June 22, 2011

June Stitchalong: Week 2

embroidered journal in progress
(my June Stitchalong project in progress)

Yay! We've already had a great response to the June Stitchalong - we've got new projects in the pool, along with some free patterns designed by you guys! Remember that for this stitchalong you are welcome to stitch any free pattern that you like (even one you make yourself) - but please post a link to the pattern you use so we can stitch along with you. :)

For this post, I wanted to show you a great tool freely available in Flickr that you might not know about: Picnik!

Ever take a picture of your stitching and think it's too dark or you wish it reflected the actual colors better?

Here's some stitching from the super-talented lilyvanilli72:

Home Sweet Home

You can tell, without a doubt that this is an amazing work, and the details are nice and sharp, but it's kind of dark and hard to see the actual colors...

Well, here it is after a quick Auto-fix in Picnik:
home - auto fix

Isn't that awesome? Thanks, Lily, for letting me share your stitching!

Here's a pic stitched by life is crafty (wonderful stitching, by the way, Jeanne!) for the June Stitchalong:

Before:
bunny embroidery 003

After Auto-fix in Picnik:
bunny auto fix

Nice, huh? The original photo was fine, but Auto-fix added an extra  pop of contrast and tweaked the color temperature to the cool side. I've used this tool a lot, and like any tool, sometimes it works better than others, but it is definitely worth a try.

Here's how to use Picnik (tips from Flickr):
How do I start editing with Picnik


Now, back to the June Stitchalong...
A few of you have already stitched some of the freebies I posted!

How about this cutie stitched from the Wild Olive pattern:
One lump or 5 embroidery
Stitched by Now I'm Found

I love this white stitching on blue:
Sugar cube
Stitched by ~ PixieFey ~

And, just in time for this stitchalong, Digital Misfit posted a free pattern on her blog:
Foxy Felix Embroidery
Get the pattern

As for my project, I am finishing *cough* last month's stitchalong and stitching Carina's free pattern on paper:


(my progress again)

Can't wait to show you more! Until next week, have fun stitching, guys! :)

2 comments:

  1. Nice photo editing! Crazy what a big difference it makes! Your pictures are always lovely floresita...can't wait to see the card you're working on. I like to stitch thank you cards (and always have blank ones on hand). Especially for my girls to make home made cards :D

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  2. I'll definitely be giving Picnik a go next time I'm putting photos on Flickr. Thank you for the photo editing tips. Also thank you for posting my picture on your blog .. it was a lovely unexpected surprise :)

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