I was asked in the last post how I get my picture onto my linen. My process is simple but time consuming. It takes about four to five hours from start to finish.
I work with photos that I take. I crop them and put them into black and white format. I play with them on the computer until I have them the way I want them.
I print it out and take them to a copy place that has a big blueprint enlarger. I usually blow up the print by 400%, so my pieces are about 3 foot by 3 foot. It can take a lot of playing around with the enlarger to get the copy I want.
I go home and lay the copy out on the floor. I put fiberglass screen over the top and cut out a piece of screen to size. The screen is laying over top of the copy, functioning as tracing paper. I take a permanent marker and I transfer the lines of the photo onto the screen the best I can. I understand these lines to be rough guides for my hooking rather than a fully drawn picture.
Then I cut a piece of linen foundation to size and serge the edges. I place the traced picture on the screen over the top of the foundation and then I trace the screen copy onto the linen.
Five hours later I have my next project ready to move to the next step: picking out my colors.