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Embroidering "forever young" by bob dylan

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I did this embroidery for a customer on Etsy. Because it was my most intense embroidery to date, I wanted to document the whole thing. :D

This isn't so much a "learn how to embroider this exact thing" but more of a "here is the process I went through".

What to learn how to embroider? Check out my instructable!

You can see more of my embroidery in my Etsy store, making jiggy.
 
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Step 1: Making the pattern

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This took a couple hours. Because I had to fit so much text into a 10 inch hoop, there was a lot of measuring, remeasuring, erasing and fiddling involved. :)

I first laid out the lines - I created an 8.5 x 6 inch rectangle to work in. I divided that into three boxes, one for each verse. And then I made room for seven lines of text in each of the three boxes.

Once I (and the buyer) were happy with that, I inked over the pencil and erased as much as I could.

I then ended up drawing out some flowers and stars - the flowers were resized to be much smaller on the final piece.

Step 2: Copying the pattern to linen

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This took another hour or so. After I had totally inked the pattern and erased all the pencil, I pinned a piece of linen on top of it. I had to be really thorough with the pinning so no shifting would occur. :)

I used a water soluble pen to transfer the pattern - it's my favorite way to do it!

Step 3: Check to make sure nothing went terribly wrong

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At this point I spent quite a while making sure nothing had went wrong when the pattern was transferred.

I also spent lots of time wondering how I was going to finish it. :P
jmyers11 month ago
Made me tear up. I immediately started thinking of ' Into the Mystic'
This is so beautiful! You did a really amazing job.
nice one jessyratifink
onrust1 year ago
That would make a killer pillow. I find your patience staggering.
onemoroni11 year ago
Very nice result, I didn't know anyone did this anymore besides my grandmother from Denmark who is long since passed on. Good thoughts and activities keep us "Forever Young".
SHIFT!1 year ago
Jessy this came out fantastic! I love how accurate the finished embroidery is to your handwriting. Great job!
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
sunshiine1 year ago
Jessy this is adorable! Your embroidery work is amazing! It is not easy to outline cursive writing, I have tried!