An appreciable part
of our designs are in the photo stitch
technique, and our customers often ask us about it. We prepared several
lessons and invite you to browse through them.
|The photo-stitch technique is more
reminiscent of pencil or crayon
sketches, rather than embroidery. Multi-colored photo-stitch designs
an almost Impressionist effect, which is why this technique is often
when digitizing works of art. It uses very densely placed stitches,
overlaping each other. In this lesson we're going to try one- to
|The simplest designs are one-color
|Step One: Download the
design of a Girl.
For small hoop:
Size: 81.2 x 99.1 mm (3.22" x 3.89")
For large hoop:
Size: 108.2 x 123.9 mm (4.25" x 4.9")
|Step Two: Put the design
onto a card or floppy for your machine.
|Step Three: Photo stitch
is usually dense. That is why it's
very important to choose the fabric and stabilizer correctly. For our
we've chosen linen-like synthetic fabric, it's medium-weight,
fabric, and medium-weight iron-on tear-away stabilizer.
Iron the stabilizer onto the fabric.
|Step Four: Hoop the
fabric with the stabilizer, stretching them
across the hoop tightly. There should not be any folds or areas where
fabric has puckered.
|Step Five: We used
#75/11 needles, 40-weight rayon threads for
the needle and the 60-weight thread for the bobbin. For heavier fabrics
it's recommended to use # 80/12 - #90/14 needles.
Choose the thread for your work, according to the style that you want
for the end result. It might be black, to immitate a charcoal sketch,
any hue of brown to immitate sepia, or blue to immitate ink, or any
color that you like.
|Step Six: Embroider the
design. You should get the following
result: The first photo below shows the design with the jump stitches
the second one shows the design after the jump stitches were removed.
|We have a variety of one color designs on
our site, such as Notes
and Instruments Sets, Chinese
Dragons, and others. All these designs are simple
for a beginner. More experienced embroiderers also like these one-color
designs because they give a lot of creative possibilities. You can see
works of some of our customers in Works
of Our Customers Gallery.
Designs that have up to three colors are all
considered to be suitable
for embroiderers just starting in the photo-stitch tennique. Such
Hat Set, Red
and Black-and-White famous people portraits, for example, Jane
Austen , Ludwig
Sitting Bull, and many others, which you can find in the
|For Homework, we offer you to embroider a
portrait of Pope John Paul
II, which has 3 colors. The colors that we suggest in the color card
black, gray and white, which gives the effect of a black and white
If you like to experiment, you can try dark brown, light brown and
instead. We recommend to use white or cream fabric.
For small hoop:
Size: 70 x 99 mm (3.2" x 3.9")
For large hoop:
Size 115.5 x 175 mm (5" x 6")
|After embroidering the design, you should
get a result similar to the
one below or better.
Most 3-color portraits in our
people are done in the same way. Please also check out the Works
of our Customers section, where you will find interesting
photos which our customers have kindly sent us.
|To help us to improve this tutorial please
don't hesitate to ask questions.
|Our next lesson
more complicated multi colored designs.
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