So, here’s the original Mandrake — 9X11inches, watercolor, pencil, and floss on handstamped cotton. He is built of straight and stem stitches for the root/body and satin stitch for the flat leaves. The raised work is brazilian cast on, bullion knot, and woven picot for the tall, long leaves. He is by far my most popular pattern and has developed a life of his own!
Incidentally: If you want your OWN mandrake pattern, he is available via Urban Threads as a hand embroidery, machine embroidery, or digital download – just follow the link and get busy! Visit UrbanThreads
Here I’ll chronicle some of his adventures and share his incarnations with you! Don’t forget to see his history and his companion the Womandrake via the Sinister Stitch Project…
For something more stylized, I created the Mandrake B — I think of him as the jester of the gardens:
He has a collar of brazilian cast-on stitches and an outline in stem stitch.
For something entirely different, *visit Digital Art Quirks*
… see the interp of a group of artists who gave the mandrake what they call an Extreme Makeover!!
For another take the MO Fiber Artists (where I am the Regional KC Rep) tackled their own mandrakes and created quite a garden of guys!
Pat Owac did an amazing job using momigami to create the root body and collage to create leaves.
Carlene Fullerton used tulle and pressed leaves over watercolor crayon wash to conjure her Mandrake:
All in all, it was a GREAT day!
Don’t Forget: If you want your OWN mandrake pattern, he is available via Urban Threads as a hand embroidery, machine embroidery, or digital download – just follow the link and get busy! Visit UrbanThreads
Also Don’t forget to email me a jpeg firstname.lastname@example.org & I’ll add him to the Gallery!