DISCLAIMER: This post has been written by my dear friend, Karin. Due to my injury I was not able to fulfill my commitment so Karin offered to pitch hit for me. THANK YOU KARIN!!! (You'll find a link to Karin's Etsy shop on the left sidebar of my blog : Sew-Write Creations.
I was so honored and excited to be invited to SewCalGal's Fall Machine Embroidery Blog Hop this year....of course, none of this would have been possible without Kelly's own personal "Fall", which occurred shortly after her Machine Embroidery Guild meeting last month. I'm just tickled that she's let me
crash hijack her blog once again! So, let's get started, shall we?
Zandra Shaw, the owner/designer behind the Embroider Shoppe, is our featured designer. Kelly had gone shopping before her accident and had selected a set of scissor keeps as the design she wanted to sew out.
I wanted to honor Kelly's original plan, so I elected to sew one of the scissor pockets for her, but which one was she planning on doing? I really didn't want to pester her with embroidery questions while she was undergoing her therapy sessions, nor did I want to disturb her meals or sleep...what to do, what to do? I looked at the 4 options, an owl, a lady bug, an ice cream cone and a bouquet of roses. They were all so sweet, I knew she'd love any one of 'em.
Then it hit me; Kelly just looooves this picture of Farnsworth and his keeper that I took at the zoo one day. Farnsworth is a Great Horned Owl that came to the zoo as a week-old baby and has been hand fed for the past year. He's really quite special to us all and since he can't hunt for himself, he won't be released into the wild. So, of course, I decided to sew out the owl pocket for Kelly!
A couple of years ago, I got hold of some samples of a new textile, from The Kunin Group, made completely from recycled bottles and other plastics, right here in the USA. Its properties and feel are very similar to felt, but it isn't felt. And it came in several colors and styles, but I thought this textured brown fabric would be just perfect for our little owl.
I read the Readme text file that came with the design, and it said if you want your finished product to look like theirs, you had to be sure to use the same colors they used. Well........I don't usually do that....and this time was no different. I picked out a lining fabric (they had suggested a small floral print - I chose a variegated batik with some speckles and swirls) and some Fall-inspired thread colors. Here we are, all ready to sew.
I decided I'd better take a look at the instructions and Zandra's color recommendations, just to see if I understood the directions and had enough supplies all set out.
Blue was the very first color to stitch. Let me just say this about that....if you insert your bobbin and then thread your machine and it makes funny noises, well, chances are, you didn't load that bobbin correctly. And you might as well stop sewing and fix it before you get too far along. Here's my trusty SeamFix seam ripper, hard at work. It did away with those uneven stitches in no time flat.
Hugo's Amazing Tape, a little closer to my sewing machine (hint, hint...after all, these ARE embroidery scissors).
Wonderfil DecoBob prewound bobbins. They make embroidery sooooo much easier and efficient! Oh, and that little gap that was in the upper right section of the wing? Gone. I was able to trim the pieces to match each other and you can't even tell where I goofed up.
Zandra's home is South Africa, but she's currently on a USA Tour giving free trunk shows, how sweet is that?! You may want to check her schedule to see if she's giving a show near you. If not, you can contact your local quilt shops or sewing centers to have them contact Zandra and see if they can schedule a special presentation for you and your friends.
Be sure to join me in visiting all the other talented ladies to see what they've sewn up for SewCalGal's Fall Embroidery Blog Hop:
Monday, Nov 4th
Tuesday, November 5th
Wednesday, November 6th
Thursday, November 7th
Friday, November 8th
A big THANK YOU to Kelly, SewCalGal and Zandra...I had a lot of fun sharing my little owls with you all!
Want to make your own scissor pocket or one of the other beautiful designs at Embroider Shoppe?
If you answered YES, then hop on over to the Embroider Shoppe and leave a comment on this post telling me which design is your favorite. The winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 11th.
A little birdie told me that the Embroider Shoppe has 25% off all of their Christmas designs so you won't want to miss out on the sale.
It's Kelly here, I just want to say...we get by with help from our friends!
With much gratitude,