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1  Re: Taking pictures. in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by contadine on: May 13, 2008 09:27:11 AM
Here's what I do - works any time of the day or night.  I put a large book - up on it's end - or box on my craft table, and drape it with a big piece of white fabric (thick or folded so nothing shows through). 

I lay the piece on the fabric, or prop it up against the book if it can stand.  Then I pull my desk lamp over in front of the piece and point it right on the embroidery. 

 set my camera to the incandescent setting (the little lightbulb), with the macro on (the little flower), and no flash.  I take my pictures from just below the lamp, making sure not to get the lamp in the shot :-)

Take the pictures from a little further back than you'd want the final picture, at the highest resolution on your camera - it focuses a little better - and then crop the photo in closer.

I also use photoshop or a similar program to lighten it up if needed

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2  Re: Tinting with crayons in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by contadine on: May 13, 2008 09:18:43 AM
I've done a bit of this.  Use regular crayons, not fabric ones. 

Iron as hot and long as your fabric can take (I'd use 100% cotton). No matter how much you iron, it never seems to set the color 100%, so I iron, let it cool, and then scrub it with a washcloth under warm water.  I dry it with the iron, and then re-color any areas that washed out, or add another layer of color in areas I want more depth.  I repeat that process anywhere from 3-10 times depending on the effect I'm going for.

You could stitch first, but that causes a few problems -  You can't get right up tight to the stitching without getting some wax on the threads.  Once you iron, that wax melts a little and makes your stitching look funny.  If you scrub the piece heavily between ironing, you'll rough the threads up too much, and they'll look very fuzzy.

When you iron, place a piece of copier paper on your ironing board, and then the colored fabric face down on it, and iron from the backside, or you'll get melted wax everywhere!
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