Like many people, I find the work of the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt irresistible. I love the way he combines realism with highly abstract patterns, and his work provides an inspirational starting point for embroidery design.
This is a very simple design which I did as a technical exercise to try out various ways of stitching the basic geometric shapes that Klimt combines to make his complicated patterns. Applique is an obvious technique to use, but rather than finish off each applique shape with a satin stitch edging, as is usual, I just left the edges raw. The effect isn’t bad, although I should have spent more time removing loose threads before I scanned the piece. I also used areas of metallic thread, because Klimt used a great deal of gold in his work. However my gold thread wasn’t bright enough and I’ll have to find a brighter, bolder thread to use in the next version