I wanted to start cleaning out my work space, and I begun by going through this little container full of embroideries. So I decided to take you along to a trip down memory lane!
When I had a company, I got comissions for embroidered patches all the time. Here are some that I've kept as mementos. I like to keep some of the things I've stitched out, so that I don't only have to rely on my memory or pictures that might get misplaced (or destroyed like happened in the spring, when I dropped my hard drive...). This way I have something solid to remember things by. The pig is one of those embroideries, so is the Klaani, LAN party and Humppajugend -patches.
The leaves were digitized by me. I found a few pictures of local tree leaves on Google Image Search, and drew on top of those images. I embroidered the stitches on some craft felt and cut near the edge. The heart is made in a similar manner, it is craft felt with a silvery fabric on top. I was going to sew them on something, maybe some slippers I sewed myself. I have worn those slippers out already, so didn't get to sew anything on them!
The cow is made with either Wilcom or Pulse, I went to Lahti in Finland to learn embroidery digitizing from the best. Olli Vainio. He also sold the software, so he wanted me to really know how good the program was. It WAS amazing, but too expensive. There's also this printed out piece, I bought some cotton that was adhered on to a paper, so I could print an image on it with my inkjet printer. The image is from Neil Gaiman's Sandman, the character Death.
The dragon I drew when I was just a kid. I wanted to learn how to digitize, so I went through my old sketch book and found a few images I like. The dragon in the picture directly below and the Death Penguin in the image below that one, are from that sketch book. The image with a flame is just from an art show I helped put together in Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. We had a showing in a local library, and I thought it would be cool if everyone got an embroidered badge from their trouble setting up the show. Unfortunately, I made it too thick with the stitches and wasn't happy about it, so I never presented everyone with a badge. But I can look at these and see how much I've improved since! This was in 2014 or 2013.
The small cat on the left is drawn by a friend of mine. I LOVE how it turned out. The right side cat is just a doodle!
I love drawing hedgehogs, so here's some of them from an old sketch book :) The cat in the middle was drawn specifically so that I would learn how to make the stripes with my embroidery program. It wasn't the best embroidery file... But getting there. :) The horse was made with this old embroidery program Embroidery Extra 4D, it's from Husqvarna. The stitches look horrible, but it is a great job from the program, since it was just an automatic digitizer!
This horsey is the same as the one on the previous picture, I drew them at the same time and made them in the same way. I actually sewed my cousin some shirts with these designs.
The rose, she's the apple of my eye. I still love how this one turned out. I might need to make it again. This one is digitized with the Stitch Era embroidery program. I had to stop using it, since it stopped being free, and I wasn't ready to buy it because I didn't trust the seller. So I ended up buying a real program, the Drawings Pro. I found a dealer in Germany and bought the program from him. The company is called ConStitch, and the customer service has been AMAZING. Massimo is really fast with his responses and really gets to the bottom of why you're having troubles. So if you're looking for a great European dealer, I can recommend ConStitch.
In the picture below is a sparrow I did not draw, but I did digitize it. There is also a moustache embroidery of freestanding lace. That is the only freestanding lace design I have ever made! And coinsidentally, Urban Threads made a much better one and released it like a week after mine! :D I didn't even realize I was so hip to the times!! The piece of cloth under these two are just some hand stitches I made in school when I was 19 years old. The chicken kind of thing turned out pretty well, I feel! :)
So that is it with the pictures, I hope you enjoyed! :) I will continue to clear out my space, putting all my fabrics neatly, like I showed you how to do on my previous blog post!
Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to DIY! :)