Janne Robberstad

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Polar bear

By spotogspindel | January 21, 2013

I´m working on a textile picture today. A portrait of a polar bear. A bit of application, but mainly freehand machine embroidery. I don´t have a fancy machine that can be programmed to do this, so every stitch is hand-guided. Handmade is what makes it art! 😉

I´m using a solid wool fabric, which I´ve stiffened even a bit more with Vliselin. After making myself a pattern, I cut and tear fabric pieces in soft colors, to add life. Pinning everything down, leaving small crinkles for added texture.

And then… just start sewing! The face is about 25×30 cm / 10×12 inches. These kinds of pictures take a small eternity to make, so some nice music in the background is a must! 🙂

Work in progress…

Finally the face is covered in stitches!

The background isn´t finished yet, but for now, he can rest on a bit of rice-paper.

Topics: Art, Technique | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Polar bear”

  1. Tammy Says:
    January 21st, 2013 at 23:34

    OH WOW!!!! your bear is freaking awesome!!!|I especially love love the close up shot of all the thread painting you did!! wow, seriously this is so beautiful Janne :o) Plus I love polar bears…is it for a client or for fun?? Your art wall is so happy! Is that at your house or your studio? Coming to visit you is so on my bucket list. I just went to see Le Miserable last night! Hugh Jackman did such an incredible job. I kept crying! luckily my friend had kleenex…poor Fontine. Ah! so good :o) {{{BIG HUGS}} to you today my friend!

  2. regina Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 05:14

    I have to echo Tammy’s words. WOW~ this is so beautiful!!!

  3. indigorchid Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 08:46

    Æææææ, look at all those stitches! This is really stunning Janne.

  4. Siri Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 15:27

    It’s alive!! 🙂

  5. Sid Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 18:24

    Very nice!!!

  6. michelle Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 20:13

    OMG- this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! seriously LOVE it!

  7. Tanja Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 22:22

    Hjelpe meg Janne, detta va imponerande!

  8. spotogspindel Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 20:07

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful feedback! 🙂 I am so honored you like it, and so glad you took the time to tell me so 🙂

  9. Kate D Says:
    January 29th, 2013 at 01:15

    yes, this is absolutely amazing. so intricate and detailed! all I can say is “wow!”