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Introduction to The Glossy Project
I am starting 2010 with an art project
called The Glossy Project.
The Glossy Project is a monthly challenge I have started
as a way to merge my love of design and fashion with
textile and mixed media art.

For this year, the theme will be the cover of Boho,
Vogue (US edition), Oprah and Bust magazine and the
design is always embroidered.

The embroidery technique is one I have been using
and teaching for years now.
I call this stitch,The Glossy Back Stitch.
It is similar to the traditional back stitch,
but the stitch length varies.

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  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trace your image using tracing paper.
    I am starting this project with the January issue of Vogue (US edition).
    (You can also use your original drawing or a photograph)

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place the tracing on your fabric. Then use a bone folder or a spoon to burnish the pencil marks onto the back of your fabric.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 3
    Step 3

    When you are done, it will look something like this.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then iron an iron-on interfacing or
    stabilizer over the design.
    This will prevent the pencil markings from rubbing off as
    you work and it will also make the
    fabric a little heavier and stronger.

    Now start to embroider it.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 5
    Step 5

    What distinguishes a Glossy from other types of embroidery is the use of The Glossy Back Stitch.
    Unlike traditional embroidery, this stitch is worked on
    the back-side of the fabric.
    The Glossy Back Stitch is similar to the traditional back stitch.
    The difference is that you can change the length of each
    stitch as you embroider your image.
    Doing so results in a jagged and impressionistic design on the right-side of the fabric.
    That's exactly the goal of this technique.

    Continue to embroider your image.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 6
    Step 6

    When the entire piece is embroidered, it will look something like this.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 7
    Step 7

    All the knots and loose threads will be visible on the side you've stitched on. Turn it to the right-side and it looks like this.

  • How to make a mixed media. Stitched Glossy - Step 8
    Step 8

    At this point, you can leave it as is, or if you want to lightly gesso your Glossy. Now you are ready to paint, applique, sew, bead, cut in to, quilt, collage, watercolor, gold leaf or embellish it any way you want.

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emilyrose
emilyrose · Corvallis, Oregon, US · 3 projects
gorgeouss!
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Nancy!
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
pretty!! ^_^
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Libby W.
Libby W. · Whitehaven, England, GB · 84 projects
This looks great. I like the idea of mixing paint with embroidery. What type of paint did you use?
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Bea R.
Bea R. · Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, MY · 9 projects
Thanks for the tutorial & am tempting to make one myself Tongue
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