June 1, 2011

Photo Finish

I just love going through the flickr group and finding amazing pictures of stitchy goodness. I'm so envious of all the great photos. So, my question to you is....what is your secret to a great photo of your fine stitching? Do you have a light box? Do you scan it? Inquiring minds want to know!

Camera embroidery courtesy of kburrr

Hi, I'm Pam - I've been a moderator for the Needlework boards on Craftster since 2004 and you can also see me in the Craftster Quickies video series.

I am a lover of all things vintage but I particularly have a fondness for vintage embroidery patterns, which I collect every chance I can get!


  1. I would also like to know! I can never truly capture the detail in my stitching, even though I use an excellent camera. Must be some magic lighting skills that I lack...

  2. So pretty!

    I take mine out when it's sunny!

  3. Well, I'm not sure that my photos are examples of that greatness, but for me it's all about natural light (which I sometimes have to wait quite a while for) and a very good camera.

  4. Yep outside in natural light - you can really see the relief of the stitching and the weave of the fabrics

  5. My photos aren't especially wonderful and I haven't got an expensive camera but I always iron my stuff before I take a picture and use natural light, either near a window or outside.

  6. I had so much trouble with that when I first started embroidering, then I read somewhere on craftster the following information, and it works like a charm!

    Definitely have to take the photo using the beautiful sun as the light source, without flash, and with a steady hand or tripod!

  7. Thanks for posting the question and all these wonderful answers. I always have problems.

    Think I'm my own worst enemy as only ever remember to take a photo after they've been framed. I then end up crouched in a corner at a funny angle so there is no light reflecting on the glass.

    Outside and pre-framing for me now

  8. I love this camera stitching!!!!!!!

  9. If you have a scanner, it can be really useful. It definitely captures every single stitch, warp and weft. Sometimes I can't get blues and reds to photograph right, and it helps with that.

    I use mine sometimes, but I also like being able to take pictures of embroidery in its "natural environment" which the scanner isnt...