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Sketch Support Spotlight: Adrienne Lubbe

I've had the pleasure of getting to admire Adrienne's layouts in the Sketches for 6 x 6" Paper Pads Facebook group and let me tell you, she is so talented and creative. I found myself looking forward to seeing her layouts throughout the 20 weeks. When I saw the layout below, based on the Sketch Support #13 sketch, I knew I had to share it with you all. It is AMAZING!

Here's the sketch that Adrienne used as inspiration for her layout:

There's also the 3-page PDF of 22 more sketch examples based on this sketch!

Adrienne says:

I decided to make a single page and then only the top half of the sunburst just because of the sheer volume of stitching the string art requires.

I first cut a scrap piece of paper down to 10½ x 4½” and penciled in the rays of the sunburst.

Next I placed the template onto the cardstock . Don’t use a lightweight piece of paper – you need a heavier weight just because of the amount of stitching you will be doing. Stick the template down temporarily with washi tape and prick holes on all the pencil lines as well as around the outer border.

You need a full skein of embroidery thread in various colours to give you an ombre effect. I split the thread into two, using three strands of thread at a time. You can cut quite a long piece of thread because the stitches are long and they gobble up the thread quite quickly.

You stitch completely randomly, doing long stitches at angles within each wedge, filling up the spaces from left to right and top to bottom as you go. Don’t pull the long stitches too tight otherwise you will buckle the cardstock. Stitch until you have the desired coverage.

When you stitch the adjacent wedge you use the same holes where there is a common border.

Lastly you finish the outline with back stitch.

Here's a photo that shows the back of the page and just how often you start a new thread.

Want to see more of Adrienne's work? Check out:

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to try this string art technique! It's beautiful!

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Sherri Couture
Sherri Couture
Oct 21, 2020

Wow! That is amazing!

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