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An embroidered family portrait! Here's how I did it!
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I've always loved this drawing of Jared and me! Isn't it adorable? Jared's brother Matt drew it on a journal that was a gift way back in 2006 (when my hair was really long). After I started cross stitching, it occurred to me that the simple lines of the drawing would be perfect for an embroidery pattern. So I took a picture, edited it so it would be bigger and black and white, then printed it out.
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Next, I taped it to a window, after drawing the rest of Jared's head...
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and taped fabric on top (I used an old white t-shirt that I cut up and then ironed)...
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so I could trace it! I used pencil at first, but couldn't see the lines when I finished. So I traced it again with permanent marker. I figured if I messed up, I'd just cut up another old shirt!
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Then, I stretched it over an embroidery hoop...
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and went to town! If I had the energy to do it all again I would make a few changes. For instance, I would have used a darker brown for our hair, but I didn't have a more appropriate color floss. I would have gone to buy some but I was in a stitching trance that could not be interrupted. Also, I think the stitches on my glasses are a bit off and it makes me look angry! Oh well, lessons learned.

So what do you think? Isn't it too cool how you can take any image that inspires you and transform it into an embroidery pattern?
 


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07/30/2011 05:50

This is so badass. I remember this drawing and I loved how serious we made you!!! Jared is looking at you being so serious. Lol. Love the colors too. I think that the hair is wonderful.

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07/30/2011 13:46

This is just about the best thing ever.

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07/30/2011 21:57

AMAZING! This is the best idea ever, and beautifully executed.

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Grace
08/03/2011 19:12

Awesome!!

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08/05/2011 09:24

This is amazing. I want one of my husband and I
I need to find the drawings my daughter made of her daddy and I the fireman and the nurse and see if I can duplicate it the way you did...
probably not. Yours is so wonderful

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08/05/2011 12:47

This is so cool! I love how fun it turned out

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08/09/2011 00:22

Wow! Thanks so much for all your kind comments! Kathy B, you should totally give it a shot! It's a lot easier than it looks. I'm sure you'll love how it turns out!

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