These are really fun to make and here are some tips for you.
I started with a simple pencil drawing I had made of my daughter.
I then cut this into the ‘face’ piece and the ‘hair’ piece, these become your templates. I decided to use denim as my background fabric, anything goes but a stable heavyish fabric is good. It’s nice if you can use some pattern fabric for either your ‘hair’ or ‘face’ or even both. I think choosing the fabric is a chance to get creative and incorporate some favourite fabric.
Using the templates draw your shapes on some bondaweb (making sure you get the image the right way round) and iron this onto the fabrics you have chosen. Cut out the shape and iron the ‘face’ onto your background fabric. Put this onto an embroidery hoop and sew a simple running stitch around the outline using cotton thread.
Now start ‘drawing’ your face with stranded embroidery thread. Use different number of strands to create different effects, more strands to define the eyes, less strands for subtle shading of the nose.
Don’t worry if it looks a bit basic at first, as you add details it starts to come to life.
I didn’t use colours, apart from on the eyes, to try and keep that ‘pencil sketched’ looked but it might be nice to experiment – this is all about getting creative. Once you are happy with the ‘face’ then iron on the ‘hair’ and sew round the outline with running stitch again.
You may need to iron it again once you have finished sewing, and then your embroidery hoop becomes the frame.
I cut the fabric at the back of my hoop, cut out a bit of card and then glued this on the back. It was a bit fiddly but now the pictures sit flat against the wall.