Turn Photos into Embroidered Portraitscomments (9) October 29th, 2008
I love finding new ways to put my own stamp on my embroidered portraits. While trying to figure out how to stitch up the portraits for this post, I started thinking of this gift I made for my friend Jen a few years back. Then I only used one color and did all the painting after I stitched the pattern and stretched the fabric, but this time I wanted to use the painting as the base for the embroidery. I used the paint to add an extra layer of texture and to fill the finished piece, and boy, am I happy with the results!
Here's what you'll need to do what I did:
For the painting:
- Your pattern transferred onto a natural fabric (natural fibers take the paint color better)
- Large embroidery hoop, bigger than your pattern
- Fabric paints (I like Jacquard Textile Paints)
- Fine-tipped paintbrushes
- Small lidded containers (I found some 6 for $1 at the Dollar Tree)
- Piece of scrap fabric to test colors
- Small hoop for test fabric
For the stitching:
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
For the mounting:
- Acid-free bristol board or other thick mounting or mat board
- Spray adhesive
- Glue (I used a quick-drying fabric glue)
|Get more embroidery information:
• How to Embroider a Greeting Card
• Embroidery Term of the Week: Topping
• The Last Stitch: How to Finish Your Hand-Embroidery
• How To: Five Handy Embroidery Stitches
Stretch your fabric in the large embroidery hoop. I knew I wanted to frame my finished work in oval frames, so I drew an oval around the transferred images using a pencil before I put it in the hoop. Use the small hoop to stretch your test fabric.
Put a small amount of your paint into a small lidded container.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery