So I finally finished the portrait of Rosie. I still need to mat and frame her but here's how it's turned out so far.
I learned a few things while working on this project. After doing what I hope is not permanent nerve damage to my index finger, I've decided that the best way to punch the holes is with a tac that has a nice gripping head on it. After squeezing on a straight pin for awhile I started to loose feeling in the tip of my finger. Clearly I wasn't doing it correctly. The tac works really great though.
I also learned that it's easier if you back the papers you are punching with something that gives, like a nice piece of cardboard. This allows the pin (or tac!) to move all the way through both layers of paper easily.
And finally I learned that it would have been easier with actual embroidery floss, not just whatever sewing thread you just happen to have handy (that's what I get for randomly starting a project late at night without all the proper supplies.) If I had used embroidery floss I could have more easily created different line weights. which would have made the piece more interesting.
Overall it was a really fun and a surprisingly quick project. I can't wait to try it again now that I have a better understanding of what I'm actually doing.
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