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Picture This....picture to stitcher-y tutorial

So i thought in celebrating along with storybook woods and whomever else, that i would do something Tasha Tudor-y. She was all about the hand made girls. Makes her own clothes, wool blankets {including shearing, dying and spinning}, makes dolls, --she is sort of where i
got the idea for doing the doll conversationals-- anyways. So i was thinking.......what could i do?
How about a bit of stitchery! So one thing led to another and here you have a little stitchery tutorial.

How To Turn your Home into a Stitchery

1} take a picture of your home. Digital if at all possible. Much easier, and the most immediately rewarding too.

2} Change the size to around 4 X 6 inches in size. You may choose to do a different size.

I used the good ol'fashioned PAINT program to do this. As shown below in a fuzzy shot of screen:

3} Print off picture in black and white --the size you would like. Oh ,isn't my home just so cute! That is a cherry tree in the front there...yup, it's a monster that keeps growing straight up even though we trim it.

4} Take a Sharpie marker and start drawing lines on all the major parts of the home + stuff around it. Like the roof, the chimney, the tree, the windows, doors....get the idea? Don't make me list anymore. Now, like the paint program we can move things around. go ahead. no one will check. I didn't include that 5 foot rosemary bush right under the tree.

5} Lay a blank white piece of paper on top of that sharpied black and white picture and put it on a light box. your arms will thank you later --you know, holding to the window-. Trace again. i know, but it will help! Just do it! If you look closely at this one and the finished product you will find some changes. There is a window in that big triangle that the tree was covering up! and i moved the sidewalk over so it was more 'centered'.

6} Now is the time to get that tea towel, cotton, muslin or whatever you would like and trace the pattern again onto the fabric. I used a mechanical pencil. Easy.

7} Put into hoop and stitch. Stitch like there's no tomorrow. I did add some 'architectural' details- like some shingles on the roof, some rock where the rock is, and some more round siding in the big triangle, and some lines on the windows. This helps take up big spaces, and makes them look a little better to the eyes. Don't worry about getting everything in it. You won't and it will look too crowded. Your mind does a great job of making some stuff up and it looking ok. So don't worry about it. I mean look at that funky vine growing up the arbor on the left. whatever....

8} Finished:

I have been thinking about this here stitchery and boy it has alot of possibilities..... great for grandma presents, even neighbor ones.....take pictures when they are gone or they will think you are nustoids, have a picture this party---everyone bring their own picture and you show then how to do it, oh, everyone is getting into framing their little things in HOOPS. Wouldn't that just look cute?! You could also do some way cute boxing around it with some victorian type print for the date or year or established....or some vinework

So get out there and take a picture and imortalize your home.

So this one now hangs in the kitchen. Not sure if i want to use it or not yet.

I think that is the hardest thing about handmades. You want to use them, you want to make useful things, but sometimes it take someone else grabbing it with dirty hands and face and wiping all their cooties all over it to get you ok with it.

(that didn't happen, but i just know it will)

* pst* if you make one share it with us!! we would love to see your home---only because we are snoopy blog neighbors really-- and we want to see your stitches too. what's your count huh? ok. that wasn't very nice. Mine isn't that great don't go blowing up that stitchery picture....ooooooo

*pst-pst-- don't forget to join the postcard swap going on. Little art surprises in the mail! who doesn't like that?--

*pst-pst-pst---i need some help with the blog/website thingie. i will be doing a shout out this weekend and would love some helpful responses. Will you please help? i will let you know sometime when i gather my thoughts and questions and make a huge post of "give me's". j.k. but not really.

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Blogger Julie said...

That is dang cute. I am so going to do that!! You are so GOOD!!! Julie

28/8/09 10:17 AM  
Blogger kyles said...

What a cute idea....I love it! I live in a house that's only two rooms wide, but very long at the front... maybe a table runner... laughs!

28/8/09 4:14 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

That's really lovely. Cute idea!

30/8/09 1:18 AM  
Blogger Care said...


30/8/09 8:23 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

Simple yet brilliant. Thanks for the idea.

2/9/09 6:07 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This is the CUTEST idea I have seen! Oh my gosh, I am so doing one for our house and I think I might sneak some pics of the family homes as well and start on some Christmas presents! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea!! :)

2/9/09 6:42 PM  
Blogger :o) mg said...

Sheer genius. Thank you!!

2/9/09 10:06 PM  
Blogger jeannine said...

Gorgeous! what a great idea for Christmas presents. LOVE IT LOVE IT!

3/9/09 7:20 AM  
Blogger Junie Moon said...

This is such a wonderful project. I appreciate your sharing it with us and will give it a go.

3/9/09 3:02 PM  
Blogger MissesStitches said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for explaining. I'll try to remember to post to your blog when I make one. Feel free to check out my blog, too.

4/9/09 10:02 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love this idea! So cute and special, too!

5/9/09 12:03 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Thank you so much for showing this idea! What a wonderful gift this would make! Sheer genius!

Best to you-

5/9/09 6:35 PM  
Blogger Storybook Woods said...

Akkk, somehow my comment never made it, I am so sorry. Happy Tasha Tudor day (a little late) What a brilliant and Tasha Tudor idea. Thank you so much for joining in. Clarice

5/9/09 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful tutorial !!!
Need to add this to my Handicraft to do list !!!

25/10/09 8:57 AM  
Blogger tami said...

I love it and am going to snap a pic and stitch it up.

2/1/10 10:39 PM  

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