Friday, May 20, 2011

Shirlry Challenge #5 Self Portrait

I am posting this challenge early as the girls were having problems with the self portrait. I
put some suggestions into our group site and promised to post my picture early after explaining how I did it . I used a simple photo shop method and then thread painted it.

I took a photo of myself and then put 3 pictures of it in photo shop - clicked on filter and then filter galleries (all sorts of wonderful things can be found in the filter portion of photo shop) I found a cross hatch setting and clicked on it ( there are other settings that
focus the colors and divide them more sharply if you want to do a quilted portrait). I then printed it on a fabric photo sheet -- let it dry , removed the back and placed it on a piece of timtex -- or heavy stabilizer - then I thread painted the colors. The original is a bit more like the actual photo although my thread wasn't as dark. This is the first project I have done
since last June as life really got in the way for me-- and I admit I enjoyed it.

I do hope you don't mind me posting it a bit early. Shirley


  1. Stunning Shirley, as always.

  2. Ah Shirley you have captured this so well.
    It is such a licking to you.
    I am on the same lines as you with the priniting on to Silk.
    Well done.

  3. Wow.... as always I love your thread painting. I am still a novice at thread painting, so when I see your threadpainting I know I have a long way to go.

  4. Thanks ladies -- Mine is so straightforward -- I like the others best as there is so much personality and talent involved! I seem to see life in
    realistic terms and would love to be more 'out of the box'! This was a
    fun Challenge for me as I finally got to my sewing machine. Shirley

  5. Shirley, I can not believe how wonderfully you recreated your photo!! I would never have dreamed it was done with cloth and thread!
    Kudos to you!
    Mine will be up later today, finishing touches this morning.