Sound Wave Embroidery




Introduction: Sound Wave Embroidery

In this instructable I will show you how to create a piece of embroidery from your favourite song.

Step 1: You Will Need:

- computer
- printer
- paper
- tracing paper / greaseproof paper
- pencil
- fabric
- needle
- thread
- scissors
- pins

Step 2: Download Audacity Software

You can download audacity at This software will allow you to get the shape of the wave.

Step 3: Record Sound

Open the sound clip that you want to record. I just opened a new tab on YouTube but you could play from a cd or from your phone. Press the red recording button on the audacity software, then play your music. When it is over, press the stop button (you will not need a whole song, only a short section, or you will have a lot of sewing to do!).

Step 4: Edit Sound Image

Edit your sound clip to a length and shape that you like. Then screenshot/print screen this and paste into a word document*. Crop the image so that instead of two bars, you have one. Then crop this in half so you only have one line that looks a bit like a skyline.

*You don't need to use word, any software that will allow you to edit images. This was just very quick and easy to use.

Step 5: Print and Trace

Resize the image and print the image. Before you trace, go over the line with a pencil to make it clearer. Then place your greaseproof paper/ tracing paper on top and trace (either works).

Step 6: Pin to Fabric

This stage is fairly self explanatory; simply pin the paper to the fabric. If you prefer, you can put the fabric in an embroidery loop to make it easier, I couldn't find any in the house so had to do without.

Step 7: Sew!

Sew along the line that you traced, poking through the paper. This might take a bit of time, so maybe put the tv on.

Step 8: Rip the Paper

This is the scariest/most exciting stage. Carefully rip the paper out, making sure not to pull the stitches out. Take your time with this stage, as it is easy to ruin your hard work.

Step 9: Finished!

Step back and admire your handiwork. Well done!

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    This would be especially cool if the sound that makes the profile is something personally significance.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Yeah totally! It would be great for wedding vows or maybe graduation ceremonies.