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Needlepaintings that I DO intend to do :-)

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14 January 2012

Needlepaintings that I DO intend to do :-)

I used to paint medieval grotesques when I did calligraphy and illumination. I love them. You’ll see examples that I’ve painted in the past come up my on screenshow.

For example,


I’ve called him “Leonard”. :-) (painted in gouache)

I intend to do more …. but in needlepainting. These will be just a bit more approachable than the Archimboldo – I was only joking about that one! ~grin~. Sorry to the people that took me seriously, although Kimerbley Servello’s suggestion in the comments for speckling was lovely.


The two images above from The Luttrell Psalter, 14thC.
Image source and more on the Psalter :

More images from the Luttrell Psalter (hey, it’s a good source!)....source :


And these last images are from the Giornale Nuovo post entry
“One manuscript in particular features such an abundance of this type of illumination that it has become known as ‘the Book of Drolleries’ (Le Livre des Drôleries)……”
More information and images on Giornale’s post.


I think I’ll have a lot of fun :-) They are great creatures! I’ve certainly never done the design analysis to make a needlepainting from an ordinary image before. It’ll be a new skill to look forward to learning in the future.

Looking at Opus Anglicanum's (Tanya's) recent piece ( I'm tempted to think about using trying out the Opus Anglicanum approach as well as needlepainting (long and short stitch).

Has anyone ever designed a needlepainting directly from a picture?

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Blogger Flora said...

Wow! what a coincidence Megan. I too am thinking of needlepainting a picture. It will really be a difficult and challenging process. But as you said, we will have a lot of fun, especially embroidering creatures like these.

I really have to give it a try.

Saturday, January 14, 2012  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

The process of designing a needlepainting from a picture - lot of design work! Do you have any sources, at all? Or are you just going to wing it?

I'll be fascinated to see what you do. Happy to have ideas bounced off me, opinions...etc. Sounds like great fun!

I haven't done any needlepainting in soooo long. I miss it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012  
Anonymous Mary Martin said...

I have one I did from a photo with L&S - I'll try to dig it out today and take a picture for you. It's kind of unfinished but I may keep it that way. You'll understand when you see it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Wonderful, Mary!
And it looks like I might have a picture->needlepainting exploring friend in Flora.
I can't wait to get threaded comments - so I can put comments here, and the person who wrote the comment will be automatically notified. Rather than answering privately, and others don't see the replies....

Sunday, January 15, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get a bit confused, cos I've seen refs to opus anglicanum as needlepainting too - it must be an earlier use. to do it well you certainly have to think with your painting head on

Sunday, January 15, 2012  
Anonymous Rachel said...

The only thing I've done from a picture was the Camberwell, and there I did appliqué!

See if you can find the RSN book that talks about needlepainting - especially the animal portraits. That might help!

Sunday, January 15, 2012  
Blogger Francesca said...

Love Leonard and your paintings in general! About the embroidery I believe you just have to substitute paints with threads and semplify a little what you see - I mean that if you watch to a certain area and you see too much shades, try to divide it in four or five main colours/shades only.
One of my teachers in porcelain painting was used to say: "less is better than more ".

Tuesday, January 17, 2012  
Blogger floozina said...

I too love these critters as well as Illuminations and yes I guess I have needlepainted something derived from a picture. A few years ago a friend gave me the outline of a dragon that she had found (?where) and I embroidered it. It now resides on the front of a crazy quilt vest. If you would like a peek at it
Mine is the dragon named Clementina, and there are several others as well.

PS. Sorry I don't know how to make links.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012  
Blogger Flora said...

Hi Megan,

Visit this page to get some idea for your project:

Also the other pages listed here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

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