I was looking to try a new medium while creating a pet portrait. Well, I was looking through Pinterest, which is my favorite ever changing magazine and I came across a picture of a rooster done in ripped paper…..WOW it was beautiful. So like most artsy fartsy people, I thought I could do that and started making a plan.
I gathered a lot of discarded magazines and found an old piece of paneling, that we had just removed from the walls in our bathroom remodel. I decided to use glue sticks to adhere. Not sure that would work but I wanted to have something that was super easy to use and I figured it wouldn’t bleed through the paper, as it was made for paper, right? I prepped the board by painting it with a light straw colored primer (because that is what we had on hand). Since this was my first try at this, my objective was to spend very little, so if it was not great I wouldn’t feel bad if it was discarded.
I ripped, cut and pasted… it was really relaxing and a wonderful creative experience . We still have a great deal to go, but I am super excited on how it is progressing and I wanted to share it with you. Of course when it is completed I will post and give you the low down on how I added the final touches…..
I thought I would spruce up my work scrubs with a little pocket pup. This is my girl Rose 🙂 I have a few more days work on this baby! I worked this project in one and two strands embroidery floss, it is worked over a poly blend fabric with a cotton stabilizer. Can’t wait till it is complete.
Georgie was created by making a pattern from a photo provided by the client, a good well lit photo, with both highlights and low lights works best for this process. Each pattern piece is cut out from a coordinating cotton fabric and then adhered to a colored background. The piece is adjusted over and over again to be sure the portrait correctly represents the subject. The finer details are added using acrylic paint and enhanced with thread painting. All pieces are then machine stitched into place. The final stages are to quilt the entire piece, back the portrait with cotton fabric, then bind it all together and add a hanging system.
Client’s comments; Turned out awesome! She absolutely loves it!!
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We first have to look at what you are doing with your sewing machine. If you are using your sewing machine on a daily basis for creating heirloom quality items or selling your wares for profit, then I would recommend purchasing the best quality sewing machine you can afford. Investigate the machine features to be sure that they match your sewing needs. If you are a quilter, then a machine featuring a long throat, to easily maneuver your fabric, would be a good choice. The more expensive machines offer more features and gadgets to make your life a bit easier, but you still have to do the work. So don’t spend your hard earned money on a machine just because it is fully loaded, if you only use two or three of the features, it is a waste of money.
There are different machines for different purposes, which are great, if you use them. There are machines for quilting in general, only quilting certain types of stitches (which was a new one for me), embroidery, general sewing, finishing, sergers, and many more.
Can you get away with a machine with just a few stitches? Absolutely! These machines would be useful for quick fixes and occasional usage, but not big projects. I will caution you in this, if you are planning on using your machine often, then go with a machine in the $250.00 to $350.00 range, with features that will make your sewing more enjoyable. These machines will get you through a lot, and are real work horses.
I pride myself at being frugal and price aware on most things I buy. I am the type of person that will go out of my way to purchase an item for the best price. But sometimes you can go too far and this is what I mean…..
One year I made a quilt for a co-worker that was of my own design, I was extremely proud of the creation. It was adorable. But due to my financial restraints at that time, I decided to purchase fabric that was at a great price, but not the quality I would normally have purchased. It was also a blend 🙁 . From the moment I started working with it, I knew I had made a terrible mistake. It cut poorly, it shrunk when I ironed it, and after cutting my quilt pieces it was all misshapen. I was horrified. I had to push through because I just spent my allotment on the fabric. So I completed my quilt and hoped that with extra stitching and quilting the piece would wear well. I was wrong! After laundering, the piece would never sit flat, pilled, and with the combination of good quality fabrics and poor quality fabrics, it was a mess.
So here is my tip: When choosing fabric to create a portrait, quilt or really any fabric project, spend the few extra dollars to get a good quality, 100% cotton fabric. A blend will shrink, misshapen during the ironing process and cut poorly. Quite frankly it is not worth the few dollars you saved buying it or the hours lost trying to fix the problems that arise. It will ruin your project. So go ahead and buy the good stuff. You will take pride in knowing the project will last for years, even with heavy use.
Choosing the right photograph can sometimes be difficult, as not all photographs will work well for this technique. The objective is to have your finished piece easily identified as the subject you are trying to portray. There are a few guidelines you should keep in mind, when deciding on the photograph to recreate.
First and foremost you should love the image you are looking at, as it will be in full view for many years to come, so try to choose an image that makes you smile or brings back pleasant memories.
Secondly, probably one of the most important steps is choosing a picture that is clear and in focus. During the editing process you will lose some detail, by having a clear and in focus picture to start with, you will still be able to hold onto the finer details needed to bring your picture to life.
Lastly is to choose a photograph that is well lit. The picture should not have too many shadows on the subject and you should clearly be able to see the subject, fully. The picture will be edited, and sometimes you can adjust the lighting and shading of the photo to fit your needs, but if you start off with a well lit picture, that is half the battle.
Following these three guidelines, you will be able to create a portrait that is very life like, which is the ultimate goal. Remember a poor photograph, makes a poor portrait.