Tuesday

Off-Roading and Embroidery do go together!


Not only do I enjoy off-roading, but I also enjoy creating cool things to wear or use that feature the Toyota FJ and off-roading. This design was drawn by a friend, based on my DHs idea, to create stickers for our group/non-group of off-roaders. I thought it was so cool and would be perfect as an embroidery design on shirts. Up to the point of seeing this design and imagining it for embroidery uses I had never digitized anything to be turned into a sewn patch. I have a Pfaff 2144 and at that time 3D Creative Suite. The software is for the PC and allows you to take your original designs and create embroidery that can be transfered to your sewing machine to sew out on shirts, bags, jackets....whatever you can imagine...

When I first loaded the art (from a jpeg) into my PC and started creating the digitized artwork I ended up with about 35,000 stitches over a size of 100mm x
90mm. If you do machine embroidery you know that is a lot of stitches in that amount of space. So I had to start fiddling with it to reduce the number of stitches. I reduced the number of colors and some of the detail. I finally got it down to 15,000 stitches and it comes out perfectly on polo shirts. I stabilized with a stay in stabilizer on the wrong side and a water soluble stabilizer on top. I used all Robison-Anton thread. Initially I had issues with thread breakage, but found some titanium needles at the sewing shop in JoAnns and I have to say that I can sew just about anything with these needles. The FJ comes in many different colors, so when I get to the body color I just use whatever color thread needed for the FJ that I'm making.


See embroidery and off-roading do go together!

16 reviews:

Karen said...

So awesome! Very crafty and tough at the same time. Way to unite your interests.

blazedanielle said...

What fun embroidery! What a wonderful balance of sweet and rugged ! ;)

Lynne said...

That is absolutely fabulous! I am soooo impressed! I haven't done any digitizing, but what an awesome job you did, especially for a first try! Very cool.

M.Kate said...

Beautiful embroidery..but you'll probably figure out now that I can't sew at all, dont even have a sewing machine but I do admire everyone else work :)

Liza said...

awesome designs! i do embroidery too but more on hardanger and cross stitch ;)

cheers!

alamodestuff said...

Very cool! I've always wanted an embroidery machine.

ThePeachTree said...

I love it! I'd get one for myself :)

The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Your work is beautiful! I always enjoy when I come to your blog.

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Hippie Dippy Designs said...

Wow that is just too cool!

JulieAnnA said...

what a neat idea! i would love to be able to turn my work into embroidered designs! the truck is too cute!

RunAliceRun said...

Very creative!!

Start To Finish Supplies said...

You have a great blog. I have linked your blog to mine that way I can keep up with what you are up to! Have a great day!

Marlaine said...

You've done an amazing job translating the art to embroidery! Wow!

Peggy said...

Oh wow, the picture is cute and it turned out awesome!

ixela said...

Great and lovely idea... nicely done!!!

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

wow, what a neat artwork! from 35,000 to 15,000 but still looks so good! great job!

Jean Chia

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