Unexpected Hiatus

I’ve been gone for too long from this blog. It started last year when I started having health issues. The doctors are still not one hundred percent on what’s wrong but they have settled on Anxiety Attacks. Back in 2015, I got a concussion while skating in a Roller Derby game in Vagas. A month later I started having paralytic episodes where I couldn’t move or talk and sometimes would shake uncontrollably. These happened on and off for most of 2015 and into 2016. The end of 2015 took my mother from me so the beginning of 2016 was extra hard. Finally, it seemed like I was getting better from these episodes despite the stress I was experiencing. It seemed that the medication they were giving me was the cure. However, I was mistaken, the meds started causing more harm than good by the middle of last year and I ended up having to shut down my whole business completely. I could barely take care of myself in my home. I couldn’t leave the house for the most part and I thought my life was over. The episodes had not only come back but were much worse and more frequent than before. Towards the end of last year, around September, I finally figured out that it was all the medication they were giving me. Once, I started weaning myself off it, I started to feel better. Slowly over the last six months, I’ve been getting better, getting back to myself again.  This month I was finally able to open my business back up and am back to a short but regular work schedule. I’m even back to roller derby.

Unfortunately, I still have several other health issues I am working out still, but none are completely debilitating. I’m glad to finally have my health under control and be back to doing what I love, Sewing!

Thank you,

Angela Perez

WolfChild Designs

Embroidering on a different place

Most people come to me with shirts or jackets or the occasional blanket to embroider. Yesterday I got this rush job from a repeat client I did 40 shirts for sometime ago. These are some industrial work aprons for some of his worker. They need to go out first thing tomorrow so I’m here at my shop getting these done. It took a bit of creative finagling to get this particular apron into my embroidery machine. I really didn’t want to have to make a patch for them. I settled on using the ever amazing Fast Frames System! This awesome hooping system has saved my life multiple times! I was lucky enough to get them with my machine. They are great for tricky, hard to hoop items. Basically it tricks your embroidery machine into think that the largest hoop is in the machine. Then it has smaller centered attachments of varying size to hoop the items.

However, even with the fast frames system I still ended up having to open one side of the pocket I was trying to embroider on. I couldn’t find the middle size hoop attachment so I had to use the larger one, which was just a little too bit for the pocket to move freely while embroidering.

Here is pictures of the process of making these for Autobahn Tint AZ

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The digitized file for Autobahn
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I ended up having to open one side of the pocket stitching
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All clipped to the Fast Frames hoop
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Completed Autobahn Embroidery
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All three Autobahn embroidered aprons

 

…and we’re back!

First let me apologize for the long break I’ve taken from updating this blog. At the end of last year my life kind of fell apart and I’ve been slowly putting the pieces back together. I spent several months dealing with severe illness and then the passing of my mother in December. It’s been a very long to get back to my life and my business. I’m not all the way there yet but hopefully I will get there someday. Right now I’m just here, doing the best that I can for today. I have a few exciting projects I’m starting this year. One of which is me getting back into cosplay! I will be attending Phoenix ComicCon this year with some friends as the main characters from Final Fantasy X, the first FF game I’ve ever finished!

Thanks for reading! See ya soon!
Angela
WolfChild Designs

Reblog: Free Steampunk Mustache Wallpaper for March

 

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We thought we would offer another FREE wallpaper design to celebrate March and our latest Steampunk Alphabet collection. This design was made by our talented artist Danielle! She helped design the Steampunk Alphabet and decided it was too much fun not to create a snarky poster out of it (and other crazy things like THIS).

So without further ado, we present the Urban Threads School of Mustaches free downloadable poster! Because knowing your steampunk mustaches from one another is an important life skill ;)

As a special treat, we have it available as a letter size poster print that you can print out and stick on your wall too! Click the image below to get that poster print.

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click image to download!

Also available in the usual formats for your computer desktop, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, or Android phone, just click the buttons below to download and load onto your device. Don’t fret if you have a different kind of phone or device, one of these is sure to work :)

~Enjoy!

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Loving that alphabet and all things Steampunk? Don’t forget they’re all ON sale now through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

Free Steampunk Mustache Wallpaper for March
Niamh
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:00:29 GMT

ReBlog:DIY palm gloves

</a>I like fingerless palm gloves, but I have a hard time finding them. Most of the mass produced gloves/ armwarmers are too long, too tight, or bad fabric. So I started making my own. I’ve made several pairs, and now that I think I have the kinks worked out, I want to share this easy how-to with you.
Need: Needle, good shears, microfiber socks or any stretchy sock that fits over your hand, matching thread.
I used plain 99 cent socks from the local thrift store, but you could use tiedye, stripes, or unicorn farts and bunnies if you so desire. This is a good reuse of socks that wear holes in the heel or toe, because that part gets cut off any way.
Start by triming off the anckle part of the sock right at the heel. As you can see, the formed heel will limit where you cut at, but you want to get as close to the heel as you can to ensure a good length to the glove.

Turn the tube inside out and slide it onto the fingers of your off hand with the raw end towards your wrist. Turn down about 1/2 inch of the raw edge. This will be the new seam that lay across your knuckles. Using a whip stitch, work your way around the raw edge. Run the needle at a right angle to the raw edge. This way the threads will lay diagonally on the under or ‘wrong’ side (which is currently facing you), but will lay straight on the right side. If you keep the threads straight, they should blend in with the knit of the sock (which is why I had to use white thread for the demo, the threads blended in -too- well).

Wrong side

Right side
Now slide the sock onto your hand. You can try to with the new hem and the old hem towards the fingers to see if it makes a difference, but whichever you choose, make sure you have both socks the same direction before cutting the thumb hole! With the sock on, mark the place where your thumb sticks out the most. Cut a TINY HOLE at this spot. Socks are stretchy, and it only takes a few cut threads to open up to a thumb sized hole. I wanted most of my thumb base to show too, so my hole is the size of the cap of a marker (smaller than an American dime). If you want just your thumb, and not the base, to show, you will want to make a SMALLER HOLE.
Position the tube so that it sits where you want (close to the knuckles? over the knuckles? across mid palm?) mine is set to go over the knuckles. Cut the spot directly over your thumb knuckle.

This spot. the one the skizzors are pointing at.

Same spot, without sock.

Carefully put the wrong side out sock on your fingers again (be gentle as runs may occur) and fold back the raw edge so that it lay on the wrong side (you will have to fold it back as you sew) and start a whip stitch around the edge in the same way as you did for the cuff. You can run a running stitch around the hole first to hold the edge where you want it, but in my experience the running stitch will have to be removed to allow the sock to stretch around your thumb.

Wrong side

Right side
Tie the ends off and you’re good to go! This would be a good time to point out how much of my thumb sticks out of that TINY HOLE I cut earlier. Like I said, socks is stretchy.

Oh, and why to do with the rest of the sock? Make a big hair tie!
I removed the toe and heel seam, folded the resulting tube in half with right side out, tri-folded it with the raw edges in the middle and added a couple knotted whip stitches about every inch to hold the ends together. Or you could just roll the tube from one end to the other (like how pantyhose roll up when you’re taking them off) and leave the raw edge to fray naturally. I was kinda suprised at how good of a hair tie it is.

DIY palm gloves
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 18:46:34 GMT