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Topic: My Very First Embroidery-An Apron! (Cooking Mama Now Added!)  (Read 4396 times)
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« on: May 06, 2010 09:53:05 PM »

My boyfriend has developed quite a fondness for cooking in the last few months, and so we got a lot of great kitchen stuff this past Christmas, including two utility aprons from his mom. They were pretty drab and were just staring at me, beautiful blank canvases on which to create. Having remembered a previous Craftster's own Cooking Mama apron, and also discovering that one of Cooking Mama's friends is actually a little Cooking Hubby, I decided the two characters would be perfect to embellish his and her aprons! But I had never embroidered before, so I read a couple of tutorials on back stitching and satin stitch and decided it didn't seem too hard! With a reference picture up on the computer, I freehanded Cooking Hubby with a pencil directly onto the apron, and then back stitched away with six (I think) strands of embroidery floss. Originally, I had planned to fill in all of the color with satin stitch, but after getting his hair filled in with two colors that just did not work well together at all, I was discouraged and intimidated by how much work that much stitching would be for a beginner. I had started this back in January and only just finished it today. I ripped out the satin stitching and went with crayon tinting instead, a much easier solution and now my boyfriend finally has his apron! Now I just need to do mine and we'll be set! Enough blab, pics!


Here's a close-up of my stitching right after I finished the outline.


Here's Cooking Hubby all colored in and fresh off the hoop! Still needs to be ironed!


My handsome sport of a boyfriend kindly models for me!

Comments and critiques welcome! I will post my Cooking Mama apron counterpart whenever it's complete!

ETA: Here's the outline for Mama!


And colors!
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010 08:46:15 PM by CraftyOctober » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010 05:50:56 AM »

Super adorable, can't wait to see the matching 'her' apron. The shading looks really nicely done : )
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010 10:38:21 AM »

i love it! great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010 11:00:29 AM »

Model and apron are both adorable. Well done!
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010 01:25:05 PM »

Wow this was your first attempt at embroidery?!  It's so neat and perfect!! I love it, and look forward to seeing the partner one Cheesy  Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010 08:10:50 PM »

That is great! You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010 06:01:39 AM »

What a great idea, and very well done! The matching apron will be awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2010 04:27:31 PM »

Adorable! I love Cooking Mama, and her Cooking Hubby!
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010 05:40:25 PM »

That's pretty adorable.  I hate to do satin stitch and I've been embroidering for over 25 years.  I recommend (if you want to learn fill stitches) backstitch or rice stitch.  However, the tinting you did looks great.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2010 07:22:58 PM »

Thank you everyone! I appreciate the comments and the suggestions!

I have added Mama now, for those who wanted to see it!
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