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Silk Shading

See examples of Silk Shading

This beautiful technique, sometimes known as "painting with a needle", uses a number of colours in cotton or silk threads, skillfully blended together to create the natural appearance of a flower, fruit, plant or animal.  The technique uses long and short stitches (either in silk or cotton threads or even wool) and the emphasis is on blending colour and understanding tonal shade.

 We teach classes in silk shading for beginners onwards and recommend our book RSN Essential Stitch Guide - Silk Shading by Sarah Homfray      


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