Lyra embroidery Livestream up now
It has been a really long time since I have done a livestream, so tonight’s the night. I will be doing a livestream of turning Lyra here into a patch. I will be using Embird and my full size embroidery machine. I will be trying out a new stabilizer material that should be much easier to cut out at the end.
Time: Right now
I get a decent amount of questions about making patches and the process on color matching thread to a design. Here is an example of what I was working on today, Starnight.
I have a color calibrated monitor (Device to do this is here) so that the color I see on my screen compared to reality is the correct color. Even this though doesn’t help you choose the exact correct color in thread. First, thread only comes in a few colors. I have an entire set of 2 separate brands, plus colors from 2 more brands that are between the colors in the first 2 sets. This means I have more than 700 different colors of thread, when your monitor can display 16 million easily. Most professional embroidery places will only have 300 hundred colors or less.
The first pass above was using a tool that will take a hexadecimal color code and give you the nearest thread color. Once I have that, I adjust it based on looking at colors under light. As you can see, it made the body way too light, and the color of the purple mane outline is just… wrong. I should have spent more time working on the color matching. I also noticed that I forgot to do the ear outline, so I fixed that in the 2nd pass.
The second pass was me getting annoyed and pulling out every purple color I have, and manually matching the body color. Sadly, I put that color thread in the wrong needle on my machine, so I ended up changing the color of the mane instead of the body. Whoops.
The 3rd pass has the body color in the right place, but after changing the body color, the body outline is too purple. It needed more red.
The 4th pass is the same shade of purple with 2 shades of red added on the body outline. I thought I was done when I realized that I forgot to enter the very last color change into the machine way back on the 3rd run. That is why the cutie mark changed from magenta to the same sea blue as the mane. this is the first color that is sewn, and the machine just continues on using the next color when I forget to enter them all.
The fifth pass is the same as the 4th, except for fixing the magenta color on the cutie mark. This is the final version.
Overall, the program I use to pick colors was correct on the blue mane and blue mane outline. everything else was eithe rpicked correctly the first time by me, or I adjusted the color after sewing.
I make patches for the cost of materials
If you have an embroidery machine, you can download designs and learn how to make patches on my blog
I have been testing out a new material to make patches on that allows much more delicate features to work as patches. These are the result, a set of eyes and cutie mark patches for a 10” tall Big Macintosh plushie. Meaning the eyes are 55mm, the cutie marks are only 65mm. This is about 1/4 the size of my other patches.
Sorry ladies, I’m taken.
(Drawn by Soulkillur)
The internet is about 1 trillion web pages at this time. Search engines index about 13.5 billion of those, known as the surface web. The rest is known as deep web, and you can’t find it using a regular search engine. Including the deep web, the internet is about 8,500 terabytes. If you were to print all 1 trillion pages on regular paper, it would cover about 37.5 thousand square kilometers. Basically the paper would roughly cover all of New Hampshire and New Jersey. So the internet is pretty big. Or is it?
There is another way to look at it. MicroSD cards are small, and can hold a decent amount of data. You probably have one in your phone that holds 32 or 64 gigabytes of data. In fact, if you were to fill a milk jug with high capacity MicroSD cards, it would take less than 6 to hold the entire internet, all 8500 terabytes of it. If you don’t count the deep web, it would fit into 1 milk jug. Yes, It is physically possible to store the internet in a milk jug.
That would be the best thing a store could ever have. You could walk to the back, and next to the milk is fresh, refrigerated internet.
In case you are wondering, filling a milk jug with MicroSD cards would cost 1.2 million dollars. So it wouldn’t be cheap internet that you get at the store in the refrigerated section.
Here’s a squad patch I was asked to make for a paintball team. I forgot to ask how they use the paintball markers with those hooves.
I call dibs at starting the fire at bronycon.