Gozer: [after Ray orders her to re-locate] Are you a God?
[Ray looks at Peter, who nods]
Dr Ray Stantz
: No.
: Then… DIE!
[Lightning flies from her fingers, driving the Ghostbusters to the edge of the roof and almost off; people below scream]
Winston Zeddemore
: Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES”!

This movie? It’s a nerdy classic as far as I’m concerned. I wasn’t even in kindergarten when it came out — so yes, the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man was pretty scary to me at the time. And Slimer was extra scary, since I was used to him being a chummy pet in the cartoon version. That, along with Peter Venkman and crew, made this an unforgettably geeky film.

I went searching for new embroidery subjects, and Mike suggested the Ghostbusters logo. Perfect! This little project – and it is very little, about 3 inches by 3 inches – is quick and a good example of how to transfer almost any drawing into embroidery. And it’s a technique that doesn’t cost a thing.

Step one:

Trace a picture — just about any picture — onto a new piece of paper. If you already have a line drawing printed from the computer, you’re all set! If not, trace away! Keep in mind that sleek lines are easiest to embroider. The simpler the pattern, the simpler it will be to transfer to fabric and thread. For the Ghostbusters logo, I traced the top photo with a sharpie, using my iPad as a lightbox. You can also hold up the picture to a window and trace.

Step two:

Cut around the borders of the line drawing and pin to your fabric. It helps to stretch your fabric in your hoop first, then pin.

Step three:

Sew an outline through the paper and fabric layer. I used a simple running stitch to outline the entire logo in white cotton — a much thicker weight floss than I normally use to emphasize the borders.

Step four:

Once you’re done with your outline, tear the paper off. Be careful to keep your stitches intact; you’ll find that thinner-weight paper will be better to tear away, but honestly you can use regular printer paper and get away with it.

Step five:

Embellish. Here’s where you can add nicer stitches for texture and flair. I used a satin stitch to fill in the circle around the ghost.

Step six (optional):

Wrap your fabric around a piece of cardboard or the back of a frame, secure (I used fabric glue) and slip your embroidery into its own little display. I got this little frame at Target for $2, making it the perfect unobtrusive accessory to sit on my boyfriend’s dresser.

Voila — in just a couple hours, you have a little nerdy treat!

Just a note: I almost always embroider on solid fabric, but I had this fabric with a pixellated pattern and couldn’t resist the fun contrast of embroidery and repeated (nerdy) pattern. I’m glad I did it – it turns the embroidery into a completely unique piece, rather than simply the Ghostbusters’ logo popping out of a plain background.

~ Kristina