This portrait is made of threads, or with other words, it is freestitch embroidery sewn on water soluble fabric, who therefore disappears in water and leaves you with only the threads. This piece Is sold as print and artcard. Read more this and watch a work video I made - all on my website. Hope you like it MAD ;-)
The origins of embroidery can be traced back to the Warring States period in China (500-300BC) and to Sweden's Migration period (300-700AD), and some would argue that it hasn't changed much over the centuries:
Mokuba Free Lace Tutorial-Mokuba Free Lace is the Gold Standard of the water soluble products currently on the market. It comes with a base and a water soluble overlay. The base is unique in that it has 2 layers- the sturdy base with a peel away adhesive. It can be used for a variety of fiber projects including a purse, wearable art, embellishments for a quilt (like the leaves above), textured fabrics, etc. You can buy in sheet size (large enough to make a shawl or 2 scarfs) or by the yard.