long story short me and my boyfriend went on a 2 week long adventure hitch hiking from san diego to portland, or over the course of two weeks. when we were in LA he got a "vend-a-saint" (as i like to call it) from one of those gumball machine/ 50cent (pun not intended) "hommies" dispensers. an our lady of guadalupe figurine rolled out and she became our patron saint for the trip.
this was my first embroidery project. it took me way longer than expected obviously (5 drawn out months). the fabric is a cheap lightweight canvas that i got because i thought it was kinda like the needlepoint fabric and it has that worn tapestry like look similar to the referenced miracle. i found a picture online, adapted the image (sketched it on paper) and traced it with carbon paper onto fabric. i ended up redrawing it with pen because carbon paper is chalk and not dye (no wonder why half of the image disappeared after a train ride, lol) so there was a little bit of warping. my technique was more "coloring book" than any sort of needle point. i hope the effort and time is recognized because the skill is seriously lacking. lol.
concept changes from original image
+messy, windswept hair
+"with my hands clenched in a fist, and my face in a smile after hitching too many miles" Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains lyric
+compass and map at the bottom instead of a cherub
+WWJPU stands for "who would Jesus pick up?" answer: EVERYBODY!
the compass is about the size of a nickel for size reference.also!
I HAVE A QUESTION!
i want to give this to him so he can sew it as a patch onto this sweet army green jacket he found out there. i was thinking of sewing this wide ribbon around the edge and folding it over to prevent fraying (though the black ribbon i have seems too dark). i am also worried about too much wear and tear.
any suggestions on how i can prevent fraying at the edges?
any suggestions on how i can help fend it from the elements? (my sister has this water-proofing spray that can go on uggs and fabric and stuff, any reviews of how it is on embroidery?)
i will post more photos later (how it looks on the jacket, original drawing etc.) but i wanted to get some advice before i continued.
and if my inexperience wasn't obvious enough, heres the back.