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BadBird
« on: August 19, 2005 03:05:13 PM »

Here is my new dog embroidery!  
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2005 03:15:19 PM »

This is AWESOME!
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2005 04:13:22 PM »

that is so awesome!!  i love how you shaded his face with that kind of stipple technique and that awesome expression Cheesy  great work !
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2005 06:51:12 PM »

haaa i love it. just amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2005 06:53:05 PM »

amazing
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2005 09:43:28 PM »

I am totally in love with this piece!  What sort of pattern do you use, and how do you transfer it?  Do you do it free hand?!?!?!  I'm totally jealous of your crazy embroidery skills!
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2005 11:14:26 PM »

Hey!  You are very kind. 
I first do a drawing in my sketch book.  Because in most cases I don't want the mirror image of my drawing I then trace my sketch onto tracing paper and that is my pattern.  Since I can now see through the pattern, I can trace the image on the back side of the pattern  using a iron-on pencil. This way the image is facing the right direction.   Iron-on pencils usually come in red and can be found at any fabric store.  I tape the paper (pattern) to my fabric and iron the image on the fabric.  The pattern can be used more than once. 

The stitches I use the most are the stem stitch, seed, satin, and French knot.

Hope this was helpful!
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2005 12:34:07 AM »

Is this your dog? I love this! I can't describe how cool it is. Smiley
I'd pay you (give one of my toes, clean your house,...) to make me some of these of my pugs! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2005 09:37:40 AM »

No, this is not my dog.  She belongs to a friend.  Very much a character!
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2005 09:49:37 AM »

Awesome job  Grin I'm kinda speechless.
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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2005 11:44:57 AM »

absolutely fantastic, your stitching is flawless!
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2005 11:39:06 PM »

YOU ARE AMAZING! 
Someday I wanna stitch just like you.... sigh.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2005 03:19:10 AM »

Oh my god, that's incredible.  XD  I don't usually go for the dog + attitude thing, but that's just frikkin' awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2005 03:54:42 AM »

Keep 'em coming Badbird, we love seeing your work!
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2005 03:59:02 AM »

Brilliant!! I love it - its so cool  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2005 07:28:27 AM »

cool!!!
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2005 08:03:59 AM »

wonderful! as always!
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2005 04:12:33 PM »

that is amazing! i'm so jealous of your straight stitches!
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2005 07:17:28 PM »

That is really amazing.  Such a cute expression, you've captured it just as good as a camera would have.

I wish I had your talent, would've been a great way to remember my doggie. 
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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2005 05:36:42 AM »

*Drools*..I can't believe how good you are at that.  I had the idea to make an embroidered portrait of my mom's pug for X-mas.   Now I'm really inspired enough to try--even though I know it won't come out as good as that!
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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2005 08:10:43 AM »

Here is a tip.  Get a good basic line image first, then use the seed stitch to do the form and shading.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2005 12:55:03 PM »

Oh, wow! You are so talented! I can't believe I didn't see this one earlier. It's amazing.
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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2005 10:56:27 AM »

This turned out awesome. My sister gave it to me as a present. It looks just like her. Below is a picture of her next to it. You've really captured her attitude. She's a girl with a lot of spunk.



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BadBird
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2005 12:30:44 PM »

OH my gosh. I'm so glad you liked it!  Your sister sent a bunch a cool photo's, but we both liked that image best.  It had everything, personality, and movement.  I like seeing the photo of the embroidery and Molly together.  It really does look like her!


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« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2005 12:42:57 PM »

Your work is so amazing!  I know I say that every time, but I can never get over it!
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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2005 01:05:42 PM »

HOLY MOLY! That unbelievable!

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« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2005 02:30:14 PM »

Here is a tip.  Get a good basic line image first, then use the seed stitch to do the form and shading.

I just tried this on a piece I'm working on now, and it gave it a lot of extra dimension.  Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2005 05:52:30 PM »

Well, you know when it comes to filling in a images in embroidery you usuall only see outline only or Satin.  Satin stitching in a whole image can sometimes look clunky. 
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« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2005 01:12:55 PM »

Wow! that is way cool - great job as always  Cheesy

Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2005 08:05:01 PM »

where did you learn all of those stitches? Can you suggest some books and or resources to learn? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2005 11:29:29 PM »

All the stitches I use are pretty basic.  All of the outlines are done in the stem stitch.  The small stitches that make up the shading and color inside the outlines is a seed stitch.  The full fills of color like in the flames and halo are a satin stitch. 

Here are some tips.  When using the stem stitch to outline a image I usually use only 2 or even 1 thread.  If I use 3 or more threads the outline loses some of the detail.

When using the seed stitch make sure the stitches are the right size to give the best effect.  My stitches are on the small side.

The satin stitches come with practice.  Mine are a bit illregular but it doesn't look bad.

My embroidery style looks a lot like my drawing style.  If you draw or have a favorite artist that does drawings you might try to imitate their lines.

There aren't many books that handle anything but traditional embroidery.  For basic stitches you can get a embroidery guide book. There are also many sites that list stitches.
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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2005 08:02:34 AM »

:)Thanks for the advice. I'm attempting a portrait of Betty Davis for an illustration class. I have done a lot of embroidery, but not this involved.
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« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2005 04:59:47 PM »

that is so awsome how did you do it?Huh
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« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2005 06:43:46 PM »

The most imporant thing is a good outline drawing.  The shading can be done alittle at a time until it looked good.  I used the stem, seed and satin stitches.  All very basic stitches.
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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2005 08:11:28 PM »

That is amazing!!!! Once again I am blown away by your work!
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« Reply #35 on: October 14, 2005 10:56:03 PM »

This is so awesome!! Great job.
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« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2005 06:43:24 PM »

Thanks everyone!!!!!
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« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2006 06:34:26 PM »

Badbird, I am hoping you have a blog or a website somewhere where we can see more of your work! I have never seen so much darn personality in an embroidery.  What a gift you have!
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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2006 08:01:12 AM »

Omigosh!
This is exactly what I have been wanting to do with a portrait of my dog, Chico-who, coincidentally bears a huge resemblance to Molly. Here is a picture of him and my other dog:



I want to embroider both their portraits and make throw pillows out of the finished product. I traced the outline yesterday with my transfer pen, but I am SO happy I found this post before I started stitching!
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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2006 09:32:04 AM »

Oh man, now I'm all kinds of inspired to do a portrait of my new(ish) puppy!
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