embroidery


I took a break after we did the I Heart Market in Durban last month, and then of course had to make like mad this week because the next market is suddenly upon us. We have a sweetie theme going this month, so I learned how to screenprint, printed some fabric and made these:

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

And then I’ve made a few dancing aprons. Black, some with detailing, some plain. I ran with 2 pockets only. They just don’t photograph that well so I only have a pic of the full length apron I’m calling Jumping Jellybeans. I used the Psychedelic Squares pattern from ‘A is for Apron’ – it’s a great classic apron style.

Jumping Jellybeans apron

Jumping Jellybeans apron

And in between, I’ve been doing a little embroidery…

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

A polite request

A polite request

I really love this RSA Hospital Use Only fabric. You might remember it from this post about the gift I embroidered for a friend, along with the Sublime Stitching Anatomical Heart. This time I turned it into a bag, and added a pocket because I decided it was time.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Can haz pocket.

Can haz pocket.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

A while back I posted about this lovely idea from Twig and Thistle. Since then I’ve seen it done a few times by other embroiderers. With another birthday to gift for, I decided to give it a go. Lucky for me, the birthday boy had chosen this beautiful ee cummings stanza as his birthday ‘motto’ (sort of), so I didn’t have to work to hard to come up with the perfect lines…

Text embroidery in progress.

Text embroidery in progress.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

After a mad burst of productivity last week, I took a bit of time on the weekend to try and recover from my cold and hang out with the family. I did find time on Saturday to make the matching snuggle pants for my husband and son…

Father-Son Snuggle Pants in retro astronaut print.

Father-Son Snuggle Pants in retro astronaut print.

But it turns out my family are particularly hard-wearing on pyjamas, apparently. My pants are the only ones that have not got a hole in the back. Note to self: reinforce all seams on future family snuggle pants.

So, I’m setting up a list of things I want to make, starting this week and hopefully not extending years into the future…

1 more pair of pyjama pants each for the family

Beach bag for my mother (yes Mom, I’ll do this first)

Embroidered bags – which means find the right pattern, embroider it and then make the bag, step-by-step photos here for sure

Embroidered pillowcases – I did one yesterday, and I want to embroider all our home pillowcases, just for fun

Sugar Skull from Sublime Stitching's Dia de los Muertos pattern set

Sugar Skull from Sublime Stitching's Dia de los Muertos pattern set

Aprons – I promised one to a friend, and I haven’t even made one for myself yet

Phew. Time to get sewing, I think.

Sew in Love | Twig & Thistle.

Twig & Thistle is a lovely blog I discovered recently and I’m totally inspired by this clever embroidered note. I have a plan to surprise a friend….

glitter, vinyl and thread.: the recent embroidery drama.

Hmmm, Amy’s got an interesting take on the Sublime Stitching/Urban Threads issue and I must say she’s got me thinking. I still think the designs are a little too close to Jenny’s for comfort, and I disagree with Amy that there’s only so many ways to do this kind of design – the pose is ridiculously similar for one. But I agree with her that it’s kind of weird that we haven’t heard any public statements from Jenny about this. It’s all been a bit strangely handled, frankly. But I’m not in the know, or part of the blogging/crafting community really, and all I can say is I still think Urban Threads ripped off Jenny’s designs. That doesn’t make them evil, and in some ways it’s a compliment, but I see a lot of instances while trawling the web, and even in stores, where it’s obvious a company or individual has totally ripped off someone else’s design. And it’s annoying. Ripoffs can be cool, but they should, I feel, be acknowledged, and they definitely shouldn’t be sold as your own designs.

On Supernaturale I found what appears to be Jenny’s original mail that Amy refers to. It seems pretty straightforward…

Dinosaurs and Robots: $upport Independent Business and Reject the Fakers.

I’m a big fan of Jenny Hart and her fabulous designs for Sublime Stitching, and I’m appalled to read that Urban Threads are shamelessly ripping off those designs. I’ve mailed Jenny to say so, but I also wanted to share this with all of you, because it just really pisses me off. Plus, this is a good article about why it should piss you off too.

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