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Thread: Dog for Christmas

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    Super Member applique's Avatar
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    Hi Janet
    Here goes!
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    wonder under or another fusible fabric (I use batiks because the tighter weave helps prevent fraying and the color selection is close to normal dog fur)
    small sharp scissors
    Later I will give satin stitch instructions if you want to use that method

    First find a good clear photo to use. You are looking for a photo with good lighting which shows depth and shadows. I enlarged mine on the color copier at Staples to the largest size that fit on the paper. Make sure it isn't too fuzzy because you will be tracing this! Don't worry about the background as long as it doesn't interfere with the lines for the dog.

    Enlargement of picture on 8.5 X 17 inch paper. Note the light source and shadows and details, which is why I chose this shot.
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    Trace around all the changes in light and color on the plastic with the sharpie. Make sure that the lines are all closed with a start and finish that intersects (no loose lines all must connect). Compare this with the enlagrement.
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    I would love to have more details! Can't wait to see the rest.

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    this is looking interesting!! Show more!!

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    Keep going please. I want to know more.

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    wow, will follow this thread, thanks

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    I would love to do my dogs like this. Keep going.

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    wow good job so far

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    I cant wait to read more too!

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    WOW!! I would love to do my dil 's dog. When you cut the patches , do you overlap them? Your dog is beautiful. I'm going to follow this tut.

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    Great info & I'll follow this thread!

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    Tomorrow I'll take in my tracing and have it enlarged. I love to make the pattern large enough to satin stitch every piece down. They are also easier to handle than little pieces. Then I will number every piece and make sure that the lines fully enclose each piece. Now comes the tough part; like hand applique, some pieces need to be tucked underneath others. I will have to decide which pieces go on top and which underneath so I can add extra to those pieces which will be under. The eyes and nose will be on top and will be assembled separately then put into place.
    Photos tomorrow and ready to trace onto the fusible. I use WonderUnder because it is cheaper and I use a TON of it. Also need to get parchment paper which I use instead of the expensive and much too small applique pressing sheet.
    See you tomorrow!

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    Thank you for teaching us how you do this :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Thank you for teaching us how you do this :D:D:D
    Ditto!! :D I am anxious for your next post!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Well I did get my enlargement about 24 X 27 inches. Numbered all the pieces. Now I have to label each piece as dark, medium, medium dark, medium light and light. When I choose the fabrics I put them into these categories. What will take time is to decide which pieces go under and which on top. Those being tucked under have to have extra fabric to tuck under and I do it with dashed lines.

    Eye area.. This whole section will be done separately and some of the stitching done before it is joined to the face. The actual eye will be three pieces one on top of the other (38 on top of 37 and both on top of 36) then this eye will be fused to the piece they sit on (35) All of this goes onto piece 34 and I just spotted a problem with that piece! I have two numbered 34. I'll have to fix this by making a line to close off one piece and renumber as A and B.
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    Janet's question. Her dog is just one color. For a black lab for example, I would look for a strong source of light (like outside in bright sun)which would show some shadows or shine and use those. Pretend there is shadow under the head on the neck. One side of the face would be darker and the area around the eye is deeper and would be darker. It's as if you are shading the picture when drawing in black and white. I would do the same for a white mountain goat or sheep. Hope this helps.
    The next post will be Wednesday. It will take me a while to prep for the next step and work gets in the way!

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    WOW. I am glad I seen your post. That is really nice. Your dog is beautifal. Great tute. Thanks for sharing :thumbup:

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    My husband (a self admited non cat liker) had to put his cat down back in August I would love to do this with a picture of "Boots" for him. I know just the picture too! Thank you for posting this and breaking it down into easy to follow steps!

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    What a beautiful dog! I have a basenji and haven't had the courage to try to do a portrait. I did send for Malec's books explaining the process--need to get brave and start taking photos of my little boy so I can give his quilt portrait a try! You are an inspiration! WLee

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    Trace the pieces onto fusible web then rough cut around the pieces.

    Match up pieces with fabric using the photo as a guide.
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    Fuse the pieces to the back of the fabric and cut out on the lines.
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    Score the paper and remove from the pieces ready to fuse. Leave the number on the back until actually ready to fuse that piece.
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    Cover the pattern with a sheet of parchment paper on your ironing board. You should be able to see the pattern underneath the parchment. You will be fusing to the parchment following the pieces underneath. Be sure to pin the parchment to the pattern so it won't move.
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    Almost ready to lift off the parchment and fuse to the background. Still have to do the collar and tag and the light colored pieces are too light so I will use Tsukineko ink to darken it a bit. It is also important to make sure that htere are no holes or cracks between the pieces. You should be able to hold up the piece on the parchment to the light and check for any problem areas. More to come on the finishing.
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    I'm really impressed with this project. Wow. Your awesome.
    I'm going to look through pictures of my doggies and see if I can do this. I love applique. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    WoW! thank you so much for documenting and sharing your process. It is wonderful! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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    What do you think of this picture for a beginner?
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    WOW! That is going to be nice. I'm going to be watching this one. I have been collecting batiks to do one of my DIL's Rhodesian Ridgeback. He was run over & killed last summer, when he was on a leash. She took this very hard, so figured I'd try & make one, but now I'll watch how you do it. Thanks for the tut.

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    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I bought a Tony Whitney "Midnight Glide " kit ad took one or two looks and was totally overwhelmed and could not make since of it . Now I actually think I maight be able to figure it out!

    Thanks again,
    Rae

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I bought a Tony Whitney "Midnight Glide " kit ad took one or two looks and was totally overwhelmed and could not make since of it . Now I actually think I maight be able to figure it out!

    Thanks again,
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    Oh wow! I have that one too, and Mello Meadow. I had both of them enlarged so they will go onto a large pieced background done in browns and tans (all batik). It needs to be at least queen size and the larger pieces make it easier to satin stitch. Have fun and keep us posted on yours!!

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