I was surprised at the number of representational works at FNF this year. Of the representations, most were of people, and mostly faces. Here are some of the more realistic treatments:
Linda was a prizewinner at last year's FNF, using the same technique of fabric painting plus intricate multicolor threadwork to make beautifully accurate portraits.
Deborah Hyde, Monkeys In My Hair (Evie), detail below
Deborah is another repeater, in both appearance and technique, having been in FNF in 2019, 2017 and 2016. All of her quilts are pieced from tiny squares of fussy-cut print fabrics, about a half-inch apiece. This year she's added little cartoony critters, including monkeys, in and around the little girl's hair, emphasized with a bit of hand stitching.
Finally, my favorite of the realistic portraits is this tour-de-force of hand stitching.
The painterly strokes of this stunning image are made from long strands of perle cotton, stitches that are interlaced in deep tangles of thread that only occasionally go through to the back layer of the quilt.
Faces also came in other varieties than super-realistic; I'll show you some of them in another post.