Free hand machine embroidered pet portraits, using photographs as a reference.
Free hand, or free motion, machine embroidery is the method of using a sewing machine as a drawing tool. Each portrait is made up of many layers of stitch to achieve a realistic quality, taking notice of light, shadow and fur direction. The sewing machine is controlled by hand, with each stitch placed with specificity.
Custom pet portraits can be purchased via my shop, which is open during specific periods, as announced on Instagram.
For more examples, please visit #Leighlalovesyou on Instagram.