For the past few weeks, I've been obsessed with embroidering iron-on patches for my jacket.
You see, I couldn't find my favourite denim jacket when I was changing my closet over to fall and winter clothing (because I have a small closet, I store off-season clothes). I was really sad, and I knew I'd miss it, so I bought a new one. But, then I found it-- Of course I did. So now I have one that I want to sew patches onto. And since my tastes run, ahem, weird, I wanted to make my own. And that's how it started.
I still haven't figured out my style. I like super detailed things, so the patches I've made have a lot of details. I waver between botanical illustrations, and graffiti. Extreme.
This bee was the first one I completed. It was, ah, a little ambitious for my first one, but I like how it turned out.
The process is kind of long though. First I need an idea of a patch I want to make. Then I sketch it out in a notebook, or on some paper. Then I ink up the sketch so that I can see the lines to trace it onto the cloth. I trace it onto the cloth (I use cotton broadcloth for the backing). I put my cotton and my stabilizer fabric onto the hoop, and start sewing. I mostly stitch at night. Its pretty calming.
I've been saying "Dope" a lot since I got this shirt from my aunt:
So, you know... it made its way into my art. And just because I think it so pretty, here's my organized embroidery floss container:
Sigh. I love it when things are in rainbow order.