For the first nine years of my life my dad was in the Navy on nuclear submarines, and the Navy was a very important part of our lives. We saw some neat places and met some neat people…some we’re even still in touch with. About the time I was going to get started on my mom’s Xmas sweatshirt I also bought the Classic Tattoo Designs book. In it, on page 7, was the cutest “sailor girl” design that I knew my mom would love. I printed it out at 70% using the CD-ROM that came with the book, then traced it through the back with a transfer pen, and ironed it on to a sweatshirt that I got at Kohl’s.
Another present I made for my mom was a matching Irish-themed charm bracelet and pair of earrings. (I also made the bracelet for my sister-in-law.) I got all the supplies from one of our favorite stores, Michaels. They have got the coolest jewelry making section.
Our next project is to create a white box for taking photos of our projects so the waffle weave of the paper towels won’t show
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My favorite band in the world is The Clash, dubbed “The only band that matters”, they are just that to me. Their songs tell stories about people, places, governments, feelings, and a whole lot more that really speak to me. Of all their songs, Train in Vain, alternately titled Stand By Me, is my favorite. I can listen to it over and over again for hours. I love singing it, and I love the raw emotions of the song that Mick belts out.
For Xmas, Todd embroidered a personalized Clash logo on the front left on a comfy zip up sweatshirt and Train in Vain and Stand By Me banners on the back. Besides being my favorite band and favorite song, I love that I have something to wear that Todd made just for me – and it’s one of a kind.
And through thick and thin, I’ll stand by you.
For Xmas this year, Todd and I decided that we didn’t want to go all crazy and spend too much money on gifts that people might or might not even want. So, instead we embroidered the bulk of our gifts to everyone. I also decided to step up my game this year and try to make what I did…more. More than just outlining a pattern. I wanted to stretch my embroidery skills, and the best examples of this are the shirts I embroidered for Todd and my brother Erik. I bought Dickies work shirts from the local Farm & Fleet for a great price and embroidered these for Todd and Erik above the left-hand pocket:
I have a tendency to do everything in with all 6 strands of floss, but this time I played around with using 1, 2, 4, and 6 strands of floss, depending on which part of the design I was working on. I’m very pleased with how they both turned out, and Todd and Erik were both very appreciative of the effort I put into their gifts.
The patterns I used are from a royalty free book Classic Tattoo Designs. This book is really cool, and I have visions and dreams of creating more of these shirts that I can sell to my friends, or when we get an Etsy shop. The pattern I used for Erik’s shirt is on page 30. I printed it out at 100%, hand traced it with a transfer pen, then ironed it on to stabilizer. That was my first experience with stabilizer paper, and I have to say that I probably won’t use it again. It was very tedious getting it off after I was finished. Todd’s design is on page 19, and that one took a little bit of finagling. The horse shoe shown was upside down, and I’ve always associated that with bad luck. Being the librarian I am, I did a bit of internet research, and it turns out an upside down horse shoe means that you’re using your luck right now (versus saving it with the upside right horse shoe). Since I knew that most people would see it upside down and then figure it was bad luck, I used tracing paper to trace the horse shoe. Then I flipped it around and traced the flowers on the side, banner, and four leaf clover. After that, I put it in my scanner/printer and printed it out. I then used white transfer paper and a stylus to trace it onto the shirt. This worked really well for me. I think that because the shirt is very much like a cotton duck fabric, it held the white transfer paper very well.
When Todd sported his shirt to my family’s Xmas Eve party, many people were impressed. They also thought that I had done it on a machine. It’s such a good feeling for me to know that I made something for someone I love who appreciates my talents and efforts.