For Christmas 2012, I decided to make an embroidered portrait using one of their engagement photographs as a basis. It came out great, if I do say so myself. Did I give it to my best friend? No, I did not. We have been friends for over 20 years (I can't believe I am old enough to say that!) & is very easy to buy for. I gave the portrait to her fiance!
I started out printing out the image in the size I wanted the finished portrait to be. Using a regular marker, I traced the image to come up with the pattern.
|Sandy and Kathleen's engagement picture|
I flipped the paper over & created a reverse image pattern & used that for the project.
|reverse image embroidery pattern|
I try to keep the back of my embroidery neat so that stray treads don't show through the white bamboo/cotton fabric. I used a DMC dark blue floss, because my best friend's favorite color is blue. I should ask her fiance what her favorite color is!
|back of the piece showing my stitches|
The completed portrait is simple and lovely. I placed it in a simple white frame so that the embroidery is the focus.
|finished embroidered portrait|