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« on: January 11, 2010 09:41:16 AM »

From the time I was a teenager, I've been cartooning little characters.  My dad took quite a fancy to them (such a good dad!), and so somewhere around the time I went to college, I began embroidering them for him on 100% cotton handkerchiefs so he can carry them wherever he goes (he has allergies, so always carries a cotton hankie with him).  They were a smash hit, and he's very proud of them.  Always pulls one out of his pocket to show it to me when I come to visit.  Smiley

These handkerchiefs are 100% cotton.  I always wash them before I begin embroidering so that they will have shrunk up.  Then I either trace an image I've previously drawn onto the cloth (using a light box), or I draw directly onto the fabric.  Then I begin embroidering.  I use just standard DMC embroidery floss, and they wear very well in the wash--despite having accidentally been put in an occasional load with bleach!  I always use just one strand of floss, which allows for very fine detail.

The most recent one I've done, "Backstage" includes a metallic floss, as well as flowers embroidered with a bit of 3D texture.  There are no actual official stitches that I use...I just think of the way I want it to look and improvise.

I've discovered that I like the backs of the embroidery looking as good as the front, so I always do the best I can to make it look very good on the back.  I do that at the same time as I do the front of the work.  This particular handkerchief, with the umbrella, has actually been washed several times prior to being photographed, thus the slightly worn appearance of the stitching--looks really good!

Each handkerchief takes 5 to 10 hours depending on the detail of the work--and the numbers of times I take the work out to make it look better! lol
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2010 10:04:15 AM »

Wow! Those are really great! I can see why your dad would love them Smiley I would love them, too!

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010 11:06:25 AM »

Super cute!

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010 12:20:29 PM »

ridiculously adorable. and how sweet that your dad carries them around with him! AWW! but even more than that, how sweet that you embroider them for him!

awesome. super awesome.

« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2010 02:22:03 PM »

Too cool!  I'm amazed at how clean ( I hope this is the right word) the back of the embroidery looks as well.  Great job : )
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010 03:13:17 PM »

I love the guy in the rain! I hope the front of my embroidery will someday look as good as the back of yours! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010 06:17:03 PM »

Cute little hand-drawn characters stitched by you on hankies for your dad.  That is wonderful on every level!

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