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2 01 8 O C T O B E R P RI N T W E A R || 65 W H O W A N T S T O T R Y To learn the technique well enough to be able to describe it to custo mers and trade sho w visitors, we co m missioned so me de- signs fro m digitizer Aytul Kucuk. Our fa- vorite was the stately o wl seen on page 62 and throughout. In the rst i mage of the o wl, the stitch out has not been brushed. You can identify long, manual stitches in the feathers that surround his chest and face. Only his eyes and beak have been se wn in 40- weight rayon. All re maining stitches are intended to be brushed and turned into feathers. In the second step, we brushed the feath- ers on his head only. We left the stitch out in the hoop, and with the stiffer of the t wo brushes, brushed a way fro m his face in a se mi-circular pattern. The stitches at the top of his head are so me what shorter than the feathers on his chest. You can al most i mag- ine the bird co ming to life as the feathers are brushed into a three-di mensional state. In this third and nal step of creating the o wl (as seen on page 64), all feathers are brushed, and the o wl has taken on a realis- tic, al most regal appearance. Kenny Christopher, chief creative of cer at E mbroidery Library suggests, " The art and style of the design are the biggest factors for choosing to stitch a design using wool- blend thread. For exa mple, designs with larger lled areas work best. Larger lled areas allo w you to brush the thread more co mfortably and easily." The rst design using this technique that Christopher created as a stock design was the Brushed Cat as seen at the top right on page 64. In approaching a design that will produce a furry texture, he points out, "It's i mportant that the design be digitized for the thickness of the thread (thread density, for exa mple). Also, using the right tools like the right brushes works best to uff up the thread and give your e mbroidery designs that fun and unique texture." Fur and feathers are a technique that may not be called for every day of the week, but for a unique approach to pets, wildlife, or to si mply spread your wings as an e mbroi- derer, it is worth learning. Right: Also digitized by Ay - tul Kucuk, this ostrich de mon- strates the personality that a stitch out can take on when the three-di mensionality of feath- ers are added with this brush - ing technique on wool blend e m - broidery thread. Inset: T wo brush- es, a softer one and a stiffer one, are available for achiev- ing this technique. It takes so me experi- menting to learn just ho w hard to brush and the direction that works best for you. es, a softer one and - ing this technique. It menting to learn just and the direction that

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