I am taking a class on Domestika on embroidering on photographs. I have thought for years of printing photographs on fabric and then embroidering details. I never thought about embroidering on the actual photograph until I found this class.
So, here I go. I didn’t have shades of orange in my ribbon stash, but I did have yellows and 2 shades of orange Sharpies!
I learned several things:
1. Premium photo paper is tough. Even with pre-punching holes for my stitches, it’s very much like hand sewing leather. (Flashbacks to sewing ribbons on my daughter’s ballet shoes.)
2. This is an inkjet copy. The ink rubs off on your hands AND your ribbon.
3. This technique requires a lot of photo handling. A big border is essential. So is a white cotton glove on your non-dominant hand. It prevents fingerprints. (Due to #2, the glove doesn’t stay white.)
How I love it! They have a new little “pinning” gadget, tonight. I like it. Here’s something I pinned:
No, excuse me, I love the new gidget. When you choose a pin, you are presented with a text box that includes a flashing cursor, and a scroll list with the 3 boards you used last, followed by a list of the rest of your boards. The good part is you can start typing the name of the board you choose and it pops up, without having to scroll through the whole list! This is something I had suggested to them in a post a long time ago. They tried something similar for a while and then took it away. I assumed people didn’t like it. Either that, or you could pin so fast it crashed their server! I’m so glad it’s back! I love Pinterest, but do not enjoy scrolling through all 79 of my boards when I choose something to pin! Hurray!
I discovered Urban Threads, a site that offers designs for machine or hand embroidery, along with digital stock art. Their prices are more than reasonable. The one pictured on the left is currently a FREEBIE! Here’s the link: http://www.urbanthreads.com/.
I love hand embroidery (except for satin stitch–aaargh!) However, I have purchased a used embroidery machine. It’s being dropped off tomorrow. I don’t have much invested in it, and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, it’s just to play with.