The chefs wearing my bull appliqué design
Today is the day of the Festival of Nations event in St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park. Who cares, you might be asking?? Well I do – because my bull appliqué design is making its official debut!
A couple weeks ago, my sister’s Columbian friends asked if she could embroider some aprons for them to wear in their food booth at the upcoming Festival of Nations. They were going to be serving up paella and wanted to look like real cooks. My sister (bless her heart) said yes to embroidering the 12 aprons (big mistake – took her 2 late nights), but she needed a bull appliqué design. This is where I entered the picture.
Here is the cooking team – hard at work today. The paella looks fantastic but I think my aprons might look a little better. ha!
If you happen to have to make 12 aprons for a Columbian cooking team – I got you covered. The bull design is on the Etsy store for $1.
Bull applique on an apron
Last week my sister asked me to digitize a bull appliqué design. I didn’t totally get what it was for – something about a Latin American friend needing them for some type of cooking event – but it only took a few minutes so I went ahead and did it for her. She was super happy with the design – so I was thrilled. And I assumed that my part in this project was over.
Then last night I got the call. My sister wanted to know if I wanted to come over and help her applique 12 aprons with the bull design I made. Um… polite pass. Fortunately we had tickets to the theater so I couldn’t make it.
This morning she stopped by with bags under her eyes. She was up until 1 AM, having completed 10 aprons but still had two more to go. She needs to finish all the aprons for an international food festival coming up this weekend. Because she is doing this as a favor, her friends came by to help out in whatever way they could and supply food and wine while she stitched them out.
The friends are really excited about wearing the aprons to the food festival. Apparently the word “txoko” that she added to the design refers so a men’s cooking group in Spanish, which helps to convey a feeling of male camaraderie. They think the aprons look so good that they have requested a paia pan cover with a special appliqued design. I am happy to digitize the next design they want… if my sister stitches them out. But after a few late nights of stitching out bulls over several glasses of wine, I get the feeling she might have to polite pass on the next one.
Like the bull design? I set up the file in two different sizes to fit both larger and smaller hoops and posted the bull applique design on the Machine Embroidery Geek Etsy store.
Now that my sister fully understands my digitizing capabilities, she is starting to line up some projects for me. But, I can’t complain. This seems to be good for our relationship, and it’s helping me build up my library of designs.
Her latest request is a simple appliqué design of a bull. The request actually comes from a neighbor friend of hers, Juan Pablo, who is from Colombia, South America (and not the hot guy from the Bachelorette). I don’t remember all the details but apparently the bull represents some type of organization he is involved with back home. So he wants 12 shirts appliquéd with this bull design, and went so far as to find the image of the the perfect bull online and sent it to my sister to send me to digitize. Clearly – he’s not messing around.
It only took me about 10 minutes to create the appliqué design and another 10 to 15 minutes to stitch it out. The question I have though is… is it worth putting the design on my Etsy store? Would anyone besides my sister’s friend Juan Pablo find a bull appliqué design useful?
A bull is a tough and stubborn creature with a lot of strong masculine connotations. I’m thinking it might look cute on a t-shirt for a little boy – or for that matter – anyone who wants to appear a little bit tougher. I would love to hear your thoughts.