Okay, I am so excited to start this project. It’s a special gift for someone special in my life (okay, I think I want one too) and I have it planned in my head. First, I have to deal with copywrite stuff. So, I know that I could not sell something like this, I am using someone elses pictures but what choice do I have! I LOVE THE SHOW the WALKING DEAD and so does my aunt. I have searched and searched for Walking Dead Fabric and really not surprised, I can not find it, so I have to make i myself. Since I am making this for personal use only and have no plans to sell it, I suppose it is okay to do. So, here is my idea.
First, I cut and tape a piece of fabric to a 8.5 by 11 piece of paper and put it into my printer. I find the picture I like and since all I have is a black and white laser printer, I convert the picture to black and white and size it then print it. I did this several times with different pictures and most turned out GREAT! Some however where to dark. After I had about 11 of them printed, I did my “wash test” and guess what…all the ink washed away. I did some research and found that I need to head set the ink. Okay, so I think I learned to do that and was going to print out only 1 picture and heat set it, then test it through the wash again, however I came up with a different idea. So, here is where I might need some tips and suggestions because this is something I have never tried before but am so excited to try it.
Today or tomorrow, as soon as I can,I am going to take one of the pictures and again, convert it to black and white using photoshop but I am not going to stop there. I am then going to take the black and white photo and again using photoshop I am going to convert the picture into a pencil sketch. THEN I will print it.
Next, my plan is to hand embroider each pictures over the ink on the fabric and using mostly black thread on a cream colored fabric but also I want to be able to “shade it” and give it a touch of color here and there, for example a bloody scar I will use red thread, but dried blood is more of a brownish red color, and I don’t want to add a bright color to a mostly monocromatic quilt, I might stick to only a few colors, such as black, grey, and browns.
I probably will not be able to devote any real time to this project until next week after my mother in law leaves, however I am really excited for this project. I am hoping I understand copywrite laws correctly and this is okay to do if it’s for personal use only…trust me, if they made Walking Dead Fabric, I would jump on it!
If anyone can give me hints, tips and suggestions on how to make this successful, I would greatly appreciate it as I only have 4 months to make it ( shhhh…it’s a birthday present for a birthday that just HAPPENS to coincide with the return of season 4!!!