So, first I tried to cross stitch this.
It was going to be a present for my friend Christine. I bought this adorable pattern on Etsy and set to work. And I worked. And I took many breaks. And a month later, there was only one half of one dancing girl.
Then I had an epiphany: I should use an embroidery machine and have the computers do it for me. I submit to thee, robot overlords.
So I grabbed a large emoji jpeg from the internet and traced over it in Illustrator. Then I used TruE 3 Embroidery Software to convert it to an embroidery file. I stitched it out using a Pfaff creative 3.0.
Full disclaimer: I don't know very much about manipulating embroidery files [yet]. This is just what the software spit out. So I'm not sure if it's the best it could be. When I stitched it out, I had to go over all the black sections twice because they weren't dense enough. But I don't know how much of that was the stitch density of the file and how much was my thread choice.
So if you download this and use it, please let me know how it goes! Download it HERE.
And just a few other things...have you seen the March issue of Seamwork Magazine? I was very happy to contribute two articles to this issue. The first is called Farm to Fabric: The Story of Wool. I got to visit the farm of the sweetest, kindest mother-daughter duo here in middle Tennessee and learn all about small scale wool production.
The second is a column called Block Paper Scissors featuring a little pattern making tutorial every month.
Check out the rest of the magazine here. Everything is beautiful as it always is from Colette!