This was a cool project I did with my Grade 7,8,9 class. It's quite tedious and time consuming, so is a good lesson in patience and perseverance; a definite era of challenge for some of today's students!
I started by showing photo examples of embroidered photography online. |There are lots of examples. Many contemporary embroiderers are pushing the boundaries of the age-old craft to produce unique hand-stitched pieces. Han Cao, and Flore Gardner are a couple of good examples.
Students chose a high resolution photo online and then I printed each one onto cardstock.
You need thick paper for this to work.
They used a thumbtack to punch evenly spaced holes in the areas they wanted to stick. They could stick over specific areas, or add new stiches to totally transform the image.
We used embroidery floss and tapestry needles.
Some of the finished ones: