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Topic: NEW PORTRAIT-- 'Lil Brudder! -- updated with how-to advice  (Read 4687 times)
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« on: May 06, 2009 10:28:31 AM »

Here's the last of my three siblings--my brother.  He's 17 now.

I loooove the way his eyes came out.  I feel like his hair looks a little too much like broccoli--any suggestions?  Or should I leave it as it is?

And here he is, up with my sisters: Laura (21) and Mary Ellen (31)

But yeah--criticism, comments or advice re: broccoli hair are welcome! 

UPDATE: How to:

Thank you so much, everyone, for your comments--I really appreciate them!  I wouldn't know how to go about doing a tutorial, but I'll try to go through what I do step by step:

you need:  thread, embroidery hoop, fabric (any kind will do--I cut up pillow cases from the dollar store!), carbon transfer paper (which you may not need), pen, photograph and computer

1.  I take a photo I like and fiddle with colours and tones on a basic photo program--I usually heighten the contrast and play with the colour after
2.  Print out your picture (all mine are 8.5x11)
3.  Tape your fabric onto a smooth surface, then tape down the carbon paper for transferring, and then over THAT you tape your picture
4.  Using a pen, outline the picture (use your discretion re: how much detail you want)
5.  Or, you can put the picture up on a window, and tape your fabric on top--tracing your picture onto the fabric directly (will save you 10 dollars on carbon paper)
6.  Once you have your picture, start embroidering!  I *always* start with the eyes--no specific stitch type--just go with the flow.  I tend to use satin stitch, back stitch, split stitch, running stitch, and brick stitch for the larger areas.  Sometimes I consult the original picture for colour gradations, but I feel free to mix things up

I hope that helps--have fun!  and thank you again for the comments!
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 10:34:28 AM »

We had an image of reference for your sister, but I bet your brother is a hot guy. I like it the way it is...I tend to feel when (at least when I do it) we retouch or "fix" sometimes we ruin it. I agree his eyes came out really well!

I wish I could do this...what a lovely gift it would be for my mom to do all her grandkids which 3 of the 4 grandkids  I OWN...lol:P

« Last Edit: May 06, 2009 10:35:46 AM by totallyradmom0f3 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009 10:38:10 AM »

I was thinking...can you maybe do a small tute for this?

It might take me all year to get through it...lol but I would really love to attempt this for xmas for mom.

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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009 10:42:58 AM »

BEAUTIFUL work!!!  I don't think it looks like broccoli at all!!  I love it the way it is, I wouldn't touch it, totallyrandommomof3 is right, sometimes when we go back to stuff we tend to over work it.  I love this..Excellent work on all three!!  this rocks. Wink

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009 11:33:12 AM »

I dont't think it looks lke broccoli either.  They all look fantastic!!!

« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009 12:25:58 PM »

I have to admit, his hair looks like broccoli.  HOWEVER.  When placed next to the other portraits, it looks so amazing i don't even have words for it.  Other than "amazing".  But I wouldn't change a thing, really.  The bright colors complement each other so well, I have no criticism to give. Grin

Great job!  I would never have the patience to sit through all that needle work for my brother.

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009 12:45:15 PM »

Oh wow!  These are all fantastic - these three portraits are my all time favorite needlework projects on craftster - fantastic work, well done!

On your brothers green shaded (left) cheek.  Is that satin stitch?  I love the shading too, it really works well as an addition to the outline.

As for the broccoli ... lol, nope - the hair looks great.
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009 01:48:30 PM »

Fantastic, so very wonderful!! This is my favourite of the three portraits- his eyes, the shading... everything's just great. Don't change a thing!! I didn't see broccoli until you pointed it out Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009 04:38:29 PM »

definitely brussels sprouts, not broccolis.  but anyway, i think only if you would just add some more strips in there, it would help.

i hope you know already that these are amazing embroideries, but i will say it anyway, because they are.

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2009 05:45:27 PM »

This is so awesome on every level.

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