Frida Kahlo, she is so iconic and fascinating. If anyone is an inspiration for getting through rough times, it's her! She lived an amazing, and often very sad and painful life.
I recently reworked my beloved Frida embroidery sampler with a technique I've wanted to try for awhile now, filling in the whole design with Split Stitches!
I really love the lush texture this gives to embroidery art. It's very touch-able. :) Stitching it was also very relaxing! Split Stitch is probably my favorite embroidery stitch, it is easy and very calming for me.
(if you're not sure how to do it, check out this tutorial!)
I already had the outlines in place, so I started by filling in her cheeks, lips and eyes with stitches, just going around and around the shapes from outside in. Then I started at the outer edge of her face, again stitching around and around until I filled the whole thing up to the center. I did the same with the flowers. On her hair and the heart, I stitched rows, just curving them to fit the shapes.
What do you think, do you like this version, or the line art version at the top? I can't decide, I like them both. :) I do want to use this technique more often! You can try out either one for yourself, Frida samplers are available at my shop: littledear.etsy.com