How to Turn a Photo of Your Pet into a Thread Paintingcomments (5) February 28th, 2009
Here's a cool way to machine-embroider a picture of your pet without an embroidery machine. Drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine, attach your free-motion quilting foot, and you're ready to go! I took a picture of Emma and traced the outline and features from the photo onto a piece of white Kona cotton using a light box. Then I picked a range of embroidery thread colors to work with. Unlike some kinds of free-motion embroidery, thread painting is very forgiving if you make a mistake—all you have to do is cover up the boo-boo with a lighter or darker color depending on your design and try again. I had some trouble getting the eyes to look right, so I "painted over" the darker detail with a light honey color so I could work on the outline again...I'm pretty happy with them now! Another trick is to use Sharpie markers to color in any areas that show too much of the background fabric; that way, your embroidery won't get too heavy from trying to fill in every speck of fabric.
What you'll need:
- A photo of your pet
- Light box
- Lightweight white fabric, such as Kona cotton
- A pencil
- A nice range of embroidery thread colors to stitch with
- Thin cotton batting
- White bobbin thread
- A frame to put your painting in when you're done
Print a copy of your photo on plain paper, then trace the outline and details of the photo onto a piece of white fabric. (I used a sharp pencil to trace with.) You don't have to trace every little detail, just get all the major shapes and areas of shading.
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