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Old February 2nd, 2016, 08:54 AM   #31 (permalink)
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You are truly inspirational!
I am hoping to cut back on the "regular" orders this year so that I have time to experiment with the software. I love the size of the hoop you have available to you, and the gold leaf medallion is exquisite.
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Thanks for posting. I appreciate digitizers that do more than just the regular workload that comes across their desks. Since there is no school for what we do what better way to learn and hone our skills and appreciate our software to its fullest than to work on personal projects?

My thinking is you might get away with "good enough" digitizing for a client, but if you are doing something for a friend that is important to you and them I bet you will go out of your way to make it truly special and as "perfect" as you can. Do enough of them and my theory is the digitizer will carry that same work ethic to their regular clients... a win win. just happens naturally.

BUT, the reverse (to my way of thinking) is that if a digitizer ONLY does corporate designs that come in.. you know the normal stuff we do every day....they get bored and they have no reason to "up their game" so to speak. Does this make sense?

Two projects I have in the works for this year are:
1. An embroidered iron gate with colorful tree frogs all over it in different poses. Hundreds of them on a 40 inch wide gate. For a friend who is crazy about collecting frog stuff

2. An embroidered BaoBab tree from South Africa at 40 inches tall with a watering hole at the base. Then buy as many safari animals as make sense from as many stock design companies as I can find (why re-invent the wheel when there are so many spectacular designs already out there!) For a friend who owns a travel agency that specializes in safaris.
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Old February 6th, 2016, 11:58 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Hi All, someone had asked the question earlier, 'how many strands of embroidery floss should I use'?

In craft embroidery today, it is quite common to embroider (especially in backstitch) with all six strands in the needle at once. This creates that chunky, cute style of embroidery that’s very popular right now.

If you want to refine your embroidery and manage more detail with finer stitches, you can decrease the number of strands until you find the weight that looks right with whatever you’re planning to stitch.

If you want a bold line that can still manage decent detail, start with three strands. If you want a finer line that’s still easily visible, try two strands. If you want a very fine line for delicate detail, one strand will do it!

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SewArtsy, thank you for your comment. Using different thread gauges is important and by digitizing and then sewing something just for fun we learn more about the possibilities.

In machine embroidery we have thicker 30 wt threads (not nearly as thick as your floss, but there are techniques to get a similar look) then our standard 40 wt, thinner 60 wt, even thinner 75 wt and then specialty threads in metallic, super twist, variegated, even fishing line, etc. SO we have a wealth of thread options available, to go with proper needles, machine settings, timing, etc.

The creative thinking that comes from using all these methods to me is an important quality to have for even the most mundane corporate logo... one helps the other. No school for this so if all you are doing is whatever a client gives you, the learning curve is lengthened, the enjoyment is less, and the ability to solve client problems is stunted. IMO
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How about a 1 color design.
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Update on Dollhouse project.. pictures to follow. Sewing room in attic is nearly complete. It is the first room to be worked on since completing the exterior... going to finish the entire attic before moving into the main house. Sewing room first (since it is an embroidered house), music room next, then attic storage, and then a Boy's room (has to be far away from his Sister)
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Looking forward to these.
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Found a spot in the garden for the botanical piece. Been over 100 degrees here for a few weeks now, so the plants are suffering a bit. new tomato plants in the front... lemongrass on lower right and malibar spinach climbing the cage... all in front of the art.
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Sambuca always wanted to climb to the top of the Chrysler Building, ha. Actually she is helping set up a vignette for a YouTube video.
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I just started freelancing and will have lot of time to digitize for fun
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