Nancy Zieman and I had so much fun working on our latest endeavor – Designer Necklines, T-shirt Makeovers. It absolutely amazes me how progress is made when two very busy people commit to a deadline. And basically, that’s the key to success – setting a deadline and working backwards. Nancy and I had a phone conversation months ago, agreed on a taping date (late June), divided the responsibilities and started working. Remember, we are separated by huge business commitments, family schedules and 1000 miles! But through the wonders of the internet and the telephone, we made it happen. And wow- seems like we were on the right track. It’s a huge hit – right out of the gate. We’ve just about sold out of the first run but no worries, we’re printing more!
It addresses the struggles that all embroiderers face – placement – and does it in a simple way. Of course, Designer Necklines doesn’t leave you hanging at placement because it also includes delicate floral embroidery created specifically for knits and neckline embellishment. But we figured you were probably expecting more. So Nancy came up with some very cool neckline transformations – performed right in the hoop with a flawless finish.
This project was a unique experience for me. In the past, whenever I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nancy it was usually on her turf – Sewing with Nancy, Nancy’s Notions or the Create with Nancy series from FW Publications. Let me tell you something, when Nancy’s in charge, I sit back and follow her lead. She is so capable and thinks through every step of every project, that I feel like a guest, not a co-worker. I do what a guest does, get dressed, put on make-up and smile! So imagine my discomfort when I have to lead Nancy. Really, it was like bossing an icon around. Who can do it? But you know, she’s a natural born leader and even in this circumstance she encouraged me to tell her what to do!
And through dedicated team work – and not just Nancy and me – there’s a wonderful team here at Designs that brought it to life – we produced a product that makes all us very proud. My hat is off to the Designs production team: Denise Holguin, Sam Solomon, Amanda Griffin and Roy Garland. On the back end, Stephanie Stubbs, Lorraine Allen and Bryant Royal get the product out the door and to your house!
Want a chance to win one? Just tell me about your greatest fashion embroidery disaster. Come on, be honest – we’ve all made mistakes! Here’s a confession – when the hot fix crystals first came on the scene, I was adorning a sheer blouse with dozens of crystals. Little did I know I was actually fusing the blouse front to the blouse back with each touch of the hot wand! Quickly, (well, not quick enough!) I learned to slide a sheet of Teflon between the two layers! So tell me, does your embroidery disaster top that?
This is a big week here on the blog – we’re planning two postings, two give-aways and a link with Nancy! We’re pulling the name of the fashion disaster winner Tuesday (10/5) morning, posting a new blog and linking with Nancy’s blog to see what she has to say (and maybe give a prize!) on her blog.
In last week’s blog the discussion topic was…”So what’s your favorite tip for fashion embroidery?”
The winner of Contemporary Machine Embroidered Fashions is….Susan Burns!
“My tip for using blanks is to ALWAYS stitch out the design you want first on practice material before using your precious blank and finding things are not as you planned….ask me how I know this! Thanks, Sue”