Are your treasured family photos hiding away in photo albums? Show them off with a modern and colourful make over.Penelope Quinn shows us how!
Last week, Blog Society and Unleash Creative teamed up to host the Etsy Craft Party – a one-day global celebration designed to connect crafters, makers and anyone else who wants to push their creative boundaries. This year’s theme was 'Recapture: Bringing New Meaning to Old Photographs'; we were asked to bring a photograph that had special memories, and spent a fun night transforming them into new handmade heirlooms using just a needle and thread, paint and glitter pens!
Once you start using this method, you’ll find it very hard to stop – and once you’re finished, the photos make a beautiful present or can be turned into a card for someone special. They also look beautiful framed, which is exactly what I’ll be doing with mine!
- First, find a photo that has special meaning for you. I decided to use a wedding photo of my Nana from the 50s.
- Photocopy your photo. You can use the original, but if its a precious photo that you can’t replicate, I’d recommend photocopying it to practice first.
- Place your photo on some thick cardboard. Lay over tracing paper, and use sticky tape to hold it together.
- Using a pencil, trace some designs. Get creative!
- Then, using a thumb-tack or pin, press holes where you would like to sew. This makes it easier to push through the needle and also prevents you from ripping or damaging the paper.
- You may find it’s easier to split the embroidery thread in two, depending on the eye of your needle. Then, it’s time to embellish. I decided to accent the beautiful flowers in the bouquet and her hair. You could also do shapes, lines or boarders.
- You can also use a glitter pen and paint to accent different parts. The hardest part is knowing when to stop.
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