Sunday, September 1, 2013

DIY: embroidered The New Yorker cover

my first attempt at embroidery on paper

Inspired by the work of artists Izziyana SuhaimiInge Jacobsen and Lauren Di Cioccio, I decided to keep it simple for my first trial and to go with an illustration rather than a photograph.

I love the "A woman dressed in red" by Birgit Schoessow on The New Yorker's cover and decided to give it a try. 

how I did it: embroidered magazine cover tutorial

I took a picture of the magazine and had it printed on a 8x11 photo paper, because the cover is so thin I was afraid to tear it while stitching on it.
I used embroidery floss in these colors: DMC #334 - #817 - #814 - #3831- #310

I placed a little padding surface and started to punched the holes for the stitches about 1/8" apart

This is how it looks on the back
I punched the holes in sections,
because I imagine that it would have been really confusing to have all the punching done at once:
so started with the title and the skyline and part of the hat,
and once that part was stitched, I went down on the dress,
punching what I would have stitched color by color.

It took me about three nights, so yes, it was time consuming.
At the beginning I was thinking to do just the title, and the skyline,
but once I started stitching, I kept adding more and more details and couldn't stop.
Embroidery on paper is highly addictive!!

Again, to keep it simple for my first trial, I used a running stitch, and stitched over twice so it would look like a continuous line.

And here my favorite part: the details!

On the wrist, where the bracelet is, I added beads rather than plain stitches

Love the hat that plays with the "O" of the title 

This is part of a fashion project that will be shared in the next few days ;) check back later in the week, ok?

xox, d.

keep in touch! 


  1. Oh I love this! I am definitely going to do this. You did such an exceptional job. You are always so full of inspiration.

  2. I second Janlynn's comments! You rock! I love this!!!

  3. this is super could also try sewing machine embroidery on paper. if you keep the foot pedal on the table and slowly press it with your hands you can do fabulous zigzag or any other embroidery stitches

  4. Ok you got me here..this is divine and your stitching ingenuity welllll spectacular


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