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 ;-)
How to make fabric with the threads and scraps from an Orts Jar stash, using water soluble stabilizer. The word, "orts" used to popular only in crossword puzzles, but now stitchers of all sorts are keeping pretty jars filled with threads, selvages and other scraps.
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: