CAN I TURN MY PHOTOGRAPHS INTO EMBROIDERIES??????

George Clooney "immortalized" in thread!
George Clooney “immortalized” in thread!

CAN I TURN MY PHOTOGRAPHS INTO EMBROIDERIES? I get asked this question quite frequently. There is a lot to be said for capturing memories and special people in mediums other than a jpeg photograph – which, of course, is lovely…..But those of us who have ELNA  embroidery machines also like to know if we can actually EMBROIDER our photo’s too. I am happy to tell you that YES, you can.

Now in order to be able to embroider something, the embroidery stitches first have to be created – this process is called digitizing.  Our JANOME DIGITIZER MBX software gives you the ability to do this digitizing. It is our latest software version 4. This software package includes a tool called PHOTO CLICK  which is the tool we would recommend for turning your precious jpeg pics into embroideries. Some previous versions of JANOME DIGITIZER  also contain the PHOTO CLICK tool.  I know version 3 does. Maybe version 2 – not sure as I can’t remember back that far! If you have the little camera icon, you too can digitize your pics!

Another point: here in Canada we supply JANOME EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE to our Elna dealers & customers. It is the same software as both Janome & Elna use the jef format so it is quite interchangable.  If you have an older Elna embroidery machine that does not recognize jef format, you may need to first check with your local ELNA dealer if the format your machine requires is available on our JANOME DIGITIZING  software. Probably is but worth checking this detail.

Capture your home & street address in fabric & thread............are you beginning to see the possibilities?
Capture your home & street address in fabric & thread…………are you beginning to see the possibilities?

This post is not a lesson in how to use PHOTO CLICK. Lessons on how to use your ELNA/JANOME DIGITIZING SOFTWARE can be obtained from the following places:

  • Your local ELNA  dealer who sold you the software package – they are your first go to place for help and software lessons.
  • Trevor Conquergood of Saskatoon, SK has ongoing webinars and software workshops as well as DVD’s etc. Please consult his website : http://www.sunsetstitches.com/Home.html
  • The Instruction Manual and/or DVD that came with your software is a great place to start. I know we don’t like reading manuals but seriously, they are there for a reason!

What I rather wanted to do here was show you that turning your pics into embroideries IS a do-able project. Please do not think that the embroidery will be an EXACT replica of Great Aunt Milly. If you try to digitize a jpeg photograph using regular digitizing tools,  it will not be very successful. This is because the Digitizing software tries to analyse each & every different pixel of colour in the jpeg and what results is this complex mish-mash of tiny embroidery sections that, quite frankly, look like a dog’s breakfast! HOWEVER, if you use the PHOTO CLICK  tool instead, it has the capability to analyse the jpeg photograph differently and render it into a close copy of the photo though NOT capturing every minute detail in the pic. Let’s look at some embroideries that were digitized using PHOTO CLICK.

photoclick 1

This was an exercise in using the Photoclick tool for multiple COLOURS in the embroidery - can be done!
This was an exercise in using the Photoclick tool for multiple COLOURS in the embroidery – can be done!
This is not a jpeg photograph - it is a digital artwork file....a drawing of a zebra. This is to show you can use this same PHOTOCLICK tool to digitize other pics - they do not have to be photographs.
This is not a jpeg photograph – it is a digital artwork file….a drawing of a zebra. This is to show you can use this same PHOTOCLICK tool to digitize other pics – they do not have to be photographs.
Here is one version of that zebra PHOTO CLICKED using a 70 degree angle for the grain and a 30 degree angle for the stitches. This can be altered easily for different effects
Here is one version of that zebra PHOTO CLICKED using a 70 degree angle for the grain and a 30 degree angle for the stitches. This can be altered easily for different effects.
This is my precious little grand daughter. I am going to use Photo Click to digitize her and then stitch "her" out in a soft brown thread to make it look a bit like a sepia photograph.

This is my precious little grand-daughter. I am going to use Photo Click to digitize her and then stitch “her” out in a soft brown thread to make it look a bit like a sepia photograph.

My little one immortalized in thread ....note that there are irregularities which was caused by thread shredding & breaking issues. Once I changed to a PURPLE TIP needle, the issues stopped - see bottom right corner where the embroidery is much improved.  see blog post coming on 10th May all about our NEEDLES

My little one immortalized in thread ….note that there are irregularities which was caused by thread shredding & breaking issues. Once I changed to a PURPLE TIP needle, the issues stopped – see bottom right corner where the embroidery is much improved.  SEE the blog post coming on 10th May all about our NEEDLES

Now for the our other little one soon to be a year old:

B

I found that photographs that have lighter backgrounds and not too much fussy detail work better. I also played with the settings in Photo Click to alter the results.

I found that photographs that have lighter backgrounds and not too much fussy detail work better. I also played with the settings in Photo Click to alter the results.

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About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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2 Responses to CAN I TURN MY PHOTOGRAPHS INTO EMBROIDERIES??????

  1. margaret says:

    I Recently purchase some embroidery designs that had the format gif would this be the same as
    elna -janome format jef

    • lizafrica says:

      No, Margaret. Gif is a graphics format and does not have embroidery stitches at all. A gif would have to be digitized with an embroidery software program and saved as a jef format for your machine.

      Liz
      ELNA CANADA

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