Going to the Dogs -- In Style!

     A young woman, who uses a service dog to help cope with certain
health issues, asked me recently to make a pouch to contain the dog's
official ID card, a bag for waste, and a few dog treats.  I was happy
to oblige and created this simple pouch.  I had time to create a plain
pouch before our trip out of town.  Strips of Velcro wrap around the
leash, holding it in place, so I call it a Dog Leash Pouch.

dog leash pouch plain

     When I showed this picture of the pouch to my machine embroidering
friends, they were shocked that I hadn't embroidered anything on
the pouch.  "You should at least embroider a dog bone," someone
suggested.  I took that as a challenge, so did create a dog bone
design.  I drew the motif in my digitizing program and then used
it for a multi-wave fill.  I made this next pouch for another friend
who has a dog.  (Isn't Zoltan a great name for a pooch?  He is a
terrier mix of some flavor.)  I arranged his name with Contour Print 30.

Zoltan pouch

     I decided that Cocoa, the service dog, needed a fancier pouch, too.
I knew her leash was red so kept with the color scheme from the first
pouch.  Contour Script 60 fit on this pouch.  Cocoa is all ready for a walk.

Cocoa with pouch

     A pouch like this can be handy for many other uses,
so I decided to create a larger pouch, too.  I also created a variety of
fill patterns, a few of which match the fills for the Fancy Water Bottle
.  You will recognize the bicycles, the cathedral windows, and the
shell motifs.  The two bone designs are new, and the hexagons and squares
appear on my Crazy Patch Pouches.  Here is a picture of all the fill
patterns.  See DLP_Stitch_Counts for information about design dimensions,
finished pouch sizes, and design names.  The stitch counts are included,
too, of course.  The design packs are available here and individual designs here.

dog leash pouch fills

     The embroidered panel for the small pouch fits in a 150 x 240 mm
or larger hoop.  The large pouch requires at least a 200 x 260 mm hoop.
Designs in both sizes include (a) guide lines for cutting off the median strip
that connects the two zippers and (b) centering lines for adding text to the

dlp 01

     Notice that there are two horizontal centering lines.  If you would
like to omit the lower zipper, as in the pouches shown below, then you
would omit the guide lines for cutting off the median strip (since you
don't need them) and position your design at the higher horizontal line.
Use the lower horizontal line for a two-zipper pouch.  The instructions
included with the designs have this information, too.  I used Contour
60 and 75 for the small and large pouches, respectively.

2 1-zipper pouches

     For the dog leash pouches, I added a loop of webbing to each side
seam.  I slip the Velcro strips into the loops and then wrap the strips
around the leash.  Most leashes aren't as fat as the kind service dogs
wear.  The following picture shows that one Velcro strip can be fastened
to the handle of a leash and the other to the leash itself.  This will
prevent the pouch from sliding down the leash and touching the dog.

pouch on leash

     If you prefer, you can use only one loop and attach a D-ring or swivel
clip to it.  You can also omit the hardware entirely, as I did for the one-
zipper pouches.  If you have any other hardware you would like to attach,
you can certainly find a way to do so.  Just make sure you move the slider
into the area of the pouch before attaching anything to the side seams.  (Ask
me how I know.)

Comments (2) -

This is an awesome idea. Love the designs and the bags/pouches, soooo, how did you know about the slider? hehehe... Wink


I think you know how I knew about the slider... the same way we learn all the good lessons... the hard way!  LOL


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Make yourself a beautiful Flower Tote bag for Spring with Leora Raikin

Make yourself a beautiful Flower Tote bag for Spring with Leora Raikin

Nothing suggests spring more than flowers. Walk around your neighborhood and the beauty and colors of spring abound. This year in California we have been fortunate to have some additional rainfall, which has definitely helped our garden.

While I do not have the proverbial "green thumb" my eleven-year-old son has developed a passion for gardening. We have cornered off a section of the yard for him; we went to the nursery where he chose plants, and flowers and even strawberries. I have been amazed at the dedication he has shown to looking after his garden. He did all the planting himself and for the first few weeks watered in the morning and then in the afternoon, the minute he arrived home from school.  Many days I am greeted by an excited voice, calling Mom, the strawberries are starting to appear or the Strelitzias have bloomed another flower.   His excitement as the flowers begin to bloom and his garden takes shape due to his effort and commitment is wonderful to observe.

 While he tends to his garden in the afternoon I get to tend to my "proverbial garden". I get to sit next to him and stitch, embellish and embroider my flowers.  I get to decide if a button or bead is needed or if silk thread will enhance a particular feature of my sunflower. . We get to compare how our flowers look, how clever nature is and how beautiful my variegated threads are as they are inspired by nature, by their ever changing colors and subtleties. I look at the hand-dyed thread colors, like forest (54), moss ( 32), fern (4) and oak (10) and see how similarly they mirror the real thing.

  Below you will see the Rose Design and next to it the Sunflower. I had a stash of yellow beads which just "begged" to be stitched onto the sun flower, I am so excited with the results and when I was completed with the stitching and button work I stitched it onto this yellow bag. Every time I wear this bag, I receive so many compliments.  It is large enough to carry a lap top computer as well as all the other things I tend to carry in my bag. Till May 1st we will have the zebra black and white bag as well as the yellow (or blue) tote bag in stock. ($25.) That means when you are complete with your African Folklore Embroidery deign you can stitch it onto either of these bags and create a unique tote bag for yourself, of course it makes a great gift to give someone! Fantasy flower bag


While I am no gardener I can create my own African Folklore Embroidery garden with the many flower designs that we have. Of course the over 300 hand -dyed variegated threads that we carry which change color every two inches and are inspired by nature certainly help in creating my own " embroidered botanical garden". I am currently working on my fourth sunflower design. I have used silk ribbon, beads and fabric to embellish and then make into a tote bag. I could not think of a better and more pleasant way to spend quality time with my son, than watching him tend to his garden while I embroider and embellish one of the African Folklore Embroidery flower designs.  Many of my kits are available on annthegran here.   You can more designs on our website at http://www.aflembroidery.com/ receive FREE threads when you order $25.00 or more of threads till May 1st from either place.


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Big Event on May 1, 2010

Dear Friends,
Come to the Anaheim Park Hotel on May 1, 2010 for a big event!
A DAY IN SOUTH AFRICA, with African Folklore Embroidery fiber and embroidery artist, Leora Raikin, visual safari
 Anaheim Park Hotel, 222 West Houston Ave
 Fullerton CA
10:00 AM
 - Exhibition of African Folklore Embroidery by Leora Raikin, followed by an interactive and visual Lecture
12 PM - 1:30 PM
 - Trunk show, & book singing
 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 Workshop - Learn the stitching & beading techniques for African Folklore Embroidery.
To register, call Sandi at (714) 814- 6935 or e-mail cormaciheirlooms@att.net
Hosted by Mountainview Chapter of the Embroiderers

Leora Raikin,, Author Safari through African Folklore Embroidery

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