Series: Stories from beehive front panels
Motif: based on traditional folk motif
Type: Embroidered painting
Technique: Mixed embroidery
Year: 2012 - ongoing
Edition: Unlimited

Size: Small
Dimension: 32 x 14 cm | 12.6 x 5.5 in
Number of stitches: over 160,000
Thread length: over 1.9 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 17
Development: over 45 person hours


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About the artwork

A saint from the Old Testament, saint Elijah was taken to heaven by a fiery carriage.
This was a very popular biblical motif on traditional beehive front boards.


Innovation of layering

We layer multiple colours of threads and so create rich embroidery and colour texture that is impossible to create with classic one-layer embroidery technique. By layering, we develop colour transitions and shadowing, by which we create multiple-colour surfaces, similar to pointillism painting.

Smooth transitions and shading

By intertwining threads of endless colours and creating colour transitions, we can shape soft shadows, make one surface transition into another and mix colours into an endless multitude of hues. This way, we can also recreate motives from photographs and sophisticated art paintings which wouldn’t be possible with classic embroidery technique, using vector surfaces.

Sophisticated colour calibration

Usually in embroidery, 10 or 20, maybe 30 colours of threads are used. We use around 1,000 colour hues and if a colour still doesn’t match the desired one, we create it by layering and colour transitions. We have digitally scanned colours of all threads by using a spectrograph, so we can colour match any colour from an original material or from CMYK, RGB or Pantone colour schemes.

Saint Elijah

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