Nam Regina Alveare - For the Queen and Hive. Here’s a changeling unit patch, which was done as a request. It is 4” wide by 4.25” tall and uses elements of the Changling Emblem which was done by Emkay. The layout/look is upon the Luna Republic Patch which was based upon a design by tensaioni.You can get one for a few bits if you want one here.
Tomorrow is a sad day. USPS will increase the postage rate by a large amount for the package size I usually use. Last year the increase was a few cents, so I wasn’t too worried. However, I just printed a label for tomorrow and the price increase was from $1.64 to $1.93 per package. 30 cents is a ton, I need to figure out how to reduce my shipping cost because I don’t want to raise the cost of shipping by 30 cents, that’s a lot. Thanks USPS. Ugh.
Yes M’am, at once M’am.
(( I have been told my machine is hypnotic by quite a few folks. I wonder if this comic is going there. I love these, go follow Ursa!))
I get questions every once and a while about what I am working on RIGHT NOW as in, this very instant. Now, you can stalk my embroidery machine, or at least know what I am working on at any given point by going here. I will keep it up to date with what is in my machine at this exact moment, show commission status, all that fun stuff.
This is as close as you can get to stalking me without receiving a restraining order.
Mod: Not quite. I have always known how to sew; my mother taught me when I was 2. I still remember the first Home Ec class I took in 7th grade where I was sewing circles around the class and teaching the teacher how to do things. Oh, fun times.
Every year, my resolution is to learn to do something new. The year that MLP came out, my resolution was a minor one of learning to do embroidery. Well, minor compared to some of my other resolutions such as building a 175hp gocart (so I had to learn welding and plasma cutting) and learning to drive a race car (best lap was 174.991 mph average speed IIRC for a lap on las vegas motor speedway then promptly got yelled at for going fast enough to have my window net blow out).
I started my embroidery career with a 6800PRW which also did regular sewing. I spent a bit more for the embroidery portion but I wanted a new sewing machine anyway, so the cost wasn’t that bad. I downloaded a few designs and played with them, then started making my own for fun.
This was around the 7th or 8th episode of MLP which is when I got into it enough to look forward to every single episode.
RD was my first MLP design and I got tons of positive feedback on it. everyone wanted one and I got about 200 orders in 1 day. At that time, I could do MAYBE 1 a day, and I could only do designs on things, meaning no patches. I did pillow cases, towels, etc. I kept making more and more designs over the next few months.
Then, my ankle decided it didn’t want to work any more and surgery was needed to put it back together. I couldn’t really leave the house to do much of anything until my ankle healed, so I had time to experiment. During this time I figured out how to make strong and show accurate patches. suddenly, I could make patches that anyone could stick on almost anything. I didn’t need to go to the store to get a backpack or a shirt; i could make a patch that could be attached once delivered. Saved a lot on shipping too.
It just snowballed from there. I went from 1 machine to two, then at one point I had 7; all of them going any time I was home to keep up with what everyone kept asking for. Even with that I couldn’t keep up so I was posting designs for a while so that those with embroidery machines could make their own. Before I knew it I had passed 200 different patch designs and started getting hit up by literally hundreds of plushie makers that wanted specific eyes made so they could make a perfect show accurate plushie for their kids or themselves. I started making show accurate, kid-durable eyes and cutie marks to go along with the almost indestructible patches I made.
Finally, it was just too much to keep up with (and I was getting requests to do jacket backs, hats and other stuff my home machines couldn’t do) that I got an actual full size 15 needle commercial embroidery machine. With that, I could keep pace with orders, though it cost almost as much as my car.
So yeah… In 4 seasons I went from ‘hey, embroidery is cool’ to having pony patches coming out of my ears. It wasn’t an overnight decision, it just kinda happened because people kept asking for more stuff and I just hate saying no.
Thanks for coming to the livestream everyone. Here’s a reminder of what we made.
No I’m totally fine don’t worry about it
A common issue I have. A seam ripper will take those stitches out. Totally not speaking from experience or anything.
These are some things that I was commanded to make by a princess that wasn’t Twilight. I thought only Twilight was a princess. I am so confused. Based on the NLR logo.
Here’s a picture of my Butterfly 1501B/T with the larger hoop that it can do. The 2nd is the hoop on the Butterfly machine comapred to the largest hoop a SE400 or 6800PRW can do. The last one is a comparison of the hoop size fromt he Butterfly to the entire PE770 machine. Yes, the hoop is bigger than the entire PE770.
I can’t do cool formatting here on tumblr, so you will have to deal with reading about it on a blog post I just posted. Hopefully that answers some of your questions.
Quick answer on cost though: The butterfly machine was about $10k compared to the PE770 at about $600 or the SE400 at about $350.
It’s okay fluttershy; you can come out. You don’t have to hide in my pocket.
I get asked to make cutie marks at lots of different sizes for everything from book covers to cosplays to jacket backs. I really liked the recent episode on Daring Do, so I made her cutie mark at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 inches in size to see how they looked all together.
One of the things I don’t like doing is cutting out pattern pieces for plushies or such. To solve that and to meet my requirement of ‘solve problems while being as cool as possible’, I picked up a laser cutter. It took me quite a while to learn to use, but it cuts fleece and other fabric like butter. I tested it by cutting out all the pieces from Valley Violet's MLP pattern. It takes quite a bit longer than I was expecting (and I have to sit over the machine while it works) but the pieces come out AWESOME. They are a perfect match to the pattern pieces, and are WAY better than if I cut them out myself.
I have more than enough fleece to cut them out for you too. You can pick up a set of the laser cut pieces from my Etsy. There are a few options for all the different pieces needed to make a pony depending on earth, unicorn or pegasus. You will need to have Valley Violet’s pattern to make use of the pieces (and know which pieces to get). Each piece is matched to the pattern, including grain lines, so you don’t have to worry about wasting fabric or aligning pieces the right way; I take care of that for you.
Valley Violet and I are working together to get lots of ponies to cuddle using those new sewing machines you got for the holidays, or gave as presents. If you buy a set of the laser cut pattern pieces, I will send you a coupon code for 33% off a pattern from Valley Violet’s etsy, which you can find here. You can use it to get the P101 pattern, or any other pattern from Valley Violet. Valley Violet is doing the same; if you purchase any of her patterns, she will send you a coupon code good for 33% off of a set of laser cut pattern pieces from me. Whichever one you buy first, you get a coupon for the other one at 33% off. How awesome is that?
Currently, I only have pieces for the P101 pattern, shown above. I will be adding pattern pieces for Valley Violet’s other patterns as I get time to cut out a few of each pattern piece in the different colors.