Why is it that I feel compelled to create ridiculous, personalized, embroidered party favors for my kids parties? As if I don’t have enough projects. Fortunately with this last one, I can at least say that I learned a valuable lesson – albeit the hard way: not all glow-in-the dark embroidery threads are created equal.
I had been intrigued by the notion of embroidering with glow-in-the dark thread for a while so when my daughter decided to have her birthday party at the glow-in-the-dark golf course – how could I resist NOT stitching something for the attendees in glow-in-the dark thread?
My plan was to keep in simple. I created a straight-foward 1-color personalized design for the t-shirts that I purchased for next to nothing at JoAnns, Then I started cranking out the shirts. Everything was going fine… until – I RAN OUT OF THREAD! Normally this is not such a big deal – but it was the Sunday morning of the party and the fabric store where I bought the original glow-in-the-dark thread was closed. UGH. So I ran to JoAnns as soon as it opened and was surprised/thrilled that they carried it. When I got back home – I carried on stitching the t-shirt that I had left in process on my machine. Finally – I finished all the shirts.
Fortunately – the girls loved their t-shirts and immediately put them on over the clothes to wear to the glow-in-the dark golf course. But when we got to the venue I was surprised/horrified to see that some of the shirts glowed and some of them didn’t. And the shirt that was stitched half with the original glow-in-the-dark thread and half with the JoAnns brand half-glowed. Interesting.
I have learned my lesson when it comes to embroidery with glow-in-the-dark thread and won’t be buying the JoAnns brand anymore. Fortunately eight-year-old girls are not tough critics and really couldn’t have cared less.