Do you have a Bitmoji? I do! Bitmoji is an app that allows you to create your own cartoon avatar and plop them into text messages. Why would one need a Bitmoji, you ask? Just think of a time when you were texting with a friend and find that words just simply won’t do. Fifty-five percent of communication is body language alone, and I’m an animated kind of gal, so it happens to me often. Enter Bitmoji. They’re pretty effective in getting your snarky, or loving, message across. For example …
That’s my friend Sri. Well, Sri as a Bitmoji. I’ve seen her make this face before in real life. It means you’re on time-out for at least 10 seconds. (Sri is an extremely talented vocalist and musician. Check out her bands Smithfield Bargain and Doctors & Engineers!)
One bored night, I spent some time trolling Instagram and then decided to sift through my box of craft supplies to find something to do. After some inspiration from Thread Honey (IG: @threadhoney) and Kim Art (IG: @kimartdesigns) — it hit me. I should start a NEW embroidery project and actually finish it — and it should be a Bitmoji of Sri.
(And no, I’m not paid by Bitmoji. I just use them a lot. Probably too much. But I love them so!)
First, I needed to trace Sri’s Bitmoji onto the fabric. I don’t have a light box and I wasn’t going to buy one or spend too much time making one, so I had to improvise. All I needed was a piece of glass, a light, and something to prop the glass on. As you know, I have a ton of thrift store picture frames, so I just used one of those. After removing the back of a picture frame, I taped the printed Bitmoji to the front part of a picture frame. Then, I placed it over a lamp and traced away. Sometimes, I really surprise myself. Why didn’t I think of this before?!
Once I had the image traced onto the fabric I began embroidering the image — starting with light colors then moving to darker colors. When embroidering a face, I’ve found starting with light colors helps to reduce errors and improve layering. Dark colors are much harder to cover up. Your hair can accidentally be in your face. Your face can’t accidentally be in your hair. That’s just weird.
Success!! Here’s the finished product. I rummaged around my apartment and found a frame I think Sri would like. See the comparison at the bottom of this post. I love the way it came out. Now, on to the next embroidered Bitmoji!