 2022
(Initial note: Oh my, I have fallen so very far behind with these finished-piece wrap-up posts! I'm promising myself to do better at writing for my website for 2023. I guess it could be considered a new years resolution..! Anyway, onto the beautiful piece!)
A giveaway winner portrait
Earlier this year, I hit a few follower-count milestones (when my reels -and reels in general- were popping off). When I reached 4,000 followers, I decided to do a giveaway for a 4-character stitch people portrait. I've done this in the past and really enjoyed it as I make it clear that I have creative freedom to try different things, while still providing a finished piece that they will love.
During the stitching phase of this piece, I was wanting to have a "play" with some florals but didn't have an opportunity with other works I had going on at the same time. Then time passed and my giveaway winner was being super patient, so I decided to throw in the florals for free for being incredibly kind and patient!
Let's see some details
If you asked me what my favourite part of this piece was, I honestly wouldn't be able to tell you. It's such a hard choice between the woman's dress, all of their hair, the gradient in the dogs fur and -of course- the florals.
It often amazes me what we, as needlepoint artists, can do with something so intricate and tiny as a strand of floss. The smallest details can enhance a whole section so much, it truly feels like magic.
I truly love making stitch people portraits and it's results like this that show me physical proof that my love for it, translates to something so special and beautiful.
I have a number of portraits that I've stitched since this piece was shipped off to the winner of the giveaway and I am looking forward to sharing details of those pieces with you, too. I honestly amaze myself with pretty much every portrait I make with how it looks once it's finished.
But for now, let me know in the comments below what your favourite part of this piece is. I truly would love to know!
Lettering on this piece is my free font; 'Nancy' - get it for yourself today!