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« on: November 06, 2008 06:03:57 PM »

long story short me and my boyfriend went on a 2 week long adventure hitch hiking from san diego to portland, or over the course of two weeks. when we were in LA he got a "vend-a-saint" (as i like to call it) from one of those gumball machine/ 50cent (pun not intended) "hommies" dispensers. an our lady of guadalupe figurine rolled out and she became our patron saint for the trip.

this was my first embroidery project. it took me way longer than expected obviously (5 drawn out months). the fabric is a cheap lightweight canvas that i got because i thought it was kinda like the needlepoint fabric and it has that worn tapestry like look similar to the referenced miracle. i found a picture online, adapted the image (sketched it on paper) and traced it with carbon paper onto fabric. i ended up redrawing it with pen because carbon paper is chalk and not dye (no wonder why half of the image disappeared after a train ride, lol) so there was a little bit of warping. my technique was more "coloring book" than any sort of needle point. i hope the effort and time is recognized because the skill is seriously lacking. lol.

concept changes from original image
+messy, windswept hair
+"with my hands clenched in a fist, and my face in a smile after hitching too many miles" Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains lyric
+compass and map at the bottom instead of a cherub
+WWJPU stands for "who would Jesus pick up?" answer: EVERYBODY!

the compass is about the size of a nickel for size reference.
i want to give this to him so he can sew it as a patch onto this sweet army green jacket he found out there. i was thinking of sewing this wide ribbon around the edge and folding it over to prevent fraying (though the black ribbon i have seems too dark). i am also worried about too much wear and tear.

any suggestions on how i can prevent fraying at the edges?
any suggestions on how i can help fend it from the elements? (my sister has this water-proofing spray that can go on uggs and fabric and stuff, any reviews of how it is on embroidery?)

i will post more photos later (how it looks on the jacket, original drawing etc.) but i wanted to get some advice before i continued.
and if my inexperience wasn't obvious enough, heres the back.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008 06:24:11 PM »

This is awesome! I love all the little things about it. It's totally perfect! It looks really really great for your first! I think he ribbon idea would work pretty well, of not just a rolled hem.

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 06:26:38 PM »

i cannot believe this was your first project! you did an amazing job! i love the whole concept of her as well  Smiley i bet you guys had a great time on your trip
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008 06:34:03 PM »

I really like the orange and yellow areas in the background and how filled in everything is.  

I think your ribbon trim idea would work, I would just tell him to put it on an area of the jacket that won't get too much wear.

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008 06:40:03 PM »

Well, I'm impressed! My first attempt at embroidery was a couple weeks ago trying to put a smile on a sock monkey's face... it wasn't pretty. This, however, really is! Sorry, I'm no help on your questions, but it's a cool idea to put it on the jacket.

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2008 07:01:55 PM »

Wow!  Shocked  That is just beautiful! I love the colors and all the little details. Great job!  Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2008 07:03:52 PM »

pink- rolled hem? good idea! thanks! (i'm laura too!)

thanks for the praise and good wishes rachel! all this ego inflating is making me want to sew more on a tight schedule (perfect for the holidays) lol.

content- thanks for noticing those subtitles, the "rays" are gold floss. everyone who gave us a ride was great! we got food and mix cds and cheap travel over 1000 miles and were told more stories than i could ever remember. the most aggressive behavior came from people driving by and yelling cursing that we were dirty, poor, yadda yadda. i am in no way endorsing that hitch hiking is a sane behavior, but in general it's not as bad as it's cracked up to be viewed.

gren- i'm an all or nothing kinda girl. lol. i wish i had worked up to this, less blood and cursing, prob. but i had an idea and had to go for it. i've gained so so much respect for any sort of time consuming craft (needlework, knitting etc), even more than before.

thank you! thank you!
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2008 07:11:17 PM »

Made me laugh and think of "Buddy Christ" ... I love your reverse side, it's so artistic!  Honest Abe!

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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008 07:20:13 PM »

This is AWESOME!  I am jealous of  of your skills! 

As for waterproofing...I found this stuff called TX Direct and it is awesome!  You add some to your wash and it waterproofs your stuff.  I use it on my knit and furry bikinis.  It works great.  It says you have to reapply every 6-8 washes.  I am going to use it on my stuff for the rainy winters up here.  They sell it at my local sporting good store.  You might be able to buy it online if you can't find it where you live.  Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008 09:21:18 PM »

Great work!  Congratulations!  (a long project is so hard to finish!)

I've recently been affixing embroidery as appliques onto clothing. If you go to a craft store, you can buy this stuff (in the sewing section--I can't remember the brand name) which is paper with a shiny side of unmelted, thinly spread glue-like stuff.  You cut out your applique and cut some of this paper in the shape of your work.  Then, you place the work with the back-side facing the shiny (glue) side of the paper.  Then you use an iron (on "silk" setting) and iron the paper-side for a few seconds.  After it cools, you peel the paper back, and you'll be left with your fabric/applique with the glue on the back side.  THEN you put the glue-side down on whatever clothing you'll be affixing it to, and iron again for a few seconds.  The work will then be affixed to the clothing.

I think the glue should be able to hold the threads together, but if you're unsure (as I was--I wanted to be able to machine-wash my clothing), you can use a button-hole stitch around the edges of your work.  It looks quite nice and adds to the design, I think.  Wash on "delicate" in cold water and hang to dry.

TA DA!  Let us know if it works out!
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