The Red Fox – working his chin

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Stitch direction problems

This is by far the most difficult piece of silk shading I have ever attempted, and I am struggling somewhat with the rather large changes in direction of the fox’s fur around his neck. I can see in my head what it should look like, but this is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be! And I was worrying about his eye! At the moment that is the least of my worries, but of course that could change at any point in time.

The first of these parts at the base of his neck was a little difficult, but I managed to get it to a point where I was reasonably happy with it.

 

The second of these sections however was a tad more difficult! I’m still not convinced it is right, but I will move on, and if necessary, back track at that point when I realise it is just not going to work!

Working the chin

Stitching the underside of his chin was actually a  lot easier than I thought it would be, and it worked up quite quickly! The main point here was to get the stitch direction correct, which meant the stitches were worked close together at the base, and further apart at the top, as they have quite a slope on them. However as the subsequent rows were worked in, the gaps were filled in nicely.

This is slow work, especially when I unstitch more than I stitch, but I am getting closer, and I am hoping, nearing the end of those difficult changes in direction!

16 Comments

  1. virtuosewadventures

    I know how frustrating unpicking and restitching can be, but it’s coming together well, isn’t it!

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    • Catherine

      I am quite happy with it and pleased with how he’s looking on the whole! 😊

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  2. Karen

    Beautiful work and your perseverance has paid off.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Karen. 😊

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  3. Susan Wild

    Wonderful – he is very life like

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Susan. Fur isn’t particularly easy but I am slowly getting the hang of it!

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  4. kathleen mary

    Your stitching is beautiful. When you finish it, put it down and look at it in a year, you are going to say to yourself, it is a good work, why was I so critical on myself. XX

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathleen. It is just difficult when you have a particular image in your mind of what it should look like! But you are tight, I’m sure once I haven’t looked at it so intensely I won’t see the faults I see now.

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  5. Ann

    I think you are doing a marvellous job and this beautiful fox is coming along very well indeed, and don’t fret too much about the eye just take your time … hopefully it will turn out to be easier than you think.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Ann! I’m certainly hopeful that is the case!

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  6. maria wilson

    Love your Fox and it was worth all the work..

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Maria 😊 he’s definitely coming along!

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  7. Rike

    Amazing stitching!!! It looks like real. 😀

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rike 😊 it’s been a learning experience!

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  8. Wendy

    it’s looking wonderful, it doesn’t look to me like you’ve had any difficulty!

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    • Catherine

      You are too kind Wendy! Thanks for your encouragement 😊

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