Galina Tregubov makes stunning embroidered icons in Split Stitch using only DMC #5 perle cotton.
The tradition of writing icons in the Orthodox Churches is a long (Yes, you “write” an icon, you don’t “paint” or even “stitch” it). It’s said that the oldest icon of all was painted by St. Luke. It’s of the Virgin Mary.
The look of a particular icon is copied exactly and is passed down through the generations. These icons are found in churches and homes.
What makes Galina’s icons unusual is that they are the traditional images you will see elsewher but they are done entirely in thread. I astonished at how lovely they are, especially when you consider they are done with the thread as it comes out of the skein.
On her site she has a lovely slide show of her work.
If you want to learn more about her technique (which could be done on needlepoint canvas), you can see her book, Guardian Angel, on-line. It has detailed explanations of her technique.