One of the benefits of writing a blog and selling embroidery designs is that I have a lot of opportunities to connect with some major embroidery enthusiasts. One recent connection resulted in a mutually beneficial collaboration; I digitized a unique design, and my new friend provided me with super cute images for the new product listing.
My new buddy Britt had developed a cute design for a quilt especially suited for babies of Chinnock helicopter pilots. She started by making one for herself, and writing about it on her blog, providing instructions for people who wanted to make it themselves. In fact – Britt randomly met a woman who had made a similar chinook quilt and told her she found instructions online. Coincidently the instructions were from Britt’s blog. Crazy!
Britts chinook quilt was gaining a cult following, and she was receiving requests to have them made. The catch? Chinook quilts were taking her a very long time to make since she hand appliquéd all of the helicopters. This is when I entered the picture.
Briitt contacted me after finding my Etsy store and asked if I could custom digitize her Chinook helicopter according to the picture she supplied. Not a problem.
Once I sent Britt the design she test stitched it out right away. Since this was the first time she had appliqued by machine – it blew her mind. The emails she was firing off that night while watching her embroidery machine stitch like crazy were absolutely hilarious. She was overjoyed.
Now Britt’s officially hooked on machine embroidery and I’m hitting her up for more cute embroidery ideas.
Check out Britt’s blog.
Check out the chinook design on my Etsy store. Thank you to Britt for the use of all her photos!
Mini Cooper Logo
Doing some custom digitizing work is great practice for an embroidery file digitizer like me. I have a tendency to digitize files that are simple and ones that I like personally, so getting requests from other people presents a challenge for me and forces me to explore new techniques. I have recently taken on some custom digitizing requests to help me build my skills.
My latest custom digitizing project was to recreate the Mini Cooper logo. I started by creating the large white, background shape. I then made the black wings and reflected them through a center point so they were symmetrical. Next, I created the largest background circle in the center. I then selected all the “wing” pieces and the center circle and subtracted them from the white background. Next I duplicated the center circle and scaled it to make the white outline and an additional black satin stitch outline. Finally, I created the letters and subtracted their shapes from the black background circle.
The client wanted the design in two different sizes: 2.5″ wide and 2″ wide in VIP or VP3 format. Fortunately, she is very happy with the design and is “excited to stitch it out.”
I am ready for the next digitizing challenge!
I feel totally like Summer Beasley from “School of Rock” because I am so giddy-excited about receiving my first gold star for some digitizing work I did for one of my Facebook friends. I am now part of a new group on Facebook where people make requests to have graphics digitized and those of us who digitize respond with quotes. I figured this would be good practice and an opportunity to connect with more machine embroidery peeps, so I took on this little project.
Here was my challenge: digitizing this racing jacket and hat. It was a great graphic to digitize because of it’s symmetry and it’s simple bold lines and solid shapes.
Jacket to Digitize
And here is the resulting file.
My completed racing jacket digitized file
My first digitizing client remarked that she thought the file was “brilliant!” (She’s British) I’ll take that as a gold star.