Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 21

Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 21 – June 1, 2013


Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.



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Last week I said Cajun Stitchery needs to get some baby stuff in stock.  Well, we now have some onsies, thanks to a good friend.  Of course, we can always make our in-the-hoop baby bibs with a snap closure and the monogram of your heart’s desire embroidered on it.  These bibs can even be made with a plastic liner for water proofing.

Oh, and don’t forget the clock faces that we can embroider now.  These clocks are quartz clocks like you would get at Wal-Mart with an embroidered face.  The clock face can have the baby’s name and date of birth embroidered on it.  It is personalized and unusual and who doesn’t need a clock in the baby’s room.

A lesson was learned at Cajun Stitchery during the past few weeks.  You may recall early on that we learned to use a product that is essentially a sheet of starch for embroidering on high pile fabric.  The purpose of this product is to keep the stitches above the pile of fabrics like terrycloth or velvet.  Embroidery tends to sink into the pile of these fabrics and can almost disappear on very thin designs without something holding the stitches up and/or laying the pile down.  After the embroidery is done, warm water removes the sheet of starch.  I have always had a problem removing the starch.  The only way I have ever been able to totally remove the starch is to wash the item in the washer, although all of the articles that I’ve read say that thoroughly rinsing with warm water does the trick. 

A few weeks back I received an order for embroidery on a velveteen cape that a lady was having made for her granddaughter.  I used the infamous product to keep the embroidery higher than the pile of the velveteen.  The embroidery turned out gorgeous.  Sadly, the starch wouldn’t come out.  Obviously, I could not launder the velveteen.  It took a couple of weeks of lightly spraying the fabric and gently massaging the starch out to get the starch mostly out.   It still didn’t get all of the starch out and I stopped working with it when it looked like the fabric itself was starting to deteriorate.    The end result is that the embroidery looks great but around the embroidery there is a milky, starchy appearance.  Of course, I told the customer there would be no charge for this.  If she can launder it, the starch will come out and it will look great, but I won’t launder velveteen.

We tried everything that our sweet embroidery tech suggested, as well as anything George and I could think to do.  We did lots of research on velveteen and how to clean velveteen.  The end result was that I refuse to use this product again for this purpose.  We had to devise a method of embroidery on high pile items without using this product.  There are too many fluffy baby blankets, velvets, corduroys, and towels to refuse these orders.

Over the past year we have done some incredible embroidery and used many new techniques, including some that we had to create ourselves in order to achieve the embroidery results we needed.   We decided to digitize a mesh layer of stitches under the embroidery for the purpose of holding down the pile.  Then the design would be embroidered on top of the mesh. 

As it turned out we had an order for embroidery on a very fluffy baby blanket.  We tried several designs on towels.  The mesh theory does not work on lettering.  In addition, too many layers of stitches and the embroidery is no longer pliable and turns hard as a rock.  Not good for a sweet, fluffy, baby blanket.  Since the block design on the blanket had a satin stitch around it, we used a piece of thin tear away stabilizer on top.  We tore the stabilizer off before the satin stitch edge was stitched and it turned out great.  The lettering problem was resolved by placing a zigzag underlay and loosening the thread tension.  It worked and turned out beautiful.

In addition to the above, we had an order for monogramming towels this week.  Using the same method, the monogramming turned out perfect.

My only regret is that we did not figure out the new technique before stitching on the velveteen cape.  It was a lesson learned, albeit, the hard way. 

There are some new listings in the Etsy Store.  In case you do not know, if you go to the Cajun Stitchery Facebook page, there is a button entitled “Shop”.  If you click the “Shop” button you can see all of the items listed in our Etsy store.  I actually tried to put a picture where the “Shop” picture is located but so far it has not worked for me.

This afternoon George and I attended the Wooly Booger Blow Away the Hurricanes Bawl at the beach.  Good friends, good food, good drinks and a good time was had by all who attended.

Have a wonderful week.

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Betcha didn’t know this…


June has the Summer Solstice, the day with the longest daylight of the year, typically on June 21st, which is also National Nude day.

Peggy Henshall
Cajun Stitchery
(850) 261-2462
P.S.  You are always welcome to stop by and look at all of the catalogs and pass some time with me, cher.

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