Monday, May 21, 2012

Snowy NYC and stitching photos





















My sister went to New York last year with her younger daughter to visit her older daughter who is living in NYC with her girlfriend.  She took some amazing photos of the snow covered streets and cars and the girls, and so I thought I would try and stitch some of them.

I started stitching last year but other things got in the way and when I knew my niece was coming back for a visit, I got stuck in.  I printed the photo with my photocopier onto artist canvas for acrylic paints, which is sort of cottony on one side and plastic-y on the other side (so a bit tough to push through with the needle sometimes, especially with nerve damage in my right hand! ouch).  The photo turned out in soft colours and in a sort of negative photo look, because the black ink had run out, but I liked the effect and traced round the figures in pencil.

Then I embroidered the girls in black backstitch (my favourite) and did some fill stitch for their furry jacket lining and hats.  I put it in a little white frame for them, and then decided I liked them so much I did two more.  I submitted these to an exhibition but they didn't get chosen.  Never mind, I'm determined not to feel rejected and to keep on trying!  I have bought two white frames for them and will probably give them to my sister.  I love that my younger niece is jumping in one of the photos, it looks like she was really enjoying herself.

10 comments:

elnorac said...

Oh, goodness! To say these are brilliant doesn't even come close to doing them justice. Really marvelous! So creative and pleasing, yet very personal to your family...

Kerri K said...

Brilliant!

wenda said...

Thank you both! Your comments are very encouraging!

Terri said...

Don't feel discouraged.....your work is simply amazing!

wenda said...

Thank you Terri, I really enjoyed doing these and I've picked out another photo to do, now I just have to get started!

Julie Responsibly said...

Just saw this on pinterest and absolutely love the idea! Do you have a special printer for this that's set up to do canvas, or did you just put the right sized canvas in a paper printer? Would love to try this for an xmas present!

Julie Responsibly said...

Just saw this on pinterest and absolutely love the idea! Do you have a special printer for this that's set up to do canvas, or did you just put the right sized canvas in a paper printer? Would love to try this for an xmas present!

wenda said...

Hi Julie! No special printer. I just used my normal Canon MP180 printer. The canvas was A5 size and came in a tear off pad, so each canvas was not very thick. It was a pad for oil painting, so one side was cotton and the other was coated. I tried both sides. The other thing was the printer was out of black ink (still is!) and so the colours turned out quite soft, but in some places turned out like a negative print. Purely accidental :) I just had to play around with placing the photo so it would come out in the middle of the canvas when it printed.

Hope this helps!! I'd love to see your results!

Sondra said...

Love your work!!!!!!!!

wenda said...

Thank you very much Sondra!