Rosemary's step by step guide to making a wall hanging from a photograph.
First choose your image. Something with clearly defined shapes within it will make it easier but the process will be the same whatever you choose.
Scan your image into your computer if it’s not already on your hard-drive
Decide what size you want your final picture to be. My initial picture was approx A4 but I wanted my wall-hanging to be larger so I resized the image.
Use your software of choice. I use “Paint Shop Pro” but all such software will have similar options. I made my image approx 16ins by 22 ins (ie approx A3, twice as big)
I like my image to be monochrome (black and white) I find this makes it easier to copy and is cheaper!! You may need to change the image into a monochrome one or as I did just choose “ print in black” on the printer options.
Now print your image. You need to ensure that you select “print at 100%” when you print. There are several ways of doing this. Some software will automatically print your image on 4 separate sheets of paper PROVIDED you ask the printer to print at 100%. Otherwise cut each corner and print it separately. This is what I did. Then tape the pieces together.
You are now ready to begin. Use a light box, if you are lucky enough to own one or do as most of us do and tape your paper pattern to the window BACKWARDS. This way for final picture will be the same way round as your original.
Make your base. I use a bonded curtain lining for pictures (and Advent calendars etc) because it has a nice firm feel but you use what ever you prefer. Because the foreground in my image was completely covered by roofs, all I needed to do was add the background sky fabric and tack it around the edge. If you are using wadding then you will need to make “sandwich” which is a little bigger than your final picture and tack all 3 layers together. Choose the top layer to match your image, sky/ground/grass or something neutral if most of it is going to be covered.
Trace each shape onto bondaweb (steam-a-seam or your material of choice) and the iron onto the fabric as usual. Use your original image to match the colours as closely as you wish. As you can see, I extended the shapes slightly, particularly where they tuck behind the roof in front to make assembly easier.
I found it easier to cut all the pieces before beginning to attach them. Start with the background and build up the image gradually. I only ironed them in place once I had ALL the pieces ready and was happy with how they looked.
I then used mostly a fairly close zigzag stitch around the edge of each piece, occasionally I used one of the fancy stitches on my machine instead.
Once all the pieces were attached, I started to stitch in the details. I considered adding more fabric for the windows, doors etc but decided against! I stitched them free hand because I wanted to have the freedom that gave but that is a purely personal choice!
Finally, all the loose ends have to sewn in before trimming and binding the picture as usual!
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