Monday, June 30, 2014

La Catrina for charity

My amazing older sistar, Emily Dolton, does fabulous murals & room make overs for kids with special needs in the San Diego, CA area through an organization called Cecily's Closet. They are currently working on a charity auction called “Style in Motion” to benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Clinic and DS Action on June 28, 2014. My mom & I decided to help out.

Calling all artists/ artisans

I believe they are still looking for artists & artisans to help out. If you are still interested check out the post on the Cecily's Closet  Facebook page.

Me as La Catrina

La Catrina is the beautifully dressed skeleton symbol of El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). My sistar thought she would be a good subject for me to embroider. Since I do portraits, I decided to use one of my own self portraits as a basis for the skull. I then added some of the typical elements, the spider web forehead, the flowers for eye sockets, the skeleton mouth...

Transferring the pattern onto the jeans

Because the aqua jeans were so thick, I had to score the pattern in order to transfer the pattern onto the pants. This process was a bit time consuming, but worth it in the end.

La Catrina pattern transferred on to the jeans

Final embroidered portrait of La Catrina

The jeans are a size 18W skinny jean by Lane Bryant in aqua. The embroidery is outline stitch in black cotton floss (DMC #310). The fundraiser is set for June 24, 2014.

Modeling the finished product

This is an original pattern. Please do not use without permission. Thank you.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Alice!

My SIL & brother's first grandchild (well, only) turned 1 this week. They came up from New Orleans to celebrate that along with Father's Day, & my dad's 68th birthday.

I decided to embroider an adorable picture of Alice that her mother posted on Facebook. I copied the photo in black & white & then traced right on the copy. I did a mirror image & photocopied it at 150% to make the pattern larger.

Picture of Alice & the pattern I made

Let the embroidery begin
I decided to use purple  because it is one of my SIL's favorite colors! Below you can see the embroidered portrait compared to the original pic.

Picture vs. embroidered portrait
My mom made the embroidered portrait into a 11"x12"  pillow sham! I love it & so does my SIL.

Embroidered portrait of Alice Eating a Lollipop, 10 months

Happy Stitching!