...well, that's what I call it. This was the BiG project I worked on for about 3 months to give as Christmas gifts. I went through lots of trial an error. I had experimented a bit last year. I immediately was interested because it combined 3 things I really enjoy doing: computers, photography and sewing.
1. Open picture in GIMP
2. Crop picture if need
3. Color, desaturate, average, ok (gets rid of colors)
4. Filters, edge-detect, difference of gaussians (might want to tweak smoothing parameters)
I lowered the feed dogs, used the free motion foot & didn't change other settings. Please note, this can be done on ANY (which is just about all) machine that will let you drop or cover the the feed dogs because you do the work, not the machine. Ellisimo can do a lot of fancy things, but it can't do this by itself. (Authors note: 2-8-2012- Some have thought you have to have an embroidery machine to do this. You do NOT. That means, this can be done with a regular sewing machine, with feed dogs dropped or covered & using no foot on your machine. Just remember to drop the foot to stitch.)
Lowered the pressure foot, held the sides of the canvas to move the canvas and started free motion stitching over the lines. The tricky part with this art..there is no way to shade lighter. You can add more lines of thread to make darker. I'm sure some practice can help this problem.
My first results:
Things I learned:
I thought the first picture needed more lines. Second picture is ok, it is one way to show shadows. The last picture I tried to show teeth and just wasn't successful at all.
I also decided to use less lines for facial features. So I looked for more pictures, especially those without "teeth" smiles.
I also decided to make the drawings using continuous lines, rather than choppy short lines.
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