Stitch The Sketch 2: “Aladdin’s Lamp”
In this episode – (Stitch the Sketch 2) – I thread sketch Aladdin’s lamp. I love the shape of the lamp. The truth is I love all curvy pots, vases and just about any container that has elegant curves, extraordinary spouts, handles, and mouths. So it’s really no wonder I chose to sketch Aladdin’s lamp or should I say – pot?
As always, I started off by sketching the pot in my sketchbook. Below you’ll find a copy of my pencil sketch.
This sketch is bigger than the size of fabric on which I wanted to thread sketch, so I couldn’t do a simple trace onto fabric. I drew another pot directly on fabric. Then I went ahead to thread stitch it.
Here it is stitched on fabric: Stitch the Sketch 2- Aladdin’s lamp.
Watch the video to see the entire creative process. Scroll down after the video to see the highlights of the process and tips and techniques you can use to create your own thread sketch on fabric.
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Tips, Techniques, and Tools
- Stitch slowly so you can stay within your outlines – I set my speed to medium, a little slower than when I’m thread shading.
- Thread sketching is like sketching on paper without an eraser, go slowly when necessary because you don’t want to be taking out stitches when you make a mistake.
- Stitch over lines you want to highlight or you want to draw the viewer’s attention to.
- If you don’t have an outline to follow, create edges by repeatedly starting/stopping in the same place when shading
- Cover entire surface with lightly spaced stitches then if you want darker shading make another pass. This prevents drawing on the side of heavily stitched/shaded area.
- Reduce neck strain by keeping your “eye on the needle” rather than straining to look around to the other side of the needle to see where you’re going. I do this by working towards my destination not away from it. Switch your work around to reposition your work to make it easier for you to see where you’re going.
- Resize your sketch using photo editing software or go to a copy center, so you can simply trace onto fabric.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Stitch the Sketch 2. I’d love to hear your comments, your questions, and suggestions.