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« on: March 14, 2006 07:00:50 PM »

A long while back I bought a brown fatigue hat to replace the camo hat I usually wear.
My problem was that I wanted to embellish it—with embroidery--a bit, but wasn’t sure how. So, I came up with some ideas and emailed a bunch of friends to get their input. My friend Christine suggested I do something with Spriographs. So, I busted out the trusty Spirograph maker (my little Hasbro drawing toy) and got to work making designs. Eventually I came up with this:
(please ignore the cat hairs on the hat! Smiley ).


Front: It’s not totally complete, as I want to put a smaller design in the center of this larger one, but haven’t had time.




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The back has a random design b/c I liked it too much to un-do it.

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This is an early version, but as you can see I ended up pulling these out, because it seemed to be too much and I didn’t like the colors. But, since I was experimenting it was no big deal:




Then, for my friend who inspired this whole thing, I made some simple spirograph patches, which she apparently has the perfect purse to sew them to:



 and some close ups:







Basically all I did was make the design with my Spirograph (the “toy”) and then trace it onto the hat and fabric with colored seamstress/embroidery tracing paper. Then, went to work. I love how it turned out, and think everything I own will now have an embroidered spirograph design on it!!

(for more about spirographs (and more complex designs) go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirograph)

   ~~BEkki (@ www.pinkbird.net)

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2006 07:56:42 PM »

it's awesome! I like the first hat the best! it's different and kool.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2006 08:13:20 PM »

Very cool! Now I am wishing that I still had my Spirograph!
I like the colors you used, too!
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2006 08:25:48 PM »

thanks!
they still sell spriographs, though they are a bit different (and not as good, in my opinion), they cost maybe $7-$10.
i have one of the newer ones, it's called "delux spirograph" i think.

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006 03:32:52 AM »


i have one of the newer ones, it's called "delux spirograph" i think.
Me too! I got mine when I went in for surgery as a kid. . . I still take it out, and I'm fast approaching 30  Cheesy

I need to get it out again and show it to the kids  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006 04:10:50 AM »

Now that is sheer brillance - I will dig out my kids' one tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2006 04:38:20 AM »

sigh. . . spirograph. . . the memories!

what a fun idea! 

nice work.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2006 08:15:27 AM »

That is so freaking cool!  Cheesy

Now you've made me need a spirograph and have a strange desire to put these on all my clothes.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2006 11:14:56 AM »

Oh I love those.  I would have never thought of that.  And I did love my spirograph as a kid!
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2006 12:02:15 PM »

That is so freaking cool!  Cheesy

Now you've made me need a spirograph and have a strange desire to put these on all my clothes.  Tongue


that's exactly how i feel. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2006 12:32:51 PM »

GRRRRRRReate........... applauding with another fond memory from childhood.

Truely lovely embroidery and a grand idea.
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2006 04:20:03 PM »





I MUST FIND MY SPIROGRAPH.
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2006 06:07:38 PM »

 Grin  I love, LOVE LOVE this idea!!!
The patch you made with the red verigated is AWESOME!!
Also $ Tree has spirograph like toys. You have to do them kinda slow so it dosen't skip & jump...but they do work.
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2006 01:01:28 PM »

what a cool idea!  I love when people find new and wonderful ideas for things to embroider!  so original!   I like I like!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2006 01:05:20 PM »

So simple and yet so clever!  It looks awesome! 
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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2006 05:43:11 PM »

hmm...dollar tree, you say? wish we had one of those here.


Thanks for the complements, everyone!
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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2006 04:27:12 AM »

what a brilliant idea!!! fun too...
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2006 02:53:09 AM »

has anyone tried this?
i'd love to see pictures of other people's ideas.

i just bought some spirograph fabric on ebay that i may embroider over, or something....woohoo!
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2006 05:44:29 PM »

you are a genius!
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2006 05:54:20 PM »

great job on your stitchs they look so nice. When I try to do hand work its all funky looking.  I love it
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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2006 02:51:05 AM »

Thanks!

and i have to give my friend, christine, credit (she's the one i made the patches for) b/c she helped inspire the idea!
i love my creative friends!
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2006 06:50:32 PM »

What a great idea! I knew that those Spirographs I have in the basement *had* to come in handy at some point.
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2006 10:31:04 PM »

Such a fantastic idea! The blue ones kinda remind me of nasa!! Your stitches are so clean and pretty -
I have a few questions (I have only embroidered a few times)

how many threads wide was your thread? (The floss I use is usually 6 threads, and I was taught to split it to 3) but yours look so nice and bold.
did you start at one point of the spirograph and just continue along the line until you got back where you started?

thanks and good job again!
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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2006 05:21:46 AM »

I am speechless... what a fantabulous idea.  One question, what kind of stich did you use?  I know how to do embroidery but only a few types of stiches.   
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2006 06:05:07 AM »

YAY!  I love your hat!

Hmm....how to justify yet another toy to DH?  Aha!  Middle child's birthday is coming up....
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« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2006 03:42:53 PM »

thanks for all the questions!

DanishDynamite:
 i used regular DMC embroidery floss, and kept it at 6 stands for the larger spirals, and used only 2-3 strands for the smaller ones (like in the patches), really though, i think how thick your floss is is really up to you and what you like. since the color of the hat (dark brown) and the floss i used (verigated dark blue) i went w/ "fatter" embroidery so it would 'pop' a little  more.

Also, for some of the patterns i did just start at one point and follow it like the spirograph (toy) did, and others i just sort of randomly followed the pattern. (though i think it looks better if you follow the design). did that make sense? Wink

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i used the totally basic split stitch. though i was thinking of trying something different, i just don't know what yet.
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very cool. i love the organic/mathematic feel of spirographs. plus, emroidery=genius! would love to copy your idea but fear i don't have the patience to pull of such tidy work.
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This is such a good idea!  I'm so impressed!  Also, thanks for sharing how you did it.  I may have to try that.
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2006 01:09:19 PM »

sallysparks: i also love the whole "math artiness" of spirographs. i'm going though this sort of "math art" phase right now.
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2006 01:16:14 PM »

well, i (finally) finished the hat--just in time to bring it along on our trip to maui tomorrow--

i tried forever to get a smaller spirograph in the center of the larger on in the front, but the white seamstress tracing paper just wouldn't work (i think there was a ridge or seam in the hat that was keeping the white tracing paper stuff from showing up)

anyway, so i fell back on something i do quite a bit: i made a patch. i embroidered a small spirograph onto a piece of black fabric, then cut it out and used both a "heat and bond" type of thing to fuse it to the hat, and i also put a few stitches to help secure it. (i think the edges of the fabric, which i left alone, will eventually fray, and i'm cool with that).

ok, so here it is, bad lighting and all:






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« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2006 02:22:44 PM »

This is just the sort of thing I have been looking for! I love the look of embroidered stuff but I wanted something more abstract than clipart-y to try. I loved my spirograph as a kid except I could never make the designs that the booklet suggested. I also was a big fan of the spin art toy-which could be made with a cheap salad spinner but I have yet to find a cheap salad spinner that I like!
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« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2006 04:36:57 PM »

Thats actually really cool
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« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2006 07:11:02 PM »

I liked it in the first pics, just with the basic random embroidery too!  Good idea, and great inspiration!  Your friend got some pretty designs for her bag(s)...
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« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2006 07:11:59 AM »

thanks!
i've been wearing this hat all the time and get sooo many comments and compliements.
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« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2006 03:04:40 PM »

Oh I remember those toys!! Great use for it!  I also love the match of the colors ;-)
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« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2006 06:59:49 PM »

wow. fantasmic. i even had a travel spirograph in addition to the original. and sparkle spirograph. wow...
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« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2006 07:31:25 PM »

Love the hat and the idea! The colors are great, too!

I wondered if there was something we could do online, and print off, and guess what? I found these links:


http://www.cartooncritters.com/encyclo.html    (click the random button to see how to get different effects!)

http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~dlittle/java/SpiroGraph/    This one is really cool!

http://www.goriya.com/java/spirograph/spirograph.shtml   again, use the random button.

I had fun with these. If you have "printkey" program, you can save as jpg or other graphic files.

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« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2006 09:20:56 PM »

When I was younger, we found the Spirograph set that my dad had in the 50s and I ADORED it. This brings back soo many good memories Smiley

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« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2006 07:55:22 AM »

hey, sewknitter, thanks for the links!
i had also looked at wikipedia, which was cool b/c through there i linked to a bunch of other "math art" tpye things, like the flower of life, or the golden ration--both of which i'm working on embrodiering!
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« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2006 08:32:01 AM »

That's awesome!  It brings back childhood memories of my pocket spirograph:)  I love the color combination of your hat and the thread you used on it.
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« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2006 05:30:42 PM »

This hat is genius    Shocked  Way to make everyone want their Spirographs back haha... I just called my mom to see if she'd dig through my old boxes and see if I still have mine  Tongue 
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« Reply #42 on: August 04, 2006 12:50:07 PM »

spazzy:
yeah, i totally rummaged through my mom's basement when i went to see her last week.
i may buy a bigger/better spirograph from ebay. there are quite a few there.
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« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2006 03:52:22 PM »

Awesome! now, just to find my spirograph~ i never thought of it! Tongue
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