Thursday, May 13, 2021 Stitch Club

 Week 28  - Joetta Maue

"Stitching from a Photograph"
Joetta said "In this workshop, you will learn to use basic stitches to create a detailed embroidered drawing from an original photograph. 
You will learn how to transcribe the image onto fabric through a simple drawing transfer technique and be guided how to choose the best line density and stitch types. This will turn your photo into an embroidered drawing".

I went through my box of photos from my childhood and chose one that appealed to me. It is of my brother Peter and I dressed for a day in the city in Sydney and then on our way to my grandparents who lived in Manly. Memories of catching the "Manly" ferry to visit them.
I was 4 years old and Peter was 8. My coat and hat were red and apparently I never went out without my little plastic handbag.

The transfer was made with a light box tracing on paper.
I chose a handkerchief of my mother's and used a grey thread. 
I decided not to trace and stitch the whole image as I wanted the focal point to be on my coat and hat. Peter was dressed in his school jumper and tie.
Simple, not detailed and I decided not to stitch our faces, (I am not very good at doing eyes and lips).

Further Development.
Unfortunately due to a very sore right shoulder, I didn't do the next week's exercise as I couldn't hold the hoop for very long without getting pain shooting down my arm.

The past couples of weeks have been taken up with paper and book making.
These sheets were made using a small bag of white shredded office paperwork and then adding shredded brown paper that came with a package delivery. I also added some shredded orange paper.
I have been walking every day and pick up seed pods for mark making. I dip the pod into ink and randomly mark the paper.
On the marked pages I machine stitched pieces of my eco prints 
I attend a monthly Papermakers group and we were shown how to make 3" x 4" tied books
I used my hand made paper and eco printed card
This little Tied book used the mark making pages.
10x10cm books for Fibre Arts Winter School in June where I will be attending a 5 day class on Book Binding. My contribution to be sold to raise funds for a charity.
Another small book using a piece of eco printed card for the cover with a stab stitch binding.
Pages using my hand made paper. Some sheets were not long enough, added another piece by stitching.


  1. How effective to isolate only the clothing parts of the photo. A charming result, but why didn't you use red for the coat?
    You have been so busy with paper making and books, fantastic. Hope the shoulder is feeling better really soon in readiness for your jab.

  2. You looked so sweet dressed up for your big day out in Sydney.
    I love that you used a hankie of your mother's as the fabric for this piece. The stitched portraits of Peter and yourself are very touching.

  3. What a lovely coat, I bet you felt very special dressed up for a big day on the town. Your choice of 'limited embroidery' works well, and I love that you have stitched on a hanky once belonging to your mother.
    As always you have made some unique books.
    I do hope your shoulder will be well soon, so you can fully enjoy the winter course of bookmaking.

  4. I love the photograph stitching. A great idea and a wonderful result!

  5. I love how you did the embroidery. Very artistic only doing some of it. Good work with your other projects

  6. Oh, your embroidery is fantastic! I'm guessing that a light box would enlarge the photograph before you trace? The handkerchief was just perfect for the old fashioned feel of the project.