It's my Grandpa, my mum, Nana and Auntie Pauline on a holiday in Wales.....mini mouse buckets in hand...I'm estimating around 62 years ago. *Swoon *
So my mastermind plan was to recreate this mini photo in stitch for my mum's recent birthday. I initially thought about going down the freehand machine sewn portrait route I've done before, but the urge to hand embroider, and to also try out something different was a-calling.
Under the guise of "experimentation" I'd recently bought some inkjet cotton fabric to print onto and after some deliberation decided to print out an edited version of this photo and then embroider on top.
Here is the photo which I edited using photoshop elements, the background figures have been removed to create more of a focus and I played with the posterize effect to create clearer colour contrasts.
I was drawn to using some of the brown coloured threads I'd bought for my bear embroidery (still not finished!) and wanted to include a pop of contrasting colour as my Grandpa and his family were far from sepia coloured :)
The fabric was easy to set up and print onto, and once printed simply required the backing to be peeled off before starting sewing. I started embroidering along the dark lines that had been created, using various shades of thread and some added pink...
I also ended up painting gesso around the figures to help fade the busy background,
With more splashes of pink as clouds to finish it off.....
Had I had more time I may have filled in more of the areas with stitch but I was happy with the result ........ sweet summer holiday memories in stitch!
Ps.Mum LOVED her birthday gift. :)x