As promised an update of the hand embroidered portrait I am currently working on. As you can see from the pictures below I have been working on the details of the hat bobble and the top. It's slow going but very relaxing working in this way! Some of the portrait is built up in long and short stitch, but as you can see from the second image the dark blue areas and the neck are built up in small straight stitches to create a painted almost impressionistic look. I will continue building up the design in this way, but for the plaited braid of the hat I am using a slanted satin stitch effect. More soon!