Thursday, December 20, 2012

the never ending embroidery project - part 1

first of all: I didn't finished the sweater yet.
however I will start to post the first steps of my work. if you want to know how you do this check out my entry about embroidery. I listed the things you will need and explain how it is done :)
but now enjoy the pictures


Thursday, December 13, 2012

how to cross stitch - translate the picture onto your fabric

this entry shall explain how I prepare images for cross stitch embroidery. for the basics check out this cross stitch entry.

first thing is to choose a image. I recommend an easy image with few different colours for beginners. the more colours, the trickier the image. for the sweater I started with some tetris-stones. to be able to explain a little bit more, I will go for this link sprite. 
enlarge the picture till you can see the pixel clearly. pick the tweezers-option in your image editor and select each colour and mark it. I took this picture with me to buy the correct yarn.
if you have a working printer (lucky you) print it out and mark everything onto your sheet. if your printer is broken like mine transfer the image onto squared paper. make out how wide and tall your reference is. this link has a height of 28 and a with of 20 pixel. it is helpful to know this to prepare your soluvlies pattern, you save time by not drawing useless dots.

you may also mark your soluvlies mesh pattern, it makes things easier. especially with complicated patterns 

 here you can see that I marked the soluvlies with some green fine liner. if you are working with a soluvlies mesh pattern make sure that the soluvlies piece is big enough to fit into your embroidery hoop. if you forget this you will have to redo the mesh (I forgot this twice T_T )

then start the embroidery :D

here see the progress of my jumping link

the reference and my helpsheet. make sure to trace ALL the outlines. don't forget anything. here you can see how I failed : I forgot the last line of links head.

start to stitch. start with the outlines. finish one colour then continue with the second and so on. if you finished one colour doublecheck your reference. make sure every cross is at the right place. it is very annoying to find mistakes later and mostly impossible to fix them easily
continue with all the other colours. and don't underestimate embroidery. it takes a lot of time. your progress depends on many circumstances: the kind of your fabric, personal skill and on how complicated your pattern is. 

to give you a grip of time: it took me about 3 hours to get to this point. and I only managed the outlines of the important colours. the whole link took me about 6 hours I think.

the finished link :D
he is jumping from the L-shaped tetris piece. I think this sprite comes out very well :3

thanks for reading and have a crafty day

Saturday, December 1, 2012

embroidery yarn shelf

this is no cosplay crafting entry.

since I started the embroidery thing. all the yarns are half used and its always a big mess. I am a messy person but I love well organized places. therefore I decided to make a depository for all my embroidery yarn.

I simply took a long piece a foam board, which was a leftover from an other crafting thing. foam board is a very thin plate of styropor sealed with paper on each surface. it is often used for signboards and presentation posters, because it is stable like thick cardboad but much lighter. 
the size of my piece is about 60x8 cm.

I first marked little triangles onto the foam board then cut them out with a cardboard cutter. use a new blade - the foam board tends to fray if not cut with a new, sharp blade. place the small triangles across each other. and leave enough space between them. I decided to go for a gap about 2 cm

so you end with a piece that looks a little bit like a chainsaw. add a piece with an hoop so you can put in on a nail in your wall.

here you can see the hoop I made  and the rounded edges. somehow I like this style better.

at this point you can get your yarn onto it. but I realized that it is too big to put the yarn on and off conveniently. so I decided to cut it into two pieces and add a connector.

it is simply glued with my precious contact glue (check my glue entry to get more information of the contact glue). of course the ugly connectors are on the left side of the piece!

to fix the end of each yarnstring I made a small cut above each triangle on the left side. so you can simply pinch the end of the yarn into it. so next time there are no difficulties to find the string.

here is the finished piece. it is super useful! you see all the colours at one peek and it prevents strings from tangling up.

and this is how it blends into my sewing-workspace. I really like it and it is really comfortable to work with.

hope you liked this entry
have a tidy, organized day, a good time and