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The giant piece of the Yangtze River (14.08-meter in length and 4.03-meter in height) is so large that designers had to work at the same time on three six-meter-long metallic stretcher frames, and place them together later on. The outlines, colours, and design of the mountains had been readjusted to achieve the best aesthetic effect.
Chinese painting distinguishes itself by fine black outlines and blending colors. It features outlined mountain rocks, saturated colors of blue and green, indistinct clouds, and skills like blurring, dry ink, coloring and side brush. The texture of the stones is prone to be vague when enlarged thus mare details must be added in needlepoint work. The perspective and coloration of distant mountains and high clouds should be well structured to expand the horizon. Firstly, artists dared not to use dark-color woolen yarn, producing a very dull and lackluster work. The mountains in title tapestry were not convincing, and the shape of the cliffs was very plain.Even worse, the traditional colors in the Chinese painting, including azurite, malachite and ochre, were not there in the color palette. Therefore artists had to make adjustment and correction on the draft work by highlighting the texture of the rocks, and enhancing the brightness of clouds encompassing the mountain peaks and clear water in the river. Ultimately, the completed work was able to express vast scenery of overlapping mountains and floating clouds. All in all, woolen yarn with dark colors adds to the power of wild and sketchy and gorgeous nuance in color of Chinese traditional paintings.
To the excitement of needlepoint artists, the achievement of the Yangtze River proved that needlepoint can perform a lot more than replicating oil paintings and photos. Even the Chinese painters had been amazed, saying “it really is astonishing that needlepoint can display everything in Chinese painting”.