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Unread 06-24-2012, 01:40 AM   #1
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Ezio's ACII Embroidery

Hello, everyone! I'm making an Assassin apprentice cosplay for Comic-Con based mainly on Ezio's original Assassin outfit from ACII http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__.../8/8e/Ezio.jpg and one of the Florentine Assassin apprentices http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__...prentice_2.jpg


(Plus it'll have Ezio's cape and more pouches on the belts)

My problem is how to do the silver Renaissance-style embroidery patterns on the front of Ezio's drapes. I haven't been able to find a template for the design anywhere, and I'm not sure exactly how to go about it. I have some experience sewing, but this is my first hand-made cosplay. I was planning to make a template for the embroidery out of paper, then paint on the design with silver acrylic paint, and then do a satin-stitch over it with silver thread. But for someone who's an amateur at sewing, is painting it and then also doing the satin-stitch over-kill?

So my main questions are:
1) Does anyone have a clean template of the embroidery pattern?
2) Will silver acrylic paint even work on fabric?
3) Should I just skip the painting step and draw on the design with pencil instead, and then satin-stitch it from there?
4) Are there better methods to stitch it on?


Any answers would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!
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Unread 06-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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I'm on the same boat as you are! I'm going to use paint instead of embroidering.

Basically, you buy some regular acryllic paint and some fabric medium. You mix the paint and medium in the correct portions, and you'll end up with something suitable for fabric. :3 I recommend using a stencil and applying multiple coats just to get a nice, even colour. It will look a bit different than the fabric, but if you're not too comfortable with embroidering or other methods, this will work.

I've used it for t-shirts and such and it holds rather well, but you just need to make sure that you've got enough paint on it.

Here's a link.

Or, you could also check into iron-on transfers. Those didn't work very well with me, but who knows? It's at least something to check in to.

Good luck!
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Unread 06-26-2012, 01:59 AM   #3
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Ahh thank you so much! I didn't know about fabric medium o3o I'll definitely try that! I just hope the silver shows up on the white fabric.

And I thought about iron-on transfers, but the problem is finding that pattern, or anything close to it 8\ I've been trying to find Renaissance-like patterns, to no avail. It seems painting/stitching is the way to go.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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Seems like we're all at the same point...

Painting is sounding like a good option though. Are your pieces sewn together already? Mine are, and I'm worried that If I paint, it's gonna bleed through to the lining of the fabric -__- I guess it's not too big of a deal...

What about making a stencil and spray painting with regular spray paint, for an even coat?
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Unread 07-01-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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Sorry aragrey, I posted a comment in reply to yours on the same day, but it seems like it was lost 8\

My pieces are sewn together already, but you can always put a piece of cardboard inside to separate the front from the back when you paint 8]

And also, I would be wary of using spray-paint, because I've used it before for projects and it's messy, especially if you're trying to get little details. When you use paper as a stencil, the air from the spray-paint can lifts up the paper from the surface it's on so that the paint mists underneath it, making the design outline not clean. You also have to worry about the paint mist getting on other parts of the costume, so you should cover up anything you don't want it to get on. If you really wanted to use spray-paint though, you could try pinning the paper stencil down around all the edges or just use cardboard instead, but I think acrylic paint would be safer and easier overall.

Good luck to both of you! I hope to see what your finished costumes look like 8D
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Unread 07-09-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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My other half took the embroidery route for his AC2 Ezio:



It came out really well in the end, but there's a few things to beware of. Basically, this is not a cheap option. He bought a programmable embroidery sewing machine to do it, drew up the patterns and sewed them that way. It also used up a lot of thread - the gold and the silver ended up at a few km in the end. Getting everything lined up and in the right position was also... Well, let's say 'tricky' and leave it at that, shall we?
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Unread 07-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Oh wow, that's gorgeous!

I've committed to embroidery after a lot of thinking. Thanks for the tips mollsiewallsie!
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Unread 07-10-2012, 03:54 PM   #8
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My other half took the embroidery route for his AC2 Ezio:

It came out really well in the end, but there's a few things to beware of. Basically, this is not a cheap option. He bought a programmable embroidery sewing machine to do it, drew up the patterns and sewed them that way. It also used up a lot of thread - the gold and the silver ended up at a few km in the end. Getting everything lined up and in the right position was also... Well, let's say 'tricky' and leave it at that, shall we?
If you don't mind my asking, what machine did he wind up getting? Was seperate software necessary?

I'm aiming for an eventual acb cosplay, but after the joyous experience of ACR embroidery by hand ( :p ) i would prefer to use a machine and make more effecient use of the time to work on other things.
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Unread 07-10-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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My other half took the embroidery route for his AC2 Ezio:

It came out really well in the end, but there's a few things to beware of. Basically, this is not a cheap option. He bought a programmable embroidery sewing machine to do it, drew up the patterns and sewed them that way. It also used up a lot of thread - the gold and the silver ended up at a few km in the end. Getting everything lined up and in the right position was also... Well, let's say 'tricky' and leave it at that, shall we?
Oh man, that embroidery looks amazing. There's so much detail, and it turned out excellent. Unfortunately, I only have my mom's old sewing machine to work with, and since Comic-con is only a few days away and I'm still trying to finish a pouch and vambrace for my costume, I'm not going to get to the embroidery this time around. If I do end up adding it on later, I'll definitely post a template pattern and pictures.

Also, Fev, I've been following your spectacular AC cosplays for awhile and it makes me so happy that you're posting on here, I am beyond impressed with all of your stuff. I'm glad to hear you're going to finish the ACB cosplay, I can't wait to see what you do Your costumes and props are consistently absolutely legit and amazing 8P
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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My other half took the embroidery route for his AC2 Ezio:



It came out really well in the end, but there's a few things to beware of. Basically, this is not a cheap option. He bought a programmable embroidery sewing machine to do it, drew up the patterns and sewed them that way. It also used up a lot of thread - the gold and the silver ended up at a few km in the end. Getting everything lined up and in the right position was also... Well, let's say 'tricky' and leave it at that, shall we?
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Unread 07-12-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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If you don't mind my asking, what machine did he wind up getting? Was seperate software necessary?

I'm aiming for an eventual acb cosplay, but after the joyous experience of ACR embroidery by hand ( ) i would prefer to use a machine and make more effecient use of the time to work on other things.
I've just had a little check, and it's a Singer Futura machine. Think it cost us about £600 or so, but it comes with the software you need on it. It was a really good deal, since most embroidery machines are in the thousands. But the software is very good, it will digitise what you draw up in Photoshop and convert it to a pattern without too much hassle. You might be able to find them on eBay cheaper?

Obviously it can't do an entire length strip of, say, that gold all at once, so you have to be incredibly careful lining up each piece to make sure the joins are even. As you can probably tell, he did a lot of the embroidery pieces on separate sections of fabric, then joined them together, it was just a lot easier.
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I think I will try embroidery... I have a very old Model 51 Kenmore (so, like.. late 50's early 60s.. no frills) but you can embroider with it.. I'd have to draw the design by hand and go very slowly over the lines....

Just think.... women sat for months doing embroidery on men's jackets just 100 years ago... hah
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Unread 07-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #13
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Mollsie, did you manage to get your costume done in time for the con? Was looking for photos, and haven't come across it ><

And thanks! The ACB is -eventual- though. Finding time to make it has been proving hella difficult ><

Littleblondgoth- would you happen to have the particular model number? Futura as a brand dates back to at least 1794 lol. I'm seeing quite a number of models that do embroidery ^^ I'm loosely guess the 400?

Seriously, considering the number of hours put into just embroidery....oy. If the net cosplays have like, any embroidery, I'm feeling like, MACHINE. NOW lol
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Instruction manual says CE-250 / CE-350. Hope that helps.
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Unread 07-17-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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Fev, yeah I did finish it! The only thing I didn't finish that I had wanted (besides the embroidery) was the vambrace. I decided to only do one, and I finished it on time, but it was held together with industrial glue that smelled really terrible and it said all over the tube that the vapors caused cancer so I just threw that vambrace away LOL. The second attempt I didn't get to finish on time 8\ I'm hoping to finish the vambrace as well as a short blade and sheath for the next time around.

Here are some pictures of my costume from Comic-con: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3102604...57630614760032 I'm going to do an actual photo-shoot at Balboa Park (lots of Spanish/Italian-looking architecture) later this week, but those are the only pictures I have for now 8)
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