High School Arts major. 10 years out of high school. Job that's going nowhere, slowly. The sudden need to reacquaint myself with drawing. A 100 drawings in 100 days challenge. Let's see if I can get back into the swing of arting (without too much suck, hopefully) regularly again. . .
Disclaimer: This is not my own idea; I got the tip from the lovely Elentari-liv, who was kind enough to share her technique with me. This is only showing the basics I’ve used to knit the scales, not how to make any certain piece.
Also, keep in mind that I’m still a beginner at knitting. I’ve been doing it for approximately two weeks.
What you’ll need:
- circular knitting needles
- small scales
You’ll probably want to choose a yarn close to your scale colour, or one that complements it (I used a contrasting one here to make things easier to show). You may have to experiment a bit with the yarn gauge and size of the needles. I ended up using gauge three yarn and size six needles after some testing. Larger needles widened the gap between scales, so that the yarn was visible in between, which I didn’t want, and thicker yarn made the scales stick out too much as opposed to hanging. It looked like I was knitting a very ruffled dragon.
Scales can be purchased from The Ring Lord, with multiple choices of colour and material. I’ve experimented with both aluminum and steel; the steel seems to hang better because of its weight, but it all depends on what you need for your project!
(I’m putting the actual process under a read more because I do have a lot of photos.)
I’m gonna go ahead and put this under the resources tag for reenactors, cosplayers, Rennies and SCA-ers!
More pictures of my hand embroidered bee, now finally really finished <3 I’m going to frame it over the weekend, and then it’s finally done!
Hand embroidered, flat silk thead on linen
Totally amazing. I’m in awe. So beautiful and detailed, and so dramatic. Sigh.
Now i want to do an insanely detailed bee embroidery…