Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Patches and other Stuff

For those of you wondering why I haven't been posting, it is because I have been working on trying to do something that my embroidery machine isn't made for.  I got a bunch of requests to make patches or something like it, and have been screwing around trying to make it happen.

Well, after a lot of testing, broken needles, and 1 broken machine , I figured out how to make patches without breaking anything.  I also found out that Amazon stocks my machine, so I was able to buy a replacement and have it overnighted.  Go amazon.

When I made the first one, (Rarity's cutie mark by the way) I couldn't believe how well it came out.  I have been trying other designs, and the above Cutie Mark Crusaders patch was asked about a few days ago and I just finished it.  Looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

The bad thing about these designs is that there is a very high possibility that a normal embroidery needle will break due to the sheer amount of thread involved. Generally, the maximum amount of thread layers that an embroidery machine would sew though is 3.  More than that, and you risk breaking needles or other funkyness like skipping stitches. These require 2 or 3 times the normal amount of stabilizer, and there are extra layers of thread in the design to hold it together for durability.  In some cases, up to 7 layers. These are almost an 1/8th of an inch thick.  Normal for a patch, but not for a home embroidery machine.   After I broke about 20 needles, I finally figured out I needed a special type of embroidery needle with a special shape, low deflection, and super strength.  It's basically a commercial needle that is machined to fit a home embroidery machine.

Once made, there is also a good amount of cleanup that needs to happen (cutting out the design, and making sure the edges don't unravel).  Some of it is pretty dangerous compared to simple embroidery.  Due to those 2 factors (breaking needles and dangerous fun) I won't be releasing the designs, at least for now.  They are well outside what a home embroidery machine is made to do, and I don't want to break someone's machine (or worse, fling a broken needle across a room) and get sued or something by someone who doesn't understand what they are doing.

But they are pretty cool aren't they?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pinkie Pie Pegasus Embroidery

For the 3 people that didn't know, Lauren Faust originally pitched Pinkie Pie as a Pegasus on MLP:FiM. Seriously, I can't make up anything that cool. Could you imagine Pinkie as a Wonderbolt? The sky would never be safe.

This is based upon Lauren Faust's sketch of Pinkie Pie that I didn't win on ebay. The design requires 2 hoops, one for Pinkie one for the cloud. This would make alignment an issue, but thankfully the gigantic gap makes manual alignment a possibility. Being off by a 1/2 inch isn't the end of the world.

You can download the file here.

Cloud Colors:
Light Gray

Pinkie Colors:
Dark Pink - 2041 (mane)
Pink - 2179 (body)
White - 2049 (eye)
Black - 2150 (eye)
Burnt Purple - 2058 (Mane outline)
Light blue - 2198 (cutie mark, eye)
Yellow - 2017 (cutie mark)
Black - 2150 (eyelashes)
White - 2049 (eye reflection)
Magenta - 2167 (Body outline)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Spitfire's Cutie Mark

Here's a design of Spitfire's cutie mark.  I'm pretty sure this cutie mark is cannon, as I haven't seen a screenshot of spitfire with her cutie mark visible.  But here you go anyway :)

You can download the embroidery file here.

Colors are simple for once:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fluttershy #2 Embroidery

Here's a different design of Fluttershy.  The picture is of the design on some yellow broadcloth.

You can download the embroidery file here.

yellow - 2005 (body)
pink - 2179 (mane)
gold - 2021 (body outline)
magenta - 2269 (mane outline)
black - 2150 (eye)
white - 2149 (eye)
light blue - 2198 (eye)
black - 2150 (eyelashes)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Twilight's Cutie Mark

Here's a design of Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark.  While I was at it, I embroidered it onto a pillow and a towel.  Twilight Sparkle is best pony.

You can download the embroidery file here.

White - 2149

Magenta - 2041

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rarity's Cutie Mark

Here's an embroidery design on Rarity's cutie mark.  Another nice simple design that didn't take a boatload of time.

You can download the Embroidery file here.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cutie Mark Crusaders Pillow

Here's a pillow based on the Cutie Mark Crusaders cape.  The fabric is maroon on the front and gold on the obverse.  The embroidery design is about 4" by 4"  The cut size is 13" by 14", leading to a pillow that is roughly 12" by 13".  Cost in materials was about $19.

You can download the embroidery design here.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pokey Pierce Cutie Mark

The mortal enemy of Pinkie Pie has arrived. Here's a quick design of Pokey Pierce's Cutie Mark.  This one took longer to sew than it did to make, which is a nice change of pace.

You can download the design here.

Light gray - 2138 (Pin)
Light Blue - 2203 (pin head)
Magenta - 2041 (Heart)
Pastel blue- 2143 (Pin head reflection)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Princess Luna Pillow

I was bored, so I made a Filly Luna raising the moon pillow.  The design was embroidered first, then the pillow was made.  I made the pillow out of broadcloth at a 16" by 20" cut size. It took about 3 hours to make, including the embroidery.

Materials & Cost:
Broadcloth - $6
Embroidery materials - $9 (stabilizers & thread)
Overlock thread - $3
Fill - $3
Fusable material - $1 (close the final seam)

The embroidery design can be downloaded here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Spike Embroidery

Hiya Spike.  ringspun cotton is such a PITA to do as it moves so much when being embroidered.  This design looks perfect on broadcloth, but was off by as much as 3/16ths of an inch on ringspun cotton. A thicker stabilizer was needed.

You can download the file here.

Green - 2015 (scales)
white - 2149 (eyes)
Light Purple - 2079 (Body)
Light Yellow green - 2002 (belly)
Moss - 2019 (Belly Scale outline)
Light Yellow green - 2002 (ear outline)
black - 2150 (eyes)
Dark Green - (scales outline)
Purple - 2083 (body outline)