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carolynjane
« on: October 05, 2004 09:49:43 AM »

Hello Everyone,
I have been lurking here for over a month and finally got up enough nerve to post a picture of my latest embroidery project which was inspired by Jenny Hart -- my "embroidery idol". I happened across Jenny's web site over a year ago and was completely mesmerized by her embroidered portraits. I decided then to create one of my own based on a photo of my beloved twin sister Marilyn and myself when we were around 5 or 6. It measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Here it is:



I got to meet Jenny at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last month and it was such a thrill for me to get to "talk shop" with her. She is one amazing young woman and I can't believe I had the good fortune to finally meet her.

I have been embroidering since I was in high school (I turn 51 this month) and feel like I've found a whole new way to express myself with needle and floss since coming upon Jenny's portraits. (Do I sound like a groupie or what?)  Smiley

I hope you like the portrait.

Carolyn
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2004 09:53:19 AM »

Absolutely beautiful!  What will you do with the finished piece?
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2004 10:17:49 AM »

Your embroidery is so exquisitely GORGEOUS that I am just amazed.  I think you are incredibly talented and have a great eye for all the little extras that make your portrait perfect...down to the crayola boxes and starry background. Bee-yoo-ti-ful! 
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2004 10:45:14 AM »

Your work is amazing!

I'd love to do a portrait series for my grandmother, but I am a little intimidated.  I am in awe of your work.  And I agree, the little details are what really sets it apart!
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2004 11:08:22 AM »

my oh my oh my...that looks just beatiful.  Shocked how time comsuming that must have been!! i love it! you did a wonderful job
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2004 11:17:05 AM »

Wow, Carolyn, that is just amazing.  It's BEAUTIFUL.  I am in awe!

I first saw Jenny's portraits a long time ago, too, in ReadyMade, and was totally enthralled with them.  I wouldn't even know how to begin something like this.  I think of my embroidering as just fiddling around, but something like this is ART.  Did you draw the whole thing out first?  How did you do it?  It's gorgeous.  I love the scrollwork and dots and flowers at the bottom, and I love how there's 2 of everything.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2004 01:08:11 PM »

It's SPECTACULAR! I am in awe of your talent! It's really just wonderful and unique. I love Jenny's portraits, too! And I met her at last year's fair. Sadly, I didn't make it this year!

I would love to do something like that but it's FAR beyond my skill set! Perhaps you could give us some pointers on how you put it together?
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2004 01:12:38 PM »

i saw your work on jenny's site, it's gorgeous.
glad you came out of lurking, nice work.
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carolynjane
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2004 01:43:14 PM »

Absolutely beautiful!  What will you do with the finished piece?

Thank you so much! I am planning on making it a wall hanging by putting wooden dowels on the top and bottom and maybe adding some tassels too. Haven't quite settled on the best way to do it.

Carolyn
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2004 02:13:57 PM »

Wow, Carolyn, that is just amazing.  It's BEAUTIFUL.  I am in awe!

I first saw Jenny's portraits a long time ago, too, in ReadyMade, and was totally enthralled with them.  I wouldn't even know how to begin something like this.  I think of my embroidering as just fiddling around, but something like this is ART.  Did you draw the whole thing out first?  How did you do it?  It's gorgeous.  I love the scrollwork and dots and flowers at the bottom, and I love how there's 2 of everything.

Melinda

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful feedback. Big, big sigh... I can't draw worth a darn  (but I'm learning), so here's how I created the portrait:

I scanned a 5x7 inch photo of my sister and me. (the small picture of me to the left is half of the original photo)

I took the scanned photo and cropped it into two photos - one of me and one of my sis.

I took the two photos and inserted them in Word Documents and, keeping the proportions accurate, stretched the photos out to fill the entire 8x11 paper and printed out the now big pictures.

Then I took a fine-point black felt tip pen and drew over the basic shapes - face, hair, eyes, lips, nose - as best as I could on the pictures I printed out.

Next I used a light box (a window on a sunny day works too) and  traced my felt tip pen drawing onto the fabric. This was the hardest part because I wasn't sure what kind of pen/pencil to use on the fabric. I ended up using a quilters gray/sliver marking pencil but the lead kept breaking and it took a long time.

The rest of the images and "The Twins" were traced on the fabric using a fine-point blue wash-away marking pen. Note: the blue wash-away pens you buy at Wal-Mart are not fine-point and they leave a line that is too heavy (for me at least). I found a fine-point wash-away marking pen at a local fabric store.

I used 100% cotton unbleached muslin fabric and I DOUBLED the fabric so that all my knots and stray threads would not show through to the front. The next time, I may try using some tear-away backing as well. (Using double fabric did not present any problem when I started embroidering.)

And that's how I did it!  Smiley  It was a lot of fun!

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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2004 01:42:05 PM »

wow so gorgeous, I love it. I too have issues with transfer of the pattern to the fabric, but I just stole one of my husbands drafting pencils with the hard lead and it kept a super fine point and washed out, its a mechanical pencil and cost about 8 bucks but its awesome!
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2004 07:04:17 AM »

That's just so lovely!  I feel so inspired just looking at it.  Amazing work, Carolyn.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2004 10:25:06 AM »

omg this is beautiful. congratulations! ps how much should a light box cost?
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2004 12:45:37 PM »

Absolutely stunning.  You're an inspiration, along with Jenny--I can only dream of my needlework turning out so beautifully!  (i think i'd better get serious about mastering that stupid stem stitch, I seem to be addicted to the split stitch for comfort's sake.) 
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2004 04:01:10 PM »

lol, reading the title I was like "The Twins? Like...from the Matrix?"
Very cute stuff!
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2004 04:18:12 PM »

I'm so glad you posted this! The picture I took at the fair doesn't do it justice. When I get back to Austin, I'll put this one on the site.

It's just gorgeous. Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2004 11:52:29 AM »

omg this is beautiful. congratulations! ps how much should a light box cost?

Thank you for your comments.

Re: light boxes: do a search on Google for "craft light box". Prices vary greatly -- around $30.00 to $100.00.
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2004 01:28:03 AM »

Just awesome!!! it is beautiful and the amount of work you put into it is inspiring! Please keep posting so we can see what other amazing things your up to Grin
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2004 03:47:06 AM »

What beautiful Folk Art. I could see that being a treasure on Antiques Roadshow in some distant future! (haha I just revealed my extreme dorkiness)
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2004 11:59:04 AM »

What beautiful Folk Art. I could see that being a treasure on Antiques Roadshow in some distant future! (haha I just revealed my extreme dorkiness)

Gosh, thank you so much! It's not dorky at all. It seems that really old handmade items (quilts, embroidered samplers, etc.) that are SIGNED and DATED and have some kind of documentation with them (provenance is what I think they call it) are worth a lot of money. So all you crafters out there, remember to sign and date your work! Don't leave your great great grandchildren guessing who stitched that beautiful item and the year it was created.

Carolyn
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2004 04:44:36 PM »

I am sure, you hated those questions....  Grin  Your idea is greate! And the portrait looks exactly like the original. You, girls, were cute.
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2004 09:09:44 PM »

Carolyn... can I ask how long it took you to finish it?  I really want to do a big portrait of Frida Kahlo, but I've been putting it off because it seems so overwhelming!  I'm afraid it will take me almost as long to draw the portrait as it will to embroider it!  I want to try though... I will probably start it over my winter break from school...  your tips were very helpful!   Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2004 11:28:33 AM »

Carolyn! I wanted to chime in and say, you did such a fantastic job. I'm inspired!
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« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2004 03:22:45 PM »

Carolyn... can I ask how long it took you to finish it?  I really want to do a big portrait of Frida Kahlo, but I've been putting it off because it seems so overwhelming!  I'm afraid it will take me almost as long to draw the portrait as it will to embroider it!  I want to try though... I will probably start it over my winter break from school...  your tips were very helpful!   Smiley

The actual stitching took maybe 1-2 months working mostly on weekends when I had time and in the evenings after work. I was also working on a set of embroidered kitchen towels at the same time so it's hard to say how many hours I actually spent stitching away. I did the eyes and then ripped the stitches out several times because I was not happy with the way they looked. One thing that slowed me down was trying to decide how to finish or fill in the background after I had completed the portraits, small images and text. Next time, I plan to decide that before I start stitching -- although, who knows, maybe the portrait itself when it's done sort of helps guide you as to how to fill in the background.

I look forward to seeing your project when it's completed!
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2005 05:37:30 PM »

So fabulous.It made me smile.
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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2005 11:31:10 AM »


I used 100% cotton unbleached muslin fabric and I DOUBLED the fabric so that all my knots and stray threads would not show through to the front. The next time, I may try using some tear-away backing as well. (Using double fabric did not present any problem when I started embroidering.)


I'm sorry to add to the questions....BUT Smiley How did you double the fabric? Did you stitch the sides to make sure they stayed together? Also - what size fabric did you use?

I'm hoping to use your answers to stitch a portrait of my Mom. Your work is so pretty!

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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2005 11:43:25 AM »

Wow. That is sooooooo beautiful. I agree with abinka there *not that i watch antiques roadshow or anything  Undecided *. I can imagine them saying "yes, this is a beautiful 2004 piece, hanstitched *prattles on*..."
Awesome.
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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2005 01:24:39 PM »


I'm sorry to add to the questions....BUT Smiley How did you double the fabric? Did you stitch the sides to make sure they stayed together? Also - what size fabric did you use?

I'm hoping to use your answers to stitch a portrait of my Mom. Your work is so pretty!

Lisa

Sorry to be so late in responding. I was traveling out of town on business all of last week.

Thanks for your kind words. I studied Jenny Hart's embroidered portraits over and over and over to see how she created her sublime portraits.

I doubled the muslin fabric by just folding it over. But before folding it over, I used my sewing machine to fold over and stitch maybe a half inch hem all the way around. I did this to prevent the edges from fraying as I stitched. The finished size is 18" X 18" so I think the unfinished, hemmed edges probably make it 20 x 20. Sooo, you could fold over a 40 x 20 inch piece of fabric OR just cut out two 20 x 20 inch pieces of fabric. It's better to have extra fabric to cut off after you are finished than to discover that you do not have enough when you're done!

I did not sew or secure the folder over fabric together. I just put it in the hoop and started stitching. The hoop will hold the pieces together securely until your stitching takes over.

Hope the above instructions make sense.  Smiley If not, let me know if you have any further questions.

Again, thanks for your feedback.
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« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2005 05:43:59 PM »

fantastic! so much detail!
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« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2005 05:37:33 AM »

That is so beautiful! How are you planning on displaying it?
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« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2005 02:08:48 PM »

(I didn't realize Jenny had moved "The Twins" over to her Sublime Stitching board. The portrait was inspired by Jenny's portraits and it does contain her birds -- from her Tatoo Your Tea Towels pattern. She is SO incredible!)

Can you believe I finished embroidering this last fall and have not yet put up for display? (Yikes!)

The plan is to put it on a dowel and add some kind of cord and tassels. One of these days...

Right now it's neatly folded away in one of my dresser drawers. Along with some vintage embroidery made by beloved aunts who have passed on. Sigh...

Thanks for the kind feedback.

Carolyn
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« Reply #31 on: June 04, 2005 05:26:43 PM »

Your portrait is simply stunning! You are amazing....
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« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2005 06:01:08 PM »

Just popping in to say that I also think this is beautiful. I love the colors.
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« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2008 04:44:25 PM »

Wow, wow, wow, wow. I am in complete and total awe. I stumbled across your post (three + years later!) while I was looking for tips on embroidered portraits. I'm hoping to do one of my daughter for my mother for her birthday. Your work is just stunning, and you were so kind to include so many tips and instructions. Thank you for the inspiration and instruction! Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: March 31, 2008 05:58:19 PM »

I'm so glad you found this because I missed it too.  I am dumbfounded, awestruck, and totally jealous!  It's stunning!

I really appreciated that Carolyn posted her directions.  I have been trying to figure out the portrait thing for a long time.  I want to make a family portrait.
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« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2008 06:00:05 PM »

This is truly stunning!  You are an amazing stitcher.  I'm really even more blown away by how open you are to this new wave of embroidery style that Jenny has ignited.. It seems that most people who have been embroidering for as long as you have are set in their ways too much to try.  I'm sure Jenny is extremely proud of your work and to have inspired you. 

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« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2008 07:32:43 AM »

I am really glad to see this thread is still kicking around! I was so thrilled when you brought this to show me. I'd love to see more of your work!

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