Custom Embroidery: An Extended Family

Back in October a customer approached me about stitching up over half a dozen portraits of her extended family. I spent the months leading up to the holidays stitching them up. It was such a privilege to be asked to do such an order and I had such fun creating each one.

Here’s a peek at a few of them.

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Shop Update: New shoes and a new studio space

Etsy is a weird bird. There are times when it is super silent and then times that it seems to explode. All of a sudden I was swarmed with shoe orders and I’ve been steadily working trying to stay ahead. Here’s some of the shoes I’ve done recently (and my first time with Converse high tops!)

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And the biggest news is that after nearly 3 years of working in my dining room I am FINALLY moved back into my “new/old” studio space. We still have some work to do (trim, painting, hanging shelves etc) but all of my sewing stuff is finally in one spot and I am so relieved! Today was my first day of “working” down there officially and man it’s awesome. Here it is while I was bringing everything down and trying to get organized…

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And here it was this morning 🙂

 

 

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Shop Update: New stuff

I’ve been horrible about posting here and like always I’ve got great plans to become a better blogger…let’s hope. Just as an aside, this website space is going to look pretty wonky for a while. I’m in the process of redoing my website and until then I’m having issues with spacing and alignment and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Here’s a few new things hitting the shop and a few customs I’ve finished over the last couple of weeks.

This C.S. Lewis quote was on my to stitch list for.ev.er and I finally came up with a design I half liked and then it sat unfinished for months. I finally finished it this week and I do love how it turned out.

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For once in my business life I feel a little bit ahead of the holiday game. This pattern is one that I’ve been working on for the past couple of months and is designed off of a vintage Christmas card I saw. The pillow will eventually be up for grabs in the shop (and there’s a tutorial coming soon on how to make it yourself), but for now you can grab the pdf pattern available in the shop. It’s a great pattern for beginners and those more advanced. I liken it to a stitch sampler – it’s full of many easy, yet common, embroidery stitches.

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I’ve done a few pairs of shoes… I love stitching shoes.

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I finished up this hoop for a customer’s teacher gift. I had so much fun stitching this little class. Untitled

 

I finished up a custom family portrait and this one with a little dog! (these make great gifts by the way!)

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And I introduced my new ornaments for the 2015 holiday season. These are available now at a reduced price for pre-order. Order yours before October to get the discount!

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an embroidery update

Some of the things my hands have been stitching lately…

I’m currently working on a 50th anniversary commission and I’m so excited with how these little people turned out. It was a rough start to figure out how to do their faces, but I think I got it figured out!

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Custom embroidery on a baptismal gown

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I’m still stitching up shoes

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An animal nursery set

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I updated a version of some lyrics from Hillsong United’s Oceans song.

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Another floral birth announcement

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Continuing with my button stars series, I stitched up a portion of a song by Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings

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And I participated in the Freaky Flower Swap on the &stitches blog

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And I leave you with a picture of my silly campers. This was my first time doing a sewing camp and wow! was it ever exhausting but fun. This one was called Mustaches, Monsters and Masks.

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custom wedding vows

Last year I was approached via email by a husband wishing to gift his wife with a custom embroidery of his wedding vows to her. There was a catch to it – they had been married in front of this amazing tapestry that hung from the ceiling behind them in Adelaide, Australia. He wanted this design to incorporate portions of the tapestry.

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It was such a joy to create this embroidery for him to gift his wife with on their anniversary last year.

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Then something so lovely happened – his wife approached me in December asking if I would create the same sort of embroidery for her with her vows to him for their half-annivesary. I can’t tell you what it means to have a customer come back and request another embroidery. So humbling and amazing.

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We decided to keep the design pretty much the same, but had to work around the fact that her vows were a little bit longer than his. She also wanted to incorporate portions of the tapestry, but we decided to use different squares and I ended up adding this one wavy portion to the top.

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I had such fun crafting these tapestry squares and working on my satin stitching skills!

And I pray an amazing half-annivesary to them both.

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I’m currently not taking any custom embroidery orders while I’m having a little bit of a break. But please check back or contact me concerning future custom availability.

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