2012 Spoonflower Staff Challenge Pt 13: Framed Photos On Fabric

MAR 14, 2012

This is the thirteenth in a series of posts describing the projects that are part of our 2012 Spoonflower Staff Challenge. Voting begins tomorrow! 

Thomas and Caitlin’s team was one of the cursed third shift/first shift pairings. This made it a little challenging for them to plan their project, but they were able to carve out time to meet up when their brains were both working.  Sort of.  (Coffee helped.)  After several wired brainstorm sessions, they decided to create stretched fabric canvases that would act as frames for photos. Thomas used his rusty Photoshop skills to manipulate some awesome, textured photos that he and Caitlin had taken into neon texture wonderlands. After some color tweaking with the handy dandy Spoonflower color guide, the designs were printed onto linen/cotton canvas and were ready to be stretched and stitched by Caitlin!

Caitlin stretched the fabrics over some 8-inch x10-inch stretcher bars purchased at a local craft store using a staple gun and a bit of elbow grease.

Lining everything up at this juncture is crucial so that the background fabric doesn’t get distorted, bunched up, or gets stapled too loosely onto the frames. (Also, avoid stapling yourself!)

After stretching the background fabrics onto the frames, Thomas and Caitlin met up again with their selected photos to decide how to attach them to the background fabrics. Thomas put those rusty Photoshop skills to use once again to tweak the photos a bit before printing them onto linen/cotton canvas. Caitlin, with her mighty embroidery prowess, suggested attaching the photos with different embroidery stitches in the photo margins using bright, neon floss.

The idea was finalized and after some finger-pricking fun, the final product was finished!


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