The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Is it Fashion or Art? And a freebie to delight the little ones.

If you were to ask any 7-year-old   – “Is it Fashion or Art?” he would likely answer – It is a Fart

Well, it was a 7-year-old. Maybe it should be Fashart, pronounced ‘fa’ ‘shart’ with the accent on the second syllable. Or maybe it should be “artwear”. Whatever it is, you are in the middle of the most interesting and exciting craft that has been around for centuries and promises a lengthy future with challenges and innovations. (Did you see my Blog on 'wearing computers?')

I was looking through the emerging trends in embroidered fashion and found a couple I had not yet seen. With all that is on the Net, there is still things to see and dead links to follow.

Embroidered Watch

I thought this watch was incredible. In order to get details into this small of an area, both the digitizer and sewer need to take their work to new and fun levels. For instance, digitizing this type of design would have underlay that is very light and the stitching needs to be airy but detailed. They also had to make the dial withstand exposure to UV lights without fading and make it adequately able to resist minor bumps. Those are real challenges for certain. The sewer must find a #60 or even #80 weight thread and a needle sufficient to get the work done but not create a birds nest or other malfunction. Every stitch must have a purpose and still be alive enough for the viewer.

The process is very different from using gems or paint, so they would have created a new technique to make it worthy of the name on the watch. Embroidery has been used for about 3 years now and every design is unique. 

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Embroidered Snake Skin

The next thing I "found" was called "embroidered python skin." I was never able to find an article of clothing, but the concept was interesting. If you have never seen a snake shed its skin, here are a couple just FYI.


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Embroidered Bombardier, Bomber, Aviator, Baseball Jacket

there is something more ubiquitous than the denim jean, it has to be the 'bomber jacket.' It was first seen in the early 1900s in World War I, World War II, Korean War (any wartime), the 1950s as a baseball jacket, the rebellious 1960s, the popularity of the 'Top Gun' movie, and any time in between. The original 'bomber jacket' were made of leather with a snug wrist, waist, and necklines. They were originally lined in fur because the planes that held the bombers were open and/or not insulated from the extreme cold of the 25,000 feet at which they flew. The MA-1 (and lots of other military codes) was a state of the art for its time and is still a staple for men and women worldwide.

Embroidery designs on the earlier jackets were generally patches, but now, 'embroidery on the leather' is much more common and VERY CHIC! Don't forget that embroidering on leather has its own set of very strict rules.

If you know a Vet, this is the gift of true pride.

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I hope you enjoyed this trip through the fashion trends. Of course, tomorrow will bring something very new and glamorous.

A QUICK TIP: ANY TIME you are doing a design that has an outline, ALWAYS baste your design first. A large percentage of misaligned outlines are because the design shifts a very small amount, 1mm or 1/25" is very visible. Baste will make it work. I see reviews for designs indicating this is an issue but it is seldom a digitizing problem.

The Freebie for this blog is a frame around a framed design of vampires.  The outside frame is one you will use again and again, it is very versatile. I am going to frame a bouquet of flowers with this embellishment. The vamps are cool too.

There is so much detail on this design that it is just about perfect. If any one has a tip on how to cut VERY small jump stitches, please let us all know. I used an Exacto Knife on it but there are still two stitches I just could not get.

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