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Monday, March 4, 2013
Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 8
Cajun Corner – Vol.
5, No. 8 – March 4, 2013
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
Our customer loved the ball caps; however, we
forgot to take pictures.Luckily, we
took some pictures when we were working on the design in the beginning but it
would have been nice to have a photo or two of all 65 ball caps.
Now we are working on a towel order.The customer wants a peace sign, mermaid, and
fish embroidered in all white on her bath towels, wash cloths, and hand
towels.George is working on this order,
too.He is quite the little embroiderer.The designs worked out well except for the
little fish that the customer requested.The fish is an outline type design and the lines were so thin that the
loops in the fabric covered the outline. The design had to be altered to thicken the
lines.They are working fine now.To hold the loops in the terrycloth down to
embroider, a special overlay stabilizer is required.The stabilizer is basically starch made into
sheets.Once the embroidery is done and
the tearaway stabilizer is removed from the back, the towels need to be washed
to remove the stabilizer on top.Recently in one of the embroidery periodicals that I read there was an
article on this suggesting using a thin plastic, rather than the water soluble
overlay.That would not work in this
situation because of the outlining in the designs.It would work nicely on fill or appliqué
What have I been doing?Mardi Gras put me terribly behind on all of
my birthday gifts for the girls.I have
everything to make the gifts but there are a few steps to the project and all I
can say is that I’m working on it in my spare time.
In the meantime, I’m combining a couple of
projects.When I use my Embird
digitizing program to download true type fonts, they usually look great on the
computer screen.That does not mean they
will stitch out okay.In fact, when I
send anyone a “computer simulation” of a design, any design, that is exactly
what it is, a computer rendition of the embroidery design.A computer screen does not have depth or
drape or any of the issues involved in hooping and stitching.The computer simulation could stitch out
horribly or beautifully.You just never
know until you stitch it out.
Nevertheless, I have recently downloaded a whole
bunch of true type fonts.They are more
in thee area of antique, heirloom type fonts.It takes awhile to create one of the samplers, so I decided to make
little in-the-hoop purses with the girls’ initials in some of the new
fonts.In addition to that, there are
fonts called ornaments and wingdings.If
it is a true type font, I should be able to change it into embroidery
stitches.Some of the ornaments that
were downloaded are beautiful curly cues and swirls to enhance the
monogram.I am using some of these
around the monograms on the little purses to see how they look and stitch
out.One that I did actually stitched
out pretty nice but the columns were so thin that it kept breaking the thread.Remember:not everything done with pen and ink can be duplicated in
The purses themselves are a design that I
created.The entire purse is made
in-the-hoop.Once the purse is taken out
of the embroidery hoop, the only thing left to do is attaching the handle/strap
with grommets and attaching the snap.It
is a really awesome process and we can make these purses up to 10” square.
Now that the house next door a/k/a the green
house is remodeled, we are working out decorating ideas.Our garage still has Mama’s apartment
furnishings in it.I never had any place
to put her stuff, nor did I have the heart to go through it.Now is the time.
The house is going to be a multi-purpose house
with Cajun Stitchery occupying a portion.So, it will be a semi-business, semi-home thing.It needs to be available for my Nereid girls
to meet and spend the night, so, beds are going to be important.There are a lot of beds, tables, ottomans,
chairs, drawers, etc., that George is going to have to make for me if I cannot
find what I want in Mama’s apartment, or at the Salvation Army or Waterfront
In addition to the furniture, there are 20
windows that need curtains and I will make those.There are rugs, towels, etc., needed.All sorts of things that I need to buy or
make and, of course, embroider.If you
are local and want to get rid of tee shirts, send them over.It doesn’t matter if they are ripped or
stained.I plan to make some rag rugs
out of them.
We have had a few cold days lately, down into the
low 30’s.Today is like Spring and absolutely
beautiful.None of our newly planted
seeds have sprouted yet.That’s probably
a good thing since the sprouts would have been injured by the cold.
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