Q: What sort of patterns do you use to make these? Can I buy them too?
A: All of my embroidery starts out as a drawing by me! I take inspiration from many different sources but the designs are original, drawn by me and no-one else unless I am openly collaborating with another person. I do, however, make my OWN patterns to transfer the drawing onto fabric.
Q: Okay, but you use a machine for the stitching right?
A: Nope! Even if I knew HOW to use an embroidery machine I still wouldn’t be doing this that way. It takes a lot more time from start to finish doing everything by hand, but I enjoy the slow process of hand transferring my designs, hand cutting the fabric, and hand stitching everything. There is also a completely different appearance of hand embroidery from the tight stitching of machine embroidery that works better with my style of drawing. Plus, loading the threads into the machine sure seems like a pain in the butt, right?
Q: So how long does it take to finish a piece, then?
A: That depends on the size of the piece! As a benchmark, an average iron-on patch takes about 2-5 hours of stitching time. As the detail goes up, so do the banked hours. My logo banner took around 30 hours over a couple weeks (phew!)
Q: What is everything made of?
A: I Use high quality DMC embroidery floss for everything, and the patches have a 100% European wool felt base. For all other projects I like to use a variety of fibre contents, and prefer to acquire the fabric second hand from thrift stores and such.
Q: I have a cool idea I think would work with your style, can I commission you for something?
A: Of course! I love to collaborate with others on new ideas. If you would like to discuss custom orders, please send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: I bought a patch, how the heck do I get it on my jacket/backpack/tote bag?
Q: What can I put my patch on?
A: Choose something that is made of a natural fibre: cotton, linen, denim, wool, or even leather (NOT PLEATHER). It's also a good idea to choose something you don't need to wash very often, if at all, because the patches are made of wool and won't wash very nicely. As in they might fall apart or shrink in a very bizarre manner. Some things that work well: jean jackets, other non-polyester jackets, canvas tote bags, pencil cases, purses, back packs, etc.