My friend, Emily, loves New Orleans. Her mother is from New Orleans and she has spent a lot of time there as an adult. Emily also LIVES FOR live music more than anyone I’ve ever met. As you might expect Jazz Fest is almost a yearly pilgrimage for her. This year I had planed to go with her.
While going to Jazz Fest sounds like a good idea, the reality of getting coverage for the kids, traveling, hanging out with 20-somethings at a music festival, etc… made the trip a little less attractive. So we decided to postpone. Maybe we are just getting too old.
But wouldn’t you know – Emily’s birthday is next weekend. Knowing how much she loves New Orleans and in honor of the trip we didn’t take – I decided to make her a t-shirt in the spirit of her favorite city.
I digitized this fleur-de-lis machine appliqué design a couple of weeks ago and have yet to stitch it out on any finished item, but now I have this the perfect opportunity. I especially love this appliqué fabric as it reminds me of the wrought iron balconies that are so omnipresent in southern architecture.
I really hope Emily likes the shirt. We’re not going to New Orleans this year -but we can still celebrate the spirit? And maybe she can wear it to jazz fest next year.
St. Louis, Missouri (where I am from) is a city with strong French heritage and very proud of it. Throughout the city, it is not uncommon to see fleur di lis designs on signage and within architectural details. As in other French settled cities like New Orleans, in St. Louis wearing a fleur di lis design is a way to show your civic pride. Having a fleur di lis design in my repertoire would be quite useful for creating gifts for my local friends and family.
In the past (before I had a bit of clue as to what I was doing, e.g. pre machineembroiderygeek.com) – I digitized a fleur di lis design to be stitched out on a scarf for one of my friends. It didn’t turn out all that well because (as I just mentioned) I had NO IDEA what I was doing. But times – they are a changin’ – and I am getting loads of experience digitizing designs.
So now it is time to digitize the fleur di lis design again. But with so many fleur di lis designs – where to I begin? Shouldn’t the direction for the fluer di lis design come directly from France?
Well – lucky me – I discovered a fleur di lis on the bottom of my coffee cup here in France. I snapped a picture and will be brining it back to the States to be converted to an embroidery design. Yes – i get it that there are tons of other fleur di lis designs out there – but I think mine will be the most legit.