Photograph embroidery is a method of enhancing a photograph by adding embroidered stitching onto of it, using a needle and thread. The main materials used are thick photographic paper and images printed on canvas or materials. The image can be of any subject but I have found portraits, due to their single subject, work well for this process.
For the purpose of this study the following question(s) were addressed:
- What colours of thread work best for embroidering over low key photographs?
My prediction is that I have the needle work ability to produce an embroidered image. Also that the process can be completed sufficiently on ordinary photo paper.
- Embroidery Kit: Needle, floss and hoop
- Measured card
- Print out paper (POP), semi-gloss paper or gelatine silver paper
- Capture portrait or landscape photographs.
- Print photograph on to semi gloss paper, Gelatine Silver Paper or Print Off Paper (POP).
- Apply spray mount glue and stick the photograph to a measured piece of card for structural support.
- Consider the preferred layout and sketch onto the photograph.
- Start to sew the subject.
- Aim to push the needle trough the same hole to avoid any unwanted broken surface.
I have found the craftsmanship of this process to be very appealing. I have enjoyed physically enhancing my own photographs with the use of embroidery. I have aimed to provide and Indian head wear theme within my style and approach. I found the process fairly easy, however there are slight imperfections that I could have improved. However, due to limited time and other processes being more demanding, I only managed to complete one embroidered photograph.
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