So my business partner John has been pushing me to do Christmas stockings. I didn’t care to do them at first, but I think there is a real market there. I started making them with MY flare. I made a few out of vinyl and some with funky designs. Well, he decided to have me make one out of leather and take it down to this local leather shop. We just had a meeting with the owner of Joeta’s Leather, she was super nice. I had spent the last week trying to get some leather stuff made to show her. Got some purses, stockings, bracelets and other stuff made and she loved all of it. I was hoping she would put my stuff in her store, however she had others ideas. When she saw that I could do embroidery on the leather she got super excited because she gets tons of requests for custom embroidery all the time. She’s going to refer me embroidery work now. I’m pretty excited. She’s a big name in the biker scene and has lots of connections. She said she could keep me in business with the amount of embroidery stuff she can throw my way. She also invited me to vend for free at one of the biggest biker events in Arizona. I’m super stoked, but a little stressed out cause I’ve still got lots of other stuff to do. Well I guess I better get back to work.
So that one piece of leather I had turned into several pieces of different color and thickness. Im excited to start working with leather but sometimes while I`m working I remember that it was once an animal and it makes me sad. But such is the way of life. I like to think that these animals are happier now then they were in life. Their sacrafice will not be in vain I shall put their skin to good use so they will live on in the lives of people who enjoy my products.
Me: This was too cool not to share.
In preparation for the American Embroidery Conference next month I have been experimenting with using embroidery plus other techniques. I become very excited when I think of a “new” way to use embroidery designs. One of my favorite sayings regarding embroidery is “the proof is in the stitching” and this is very true when applied [...]
Embroidery Plus – experimenting with multiple techniques
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:39:44 GMT
There is a kernel of a really cool idea in the Carma Project, sponsored by ad firm Leo Burnett Lisbon. They made a bike with as many reclaimed car parts as possible, and it looks kinda sweet! That said, I really would have preferred that it had been made out [...]
Making a Bike Out of Car Parts
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:30:46 GMT
So my friend "Hummingbird" owns a flight suit that he loves. He wears it for all sorts of things, from dicking around his apartment while wearing aviator sunglasses to keeping the insulation off of him while he rewires his latest project house. For reference, I'm pretty sure it's a Nomex flight suit (based on the construction), but I haven't exactly checked the tags to make sure.
I have a lot of patterns. 203, at last count. Plus the retro one I bought last week at the op shop. Oh, and the one I hadn't counted as I bought it to make up as a gift. Plus... never mind.
Anyway, lots. I found myself frequently thumbing through them, either for inspiration or looking for a particular pattern I wanted to sew.