Picture of Embroidered Owl and Flowers
As I was growing up, my sisters and I were not allowed to sit in front of the TV without some handiwork in our hands.  It didn’t matter is it was embroidery, knitting crochet, etc. long as our hands were busy.  To this day, I have a really hard time just sitting and watching TV.  Of late I have been listening to audio books while I have been doing handiwork. Not too long ago, I was looking at Pintrest, when I found this free coloring page found here:  http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/480356/children72b.htm
The first thing I thought was, “that would look great embroidered”.  So this is how I choose to embroider it.  By the by, it took 1 ½ audio books (over 12 hours) to get this completed, working every free moment until done.
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Step 1:

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15”x 15” square of unbleached muslin (preshrunk, $1.50 /yard)
15”x 15” square of Warm and Natural needled cotton batting
Copy of the coloring page, (enlarged to 150%)
Water erasable fabric marking pen (http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Fine-Water-Erasable-Marking/dp/B000YZ5S9Y look here to see what I mean)
Light tracer box (check out your local craft/needle art store or use a window)
Masking tape (not shown)
Embroidery needles
Small scissors
Embroidery hoop
DMC Embroidery floss (+/- 50¢ a skein)
DMC floss numbers:  801, 433, 780, 310, 970, 810, 3837, 550, 743, 988, 6228, 996, 995, 783, 498, 321, 100

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Tape the picture you want to transfer to the light box using the masking tape. 

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Tape the muslin fabric over the picture, centering it as best you can. Turn on the light box.  See how the picture shines through the fabric.

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Get out the water erasable fabric marking pen and trace the parts of the picture you want to embroidery.  I wanted the owl, the tree and the flowers.  I left out the little circles with dots in the middle.

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When you are done, turn off the light box and remove the fabric from the box. 

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Next lay the fabric over the piece of Warm and Natural batting. 
saosport2 years ago
Thank you very much. I have been planing on making a blanket for my boyfriend with the middle earth map on it and could not figure out how I was going to freehand the image onto the cloth this will help so much. Thank you.
pjds782 years ago
Thank you so much for this tutorial , I love embroidery and your examples of stitches look easy enough for me to follow Your pillow is beautiful and the soldier will love it Thank you for inspiring me to do the same thing , ( If my artwork turns out nice enough) I hope to send it to a soldier also. Bless you
so beautiful, I like embroidery but I am in awe of this, its gorgeous, :)
lugreen2 years ago
Beautiful! and I love the box of floss... mine are a jumbled mess that would love to be as organised as yours!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Oh my gosh this is so inspiring. It's gorgeous! And reminds me of the numerous children's books I've bought just to turn the artwork into other pieces. Thank you!
craftknowitall (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thanks and have a good week. My grandson calls Angry Birds, "red chickens". Nice red chicken on your avatar.