Use Your Favorite Photo to Create a Unique Hand Embroidery Design

comments (4) August 6th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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I love the idea of using a light box to transfer the photo the fabric.
Vingage Cutwork Apron/Summer Dress
I love the idea of using a light box to transfer the photo the fabric.

I love the idea of using a light box to transfer the photo the fabric.

Photo: Calamity Kim

Even through I love hand embroidery, I don't get the opportunity to do it very often...I'm going to have to be a little more creative with my time management because I've discovered two projects that I can't resist (My Polly Positive sister is always telling me, when there's a will, there's a way!). I'll keep one of the projects a surprise until next week because I'm still in the research phase of my discovery, but I can't wait to tell you about the second...

I was inspired by Shannon's post about Urban Threads' Embroidery Designs. I set off looking for other websites that featured embroidery designs that had an edge...I ended up finding Calamity Kim instead! Using a light box she was able to transfer a photograph onto fabric, creating an embroidery design. If that was not fabulous enough, she used the perfect combination of redwork hand embroidery and an easy-to-do freezer paper applique technique to create an adorable design of a child dressed up in vintage prints. You should definitely check this out...think of all the possibilities stacked in shoeboxes piled high in the closet (If you're like me, you have lots of photos tucked away that were taken before the digital age.)

I also noticed that she has a shop on One of her "Current Whims" is the Tea with Jane Austen Calamity Kim Vintage Cutwork Linen Apron...I was really intrigued by this one-of-a-kind garment...I'd pack it to wear at dinner when I to go away for the weekend to a country bed and breakfast!


posted in: vintage, embroidery, keepsake, victorian, 50s

Comments (4)

JenniferStern writes: Hi Lindalue, If you click on" Kim Calamity" in the text of my post, it will take you directly to this project on Kim's website. There are instructions on how to do this technique. If you need more detailed help, shoot Kim an e-mail. When I emailed her to see if I could use her project on Craftstylish she was very nice to work with, I'm sure she will help you out, or at least tell you where to find the information you need to complete the project!

Good luck, and we would love to see your take on this project!

Posted: 9:13 am on August 9th
lindalue writes: I love the idea but as I am new here where do I get the directions to complete this wonderful craft. I already have an idea but want to make sure I am at least close.
Posted: 8:57 pm on August 8th
JenniferStern writes: I thought so too...if it tempts you to try it, I'd love to see your design!
Posted: 6:53 pm on August 6th
SusanElizabeth writes: I beleive this is just about the sweetest thing I've seen! Love!!
Posted: 4:36 pm on August 6th
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