Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris
First of all, Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris, artist of applied art from Belgium is incredible. These stitched figures of squirrels, hedgehogs, and birds rising from the surface to form a 3-dimensional effect, look so realistic. In appearance, this type of embroidery is somewhat reminiscent of a bas-relief or sculpture. Maybe that’s why it bears a strange name, composed of two English words “stump” and “work.” The techniques of stumpwork differs, depending on material used in it – wire, rubber, textile, and anything that can create a 3D effect. Stitches are worked around pieces of wire, then applied to the main body of work by piercing the background fabric and securing tightly. Meanwhile, a master can create other shapes using padding under the stitches, usually in the form of felt layers sewn one upon the other in increasingly smaller sizes. And finally, the master then covers felt with a layer of embroidery stitches.