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Topic: Looking for advice for my first project- a FLASH TATTOO  (Read 747 times)
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« on: January 28, 2013 05:51:05 PM »

Hey all,
I want to make this for my boyfriend for valentines day because he wanted to get something like this tattooed. I told him he should get something less menacing and he got a nice gypsy so I thought I would surprise him with an embroidered hoop. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvwz1exyow1qa70eyo1_500.jpg

Problem is, I haven't done much stitching. I have done cross stitching but not a whole embroidered project like this would be.

Could someone please offer me some advice on how to blend colours, stitches to use in different locations and the order I should do things. I know it will take a long time for a newbie but I have a lot of patience doing crafts. I've looked at some stitches but i don't know where each belongs. For example, a satin stitch would be nice but how would I work with the lettering? Also not sure it would fit the theme to be over the entire picture.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013 06:41:12 AM »

I would probably do tinting (with crayons or pencils or even watercolors) to blend the colors and then do a solid color to the stitching. If you want to do a fill stitch (having everything filled in instead of just lines) then I would suggest maybe picking a few colors close to eachother and then when you are ready to transition colors, take one strand of one color and two strands of the other, do a row or two then switch colors.

Hope that helps and makes sense. The other thing you could do it print that design on cloth (they have printer paper cloth) and then stitch in the lines. The colors are already blended and you are just stitching the line art.

« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013 03:28:06 PM »

I think kittykill's suggestion about tinting the fabric or printing the design is brilliant. But if you really want to stitch it all (and you're up for a challenge) you can look into long and short stitch - there's a great set of lessons on the technique here: http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/08/long-and-short-stitch-lessons-index.html.

For the outlines and lettering, I would use stem stitch, and long straight stitches for the lattice.
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