A How-To Guide on Great Reference Pictures

Reference pictures are one of the most important parts of the custom embroidery hoop process. 

Here are a few tips when submitting your photos! Please keep in mind that reference pictures play a major role in how the finished hoop will look. Blurry, pixelated, dimly lit photos are very hard to convey in thread, and I want to make sure your portrait is a good representation!

Now, I base your portrait embroidery specifically off the photos you send. That means that your embroidery is going to end up looking pretty much exactly like the photo you sent, so getting a well-lit, high-res photo is super important!

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Lighting is extremely important when trying to recreate colours and details. In these examples, I will be regarding pet portraits, but these guidelines relate to all images sent. 

When lighting your pet, even indirect light is perferred! Backlighting is not recommended because it washes out the colours and leaves details in the shadows, which can make the colours in the embroidered portrait incorrect and not true to life.

Blurry images are also very hard to work with because the details are left out and hard to recreate. 


Make sure your pet is well framed, not cropping any thing you'd like stitched out of shot. If I can't see it, it's hard to embroider. A headshot from the shoulders up is perferred. 


Please limit filters as they distort what the pet actually looks like. Natural colours in natural light is perferred. 


Your embroidered portrait will look as close to the photo you provide as possible, so the reference is super important! If you only have an old polaroid, and some of it is cropped, let me know and I can still do my best to work with what we've got! If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email me at