The French artist Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) was an
Impressionist, but unlike his peers, he never painted out of
doors. He also didn't adopt the "Impressionist color fleck."
Degas was particularly fond of dancers as subjects and
depicted them in various poses and surroundings, both on stage
and off stage, using the traditional medium of oil on canvas,
as well as pastel. The lines in his pastel works, suggested to
me that thread reproductions could work quite well. I
attempted this with two of his works, carefully matching
thread colors with the pastels that Degas used. Was it
successful? You be the judge.
"Encore," Susan Wessels, 2014. Intuitively pieced,
machine embroidered and machine
A close up of the machine embroidery.
I've also made an evening bag and an invitation.
To get the greatest joy out of this collection:
- 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.
- If at all possible, get the exact thread colors. I have
taken great care to try and reproduce the subtle shading of
the original artworks. This will unfortunately be lost if
the thread colors differ from those on the color chart.