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« on: April 27, 2004 02:32:09 PM »

Totally inspired by Jenny Hart from SublimeStitching.com I am making an embroidered portrait of Johnny Cash.  I'm not sure how I'm going to do the face, I'm afraid that all the lines will turn out chunky and wierd.  Oh well, its on a 25cent shirt from a garage sale so if I ruin it all is not lost.  

Any advice on the face?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2004 09:32:51 AM »

I know what you mean!  I was totally inspired by Jenny Hart to do a portrait of Prince. 

As for the face issues... I would make a pattern on paper and then transfer it.  That way you can make all your mistakes on that, instead of on the shirt.  Maybe you could xerox a picture of his face and trace it with a transfer pencil or transfer marker?  Or if you're handy with Illustrator, you could make a pattern that way.  That's what I did for the Prince portrait. 

If you're worried about the actual embroidery turning out chunky...Judging by Jenny's work, just use finer stitching for the face details, instead of split stitch or chain stitch.  I haven't finished mine yet, so I don't know if the face is going to be convincing or not.  The thing is, for a first embroidery portrait, it's a big accomplishment just to finish the thing, right?

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2004 12:09:04 PM »

I'm really into embroidery and been doing it fo years and years, my bit of advice is this, t-shirt aka knit fabrics difficult to embroider on because it stretches, that may be why it looks chunky or off, you need to stabilize it with some interfacing, go to walmart or any fabric store and ask them for some tear away stabilizer if they dont have that then lightweight interfacing works well. I also recommend that you baste the interfacing down rather then pinning it, you threads wont catch on the pins then, embroider thru both the fabric and the stabilizer, when your finished carefully tear the stabilizer away..if you used interfacing instead of the tear away, just carefully trim the excess away making sure you don't cut your stitches, oh and be sure to use a hoop, I use a plastic one and I cover the solid circle one with strips of fabric  from an old sheet, it helps hold it securely in the hoop.

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2004 11:56:12 AM »

Thanks for the advice!  I am embroidering a blouse, though, so I am not using interfacing.   the last (and only) time I tried embroidering on a t-shirt it turned out fine.  But from everyone elses horror stories, I think this must have just been beginners luck.
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2004 12:04:56 PM »

That's hilarious! I just last Friday printed out a picture of Johnny to embroider a portrait panel! twilight zone....
I'm going with the transfer pencil of photocopy idea. If I start it anytime soon, I'll let you know how it works out (I've got lots of projects going already, so I may finish them before I start.)...
I'll post pics if you will!

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