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Types of Needlework

 

Two styles of needlework are most common in this embroidery. 
They are Parallel Stitch and Random Stitch.
Parallel stitch is characterized by its neat, close and fine stitches to show the delicacy 
of the patterns. Using only 1/16 of a single silk thread, parallel stitch is capable of 
capturing even the finest details. It is usually seen on animal and portrait artwork. 
Random stitch uses stitches of different lengths and directions at seemingly random 
overlapping layers to achieve a natural blend of colors and to add depth to the final work.

Two styles of needlework are most common in this embroidery. They are Parallel Stitch and Random Stitch.

Parallel stitch is characterized by its neat, close and fine stitches to show the delicacy of the patterns. Using only 1/16 of a single silk thread, parallel stitch is capable of capturing even the finest details. It is usually seen on animal and portrait artwork. 

Random stitch uses stitches of different lengths and directions at seemingly random overlapping layers to achieve a natural blend of colors and to add depth to the final work.

 

Landscape in 

Random Stitch (left) and

a partially enlarged image. (Over 8 layers of stitch work, not only 

blends colors smoothly and flawlessly, but also creates a 

three-dimensional look to the artwork.  

 

It  can also be done in double-sided. There are three 

categories of double-sided embroidery: same patterns and 

colors on both sides; same patterns with different colors on 

each side, and different patterns with different colors on 

each side. Only talented experienced artists with a patient 

heart and skillful hands are able to synchronize both sides 

in harmony. 

 

Lion in Parallel

Stitch (left) and 

a partically 

enlarged image

 

Double-sided Embroidery (Left) 

see front and back of  WaterTown and The Tiger