I used Picasa to make the photo black and white and then I adjusted the fill light, highlights and shadows until I was happy, put the picture into paint and erased any unwanted areas. I then printed it onto normal paper with a laser printer and ironed it onto the fabric. I was delighted when it actually worked!
The hair is done in split stitch and the rest either in satin stitch or back stitch depending on the thickness.
I'd love some feedback on this because it is an important gift. At the moment I'm tossing up between making a book for her friends to sign with this on the cover, or just framing it. Any ideas would also be fantastic.