Saturday, October 9, 2010

Guest Post: Becky (Strumpet's Crumpets) - Embroidered Book Illustration Tutorial

Hello Gang! I'm Becky from Strumpet's Crumpets! I was very stoked to help blog during Carol's move into her awesome new home!

So here goes, what's your favorite book? I have a list of favorites, but one that is most important - Hope for the Flowers! If you've ever read it you know it's amazing! The book has a very special place in my fellow and my life! So I thought why not embroider the illustration on the cover. It's hanging in our bedroom, so everyday we are reminded of that sweet story!

To begin I photocopied the cover, so I wouldn't mess up the actual book, then I got these supplies together:

1.hoop (paint if you paint your hoops - I always do)
2.fabric (paint again if you paint part of your fabric, I did)
3. embroidery thread
4. carbon paper
5. pencil

1. Take fabric and tape it down to a hard surface.
2. Take the carbon paper and tape it carbon side down on the fabric. Then tape your photocopied book cover on top of that! 3 layers; fabric on the bottom, carbon paper, top is the paper! You must tape because you don't want the layers to shift or it will be wrecked!
3. Grab a pencil and trace the illustration you want. Use a colored pencil so you see what you've traced.

4. Take the tape off each layer and put your fabric in the hoop (you can paint wooden hoops if you'd like, of course let them dry before placing the fabric in the hoop).

5. Start embroidering! :)
6. I use my hoop as a frame, so I hot glue the extra fabric to the back of the hoop!
7. Hang it up and enjoy!!

And tada!
So what's your favorite story or book? This is great for kid's rooms too! Dr. Seuss, fairy tales, fables, etc. I'd love to see your embroidered book illustrations! Stop by my blog and send me a link to your embroidery photos! I hope you all have an awesome day and lets all wish Carol and Seth happy moving and unpacking! :)


Becky Farley said...

:) happy unpacking Carol and gang! Hopefully everything is going smoothly!
Thanks again for having me on your blog :)

Faith said...

This is SO ADORABLE!!!! :) Love this idea. I haven't done any embroidery since I was a little girl.

Holly Knitlightly said...

Aw, this is so cute! I love it Becky! :)

Good luck with unpacking!

Merry Makes.. said...

This is totally charming! I quite fancy having a go at embroidery but am finding it difficult to get started. My fear is that I'll never get round to finishing it as I can be a little impatient at times. Any tips? Thanks.

~kjirsten~ said...

Love this post!! I love this book too! My hubby bought it for me a few years ago. Love the idea to embroider it!