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Botticelli's Venus

The Story

In 2010, I was fortunate to see The Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Painted by Sandro Botticelli in 1486, it was still drawing crowds after more than 500 years. I could see why. This large painting has a presence that certainly justifies its iconic status. It is not possible to capture the beauty of the original in any way, but I tried to do the best thread reproduction I could. Stitch by stitch digitizing allows the finished product to look like a drawing in thread and keeps the stitch count comparatively low for such a large design.

Botticelli's Venus, machine embroidery by Zanki Designs

Playing with ribbons and other ideas...

Botticelli's Venus, stitched on raw silk and ribbons, machine embroidery design by Zanki Designs

Venus, embroidered on a textured background.

To get the greatest joy out of this collection:

  1. Don't resize. Stitch by stitch digitizing confuses resizing software. If you try and resize, it will either drop stitches or make the design far too dense or mix up the stitches where it shouldn't.  
  2. If at all possible, get the exact thread colors. I have taken great care to try and reproduce the subtle shading of the original artwork. This will unfortunately be lost if the thread colors differ from those on the color chart.

5.8" x 9.4" (150mm x 240mm)

Botticelli's Venus, with shell - embroidery design by Zanki Designs.

Venus with shell
192.1mm x 148.9mm
7.56" x 5.86"
Colors: 14
Approximate stitch count: 23 500

Botticelli's Venus, without shell - embroidery design by Zanki Designs.

Venus without shell (bonus design)
178.3mm x 75.1mm
7.02" x 2.96"
Colors: 12
Approximate stitch count: 10 500

The Botticelli Venus, an art icon reproduced in thread!

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Botticelli's Venus

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Botticelli's Venus

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US$ 12

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