Jessy made an Instructable for using embroidery hoops to frame photographs. Since it involves piercing the photo, she scanned the originals and printed out new ones on photo paper.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Amanda

    Why not use transfer paper and put the photo onto the embroidery fabric? Then maybe use some embroidery to highlight parts of the fabric on the dress?

  • CJ

    Instead of piercing the photo, one could embroider a triangular pocket in each corner, much like paper photo corners. You’d still want to avoid using an original, though b/c the fabric isn’t pH neutral and it’ll be exposed to light, etc.