Portrait
black and white photo of a baby held against a woman's shoulder
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For a long time, I felt nervous whenever I got client inquiries about newborn or baby photography. But after gaining some experience over the years, I realized there's no need to be intimidated. Creative baby photography doesn't require specific props, lights or instructions. It requires heart, soul, patience, time and — most of all — imagination.
Tamara Bowman
drawing of a cat with blue eyes and nose colored in with colored pencil
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Let's be real: you can make the most gorgeous kitty drawing, but if you don't get the eyes just right, the whole thing can look a bit off. Don't be a scaredy cat — perfecting feline eyes is easy if you know how to tackle the task.
Beginner
woman portrait cake in buttercream on teal background
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Face facts: there's more than one way to make a stunning portrait. For your next work of art, ditch the acrylic and paint in buttercream. (Bonus: you get to eat it when you're done!)
Beginner
Stumpwork
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Discover the magic of stumpwork as you stitch wired slips (embroidered leaves built over a wire shape on a separate hoop). Afterwards, learn to cut the stitched wired slips from the hoop, then insert the dimensional wire leaves securely into the main embroidery to complete the design.
Finishing
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Your embroidery is complete! Explore a few different ways to finish your hoop and get inspired for your next project.
Getting Started
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Jessica reviews the Modern Cameo design, including options for stumpwork or surface embroidery only, and stitching on cotton or linen fabric. Then she goes over the supplies you'll need and how to transfer the design to the background fabric.
Flowers & Flat Leaves
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After hooping up and transferring the design, start stitching the two-tone flat leaves for the flower crown. After that, Jessica guides you through woven-wheel roses, French knots, and detached chain stitch petals to complete the crown.
The Satin-Stitch Face
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Next, start stitching the cameo hair and face. Get Jessica's tips for making long parallel satin stitches with single strands of floss. You'll see how to work the fine details and troubleshoot any mistakes.
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Ready to stitch up something new? Join embroiderer Jessica Long and learn a fun variation on one of her most popular patterns, the award-winning Modern Cameo. Jessica walks you step by step through simple techniques for making long satin stitches, woven-wheel roses, French knots and more. Plus, find out how to up-level your embroidery with 3D stumpwork. This project can easily be customized and makes for a creative gift!
Jessica  Long
Jessica Long
realistic portrait work in progress with scattered colored pencils on the table
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Here's what's so great about colored pencils: they make even simple drawings look totally profesh. And once you get skilled in this medium, whoa. The photo-realistic effects you can create are absolutely incredible.
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