Sunday, May 9, 2010

How I Turned A Picture Into An Embroidery Pattern

I really love the Sublime Stitching patterns by Jenny Hart. Her motto is "Not your grandmother's embroidery!" There are so many fun patterns. The flickr group is loaded with eye candy. This Etsy store, Sew Lovely Embroidery, also has wonderful modern designs.

However the other night I had the itch to stitch right then and there. You know how it is when an idea strikes! So, I came up with my own way to convert a picture into an embroidery pattern that was simple enough for me to do.

This pin up cowgirl was my starting photo. I found the picture on Google and uploaded it into Picnik. Then under the "Create" tab I clicked on "effects." Next I chose "pencil sketch." And the result was the photo below.

From there, I clicked on the "Edit" tab and chose "Exposure." I moved both the "Exposure" and "Contrast" settings as far as I could so that it would look like an even simpler drawing.

The result was this. Notice how most of the background is gone now and the details are sharper? This was good, but I knew I wanted it even simpler. So, still in Picnik, I chose the "Create" tab and went to stickers. I used the rectangle under "Geometric"  (and slid the color to white) to cover up the fire and the photographer's name. Then I went to text and added the "Dinner!" Finally, I downloaded it to my computer and printed it out. I was very careful to print it in "mirror image" so that I could use Citra-Solv to transfer my pattern to the fabric.

To do the Citra-Solv transfer I taped my photocopy print side down to my fabric. I used regular old scotch tape. Be sure not to cover any of the design with tape. Then I took a paper towel with a bit of Citra-Solv on it and rubbed it all over the design. Lastly, I burnished the paper by rubbing the entire design really hard with the edge of a spoon.

Embroidered Cowgirl
I had a lot of fun changing up the colors for this design. Let's see? What's next?

Possible Embroidery Pattern
Maybe something for Father's Day. This is from a vintage MG ad.

PS. Raesha- sorry for the spoiler Enjoy the sneak peak!

I am linking this up to DIY DAY!


Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

That is great!!

littlemissmk said...

oooh i loove it! i finally tried citrasolv and i'm sold! i will post my little project on my blog soon. love your embroidery! :)

Volume23 said...

You are such a talented lady.. tried the citra-sol.. did turn out quite the same ;) but your still an inspiration! :)

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sara said...

Awesome embroidery! You can do everything, girl!

Red Head said...

Love it! I'll have to check out those sites!

I have an embroidery machine, but am interested in starting some hand embroidery...

Rebecca said...

This is amazing! I've been doing some sublime stitching myself! I also lucked into some sweet vintage transfers. I hope they still transfer lol.