Dragonboat Embroidery

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From second hand store to show piece in a home… this Chinese Embroidery depicts an artist’s idea of a Dragonboat race.

As I am one 22nd of a Dragonboat crew, I found this particular artwork pretty interesting.  The client, a fiber artist herself with very cool original artwork that you can check out HERE , found this Chinese Embroidery at  a second hand store for a few dollars.

Noticing the intricacies of the stitching, which she pointed out is mostly hand- stitching, she was eager to frame it beautifully for her home.  We happily acquiesced.

We used a dark neutral top mat to match the material the embroidery was sewn to (which we still wanted to see) accented with an intense red suede mat underneath.  It is finished using Larson Juhl’s Taichang black bamboo moulding and Museum glass.

If you look closely at the corners of this frame you will notice that Jimmy was able to pattern match the corners of the frame.  This is something that we always strive to do but sometimes the frame measurements make it impossible to do.  It is very satisfying when it does works out.

So back to the piece, there are examples of several different kinds of embroidery stitches in it: “satin stitching”, “feather stitching”, “stem stitching”, “couch stitching” and “graduated colour stitching”.

The way the paddles are done is an example of satin stitching.

The way the paddles are done is an example of satin stitching. Notice how the purple thread completely fills the paddle.   

The green leaves in the Cherry Blossoms are feather stitched.

The green leaves on the trees are feather stitched.

The lines depicting the water are an example of a stem stitch.

The lines depicting the water are an example of a stem stitch.

 

The black stitching around the paddles and the white lines in the hull of the Dragonboat are couch stitched.  Couch stitching is how you can use thread that is too thick to be brought through the material.  You lay it on top in rows and then the couch stitching keeps it there.

The white lines in the hull of the Dragonboat are couch stitched. Couch stitching is how you can use thread that is too thick to be brought through the material. You lay it on top in rows and then the couch stitching keeps it there.

The flowers and the are examples of a graduated colour stitch.

The flowers are examples of  graduated colour stitching.

The black stitching in the Dragonboats are couch stitched.

The fifth boat just cause.   

And here is what an actual Dragonboat Race looks like.  Here’s my boat, Blizzard in a Boat, winning our 200 metre on September 12th at Carleton Place Canoe Club’s Fall 400 Dragonboat Festival: