I’ve been on a t-shirt wearing kick—mainly because t-shirts are comfortable to wear in the summer. But instead of mass market t-shirts that everyone is wearing, I’ve opted to embellish my own.
Years ago I wouldn’t have tried, because I was afraid of the effort to hoop and that the embroidery would turn out crooked. But with the tools and technology available today, there’s no excuse not to try. Bargain t-shirts can be found for as little as $4.00. Plus, the benefits of continued practice include an increase in confidence and an improvement of skills.
Another fun bonus: the shirts become conversation pieces.
In the last month, I’ve stitched 4 new t-shirts and every time I wear one of them I get compliments.
The most memorable was while ordering my drink at Starbucks. The barista said, “I like your t-shirt.” My reply: “Thank you, I made it last night.” He looked at me with awe and asked, “You just whipped that up last night?!”
His reaction made me smile, but I also realized I had transitioned into a more experienced, confident embroiderer.
Whether you realize it or not— you have developed and improved your embroidery skills with every stitch made on a garment, quilt block or even a scrap of fabric. It’s easy to forget or dismiss this gradual progression but it should be celebrated and encouraged.
When I consider the work of our contributing writers and Editor, Eileen Roche, it’s hard not to assume projects get whipped up in no time. But as I’ve learned, it’s a function of continued practice, experiments, a willingness to try new ideas and yes… to fail and learn from mistakes.
So, readers, grab a t-shirt and an embroidery design and start stitching!
About the featured t-shirt:
- The Popcorn design is from Baby Kay’s Appliques. You get multiple sizes with your purchase.
- The website suggested inserting a monogram but I decided to add text: “I’m here for the show” using embroidery software.
- The only shirt I had available was this brown one— I didn’t think it would work but with a careful selection of bright colors, I think it looks wonderful.
- To help guarantee success, I stitched the design on similar colored brown fabric to make sure the colors would pop sufficiently.
This week’s assignment: Achieving a goal is often easier to complete if you write it down. Who is the next person you are going to embroider a project for? What will you make? Post your comments and 4 random people will receive a $25 gift certificate for use at Baby Kay’s Appliques!