Stitched sketch; day 1

StitchedCaltonHill1aLast night I made a start on my first stitched sketch. It’s a leap in the dark for me and one which may not work out, either because of not looking how I imagine or taking too long to make, thus making it too expensive to recreate and sell.

It’s a well known view of Edinburgh and one I’ve sketched before and so am familiar with.

I started with a large piece of cotton, roughly half a metre wide and sketched a light outline in pastel pencil. I then cut out rough pieces of darker material to add a layer of colour, creating a 3D texture. Next I stuck each piece down to the main background piece.

The above photo is how it looks now before the final stage of stitching my sketch over the top.

I’ll let you know how it goes.


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  1. Love it, and thanks for instructions. Can’t draw for toffee, but can take photos and I like embroidery.

  2. Hi Angela, thanks for your comment. Everyone can draw ;) but I suppose that’s the beauty of this, its more a collage than a sketch. I’ll post the next stage ‘Sewing machine sketching’ when its done.

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Edinburgh Sketcher is a sketch blog from Mark Kirkham, an illustrator and designer living in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Using a wide range of mediums including ink, watercolour, pencil, oil paint, charcoal and collage. Available for illustration commission, please get in touch at for more information.