Tuesday, March 18, 2014

- Needling details: Close up views of the family sampler

I ended yesterday's post with my latest family sampler, then realized I neglected to include detail shots. Having seen both good and not-so-good needlework photography online, I decided to rig up a light box. What appears below is as much about my photography learning process as it is about the needlework.

Scanned image created on our HP Photosmart 7520 printer.
Except for cropping, the image has not been altered.

This is a cropped version of the scanned image, which doesn't show the colors as accurately, even after editing.

This was photographed using the light box, then brightened, straightened and cropped in the photo editor.
The pictures that follow have varying degrees of brightening and cropping.

This detail of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was cropped fairly tight.
Note the hemstitching on the right.

The cropping on the UT Tower is even tighter.
Longhorn fans please note the "1" in the windows.

This is the tightest crop, close enough
to see the French knot on the
top of the Montauk Lighthouse,
but the details are beginning to blur.

Back stitched dunes, double running stitch oat grass on top.
Note how the pale green of the grass is hard to see.

A closer view, including the waves and sea gulls

Queen stitch cookie ...
same blur with the tight cropping.

Border stitch details: satin stitch
large cross stitch with smaller stitches
on the arms, more satin stitch.

Eyelet stitch lettering (red), cross stitch (green)
and double running stitch stems with straight stitch flowers.

Some final notes: the ground fabric is a 42-count linen (42 threads per inch). In the future, I may include a measure of some kind to indicate relative scale. I also need to photograph the same image at different times of day, with different lenses, and with different kinds of lighting, particularly to see how it affects color. I'll try all of the above (and whatever else I can think of) in a future post on my slow cloth adventures.

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