I came up with a great way to make myself look like I gained a tonne of weight and have lips like a walrus. Do a self portrait of myself in fabric. Well not my idea so much as the instructions received for the February bee block for Brit Bee. I am late, but I have done it. And I do look like I have the lips of a walrus now. But, maybe that's what people think when they see me in real life but are too polite to tell me. Who knows?!
I started with a play on Picnik with one of my photos. I tried doing it like everyone else did in Brit Bee with brilliant results but when I reduced my photo to two colours I looked like a blob. So I went a different route and made it into a sketch instead.
Which I cut up.
I then turned the hair and the top I was wearing into two components of the photo with the help of some tracing and interfacing. I sewed these to the background fabric.
Next I needed a face. I place the printed piece of paper with my face on it under the white fabric and used a disappearing pen to trace out some of my features - roughly. Keep that roughly point in mind when you see the results!
Using the lines I sketched, I tried to follow them with a little free motion stitching. It seemed to be going okay until I got to my mouth. Unpicking of stitches happened, and again. And then I decided that I would just have to have a weird mouth.
I did some more stitching with a variegated thread on for my hair - notice the authentic touch of grey! Some grey thread was used on my top to give it a little texture.
To the right of my portrait I personalised the block a little more with a Canadian flag and my blog name.
I have no idea what drove me to choose the sashing I did. Do you?
And, for better or for worse, this is what I am sending Miss February - Jenny. I do hope it is good enough. This was quite a challenge, and an interesting one at that. Thank you Jenny, for pushing my boundaries and making me try something new.