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« on: August 08, 2013 07:33:20 PM »

I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in housewares since it's a pillow, but the bulk of the work was the embroidery, so I decided this would be its home. 

I've officially finished my first Christmas present for this year!  This will be going to my boyfriend.  He's a big video game fan and Dr. Mario is one of his favorite video game characters.  I made the pillow itself to look like a pill.  I'm really happy with how good it looks.


I used crayon tinting for the clipboard, shoes, the round part of his head...thingy, and his skin.

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I'm super pleased with how the hair turned out.  (And the threads in the back aren't as noticeable in person).


The back is just plain, but shows off how it looks like a pill.   

I can't wait until Christmas so I can give it to him. I think he's really going to love it, and I think it'll be a surprise getting something video game themed from me, since I'm not really into that world.  Since I can't get his reaction for a few more months, I'd love to hear what other people think!
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013 09:24:06 PM »

I just love it!  He looks fantastic, you did a marvelous job.  I am sure your boyfriend will love it too.  I especially like how you thought to do the pillow as a pill shape.

Could you talk a little bit about how you did the crayon tinting?  Since I'm new to Craftster, I haven't heard of/seen this before.
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    « Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013 09:13:03 AM »

    love!  one of my favorite time-sucking games!
    your stitches look great and i love that you made it look like a pill!
    nice work!  Cheesy
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    « Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013 09:14:47 AM »

    Thanks guys!

    vincentvanbuck for the crayon tinting: after you get your image transferred to the fabric and before you start stitching, color in the spaces you want with crayon, then use your iron on the lowest setting, put a piece of paper over the work and iron over it for a minute or two.  The heat melts the wax and the paper absorbs any excess.  You can do the coloring after stitching (which I had to do on the face because somehow I completely forgot to color it in until after I'd started the embroidery) but it's harder to work around the stitches, and also harder to iron it.
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    « Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013 06:05:12 AM »

    That is great!
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    « Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013 09:35:46 AM »

    Thanks!

    I had to share it somewhere because previously I'd keep telling him I was working on his present and it was turning out so good and he'd call me a tease.   Cheesy
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    « Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013 08:50:48 PM »

    Thanks Puppy_girl!  One more (VERY newbie) question -- how do you get the image transferred to the fabric?  I feel like there are a lot of different techniques for this out there, and I am trying to get them sorted out in my head   Huh
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      « Reply #7 on: August 12, 2013 09:12:46 AM »

      Thanks Puppy_girl!  One more (VERY newbie) question -- how do you get the image transferred to the fabric?  I feel like there are a lot of different techniques for this out there, and I am trying to get them sorted out in my head   Huh

      There are a lot of different ways.  For this project, since it was going onto white fabric, first I traced the original image on tracing paper using a dark pencil (a 6B I believe), then flipped the paper over onto the fabric and went over the lines with a regular pencil.  That transferred the graphite onto the fabric.  Then I just went over the lines on the fabric again lightly with a pencil to make them slightly more visible.  I'm sure there are easier/better ways to do it, but that was what worked best for me with what I had on hand. 
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      « Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013 06:11:47 AM »

      Great idea and great execution! Love it!
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      « Reply #9 on: September 22, 2013 07:09:01 PM »

      thanks!   Grin
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