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Today's tutorial is to create a simple, whimsical raised work face. I don't often do this sort of 'cartoon' look, so it was an interesting challenge for me to learn too!
I hope you enjoy it and will have a go at making your own cute little face embroidery and will leave a comment with a link to a photo of it.=)
Of course, you can do that with the skin tone as well. So, if you wanted to work an Oriental, Indian or black face, you'd simply select the correct shade of brown for the skin fabric and browns and black for the hair and eyes.
Cut a 5cm/2inch circle from the contrasting fabric you plan to put behind the face and a 4cm/1½5inch circle from your face fabric. As you can see here, the kit used evenweave fabrics for all three pieces, but I don't see any reason why plainweaves won't work just as well.
Of course, this stage is optional as you don't have to have this contrast trim at all.
Using a matching sewing cotton, stitch a line of running stitches all around the face fabric circle about ½cm/just over ¼ inch from the edge. Make sure that you secure the thread well at the start with a knot.
Try to make sure the beads sit well, (one of mine is a little skew...), and pull the thread quite tightly so that the beads pull the face in a little and give it more shape.
Take care not to pull too tight for either of these stages. You want to aim to create a little realism in the shape, not to have steep dips - or break the thread!
Make sure you cover in the sides well by putting some stitches along the side of the head.
I felt the the hairline at the left hand forehead part was a little too angular and my girl looked a bit pale. So, I put in some more stitches for the hair and, in proper womanly style - painted in her cheeks with a tiny bit of blusher on a small eyeshadow brush!! Apart from the bead that doesn't sit well (and makes her look cross-eyed - you could even do that on purpose, if you wanted to!), below is the finished face:
If you want to create a hat, you can use much the same method and cut the shape out of any suitable material: felt, leather, some low- or non-fray fabric, or even a more delicate fabric that you've stabilised by putting some iron-on interfacing or Bondaweb on the back of.
Add in some beads and trims as you like. On the crown, there were six beads to be spaced out along the bottom, which also removed the need to stitch down the bottom edge of the crown shape. If you do want to stitch down the lower edge of your headgear, take care not to pull too tight or the hat will look like it's squashing the head rather!
Above is the finished face with crown and below, complete with some lettering (which would have been better done in a darker shade!!) and mounted in a small, circular aperture greetings card blank.
What do you think? Could you manage to have a go at that? It only takes about 60-90 minutes to complete, so may be the perfect project for a 'me time' evening.=)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014