Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a peak inside some of my classic collections.
This week I am focusing on the Cameron’s Zoo collection.
This collection began with Cameron’s love of animals. All of his favourite books involved animals, and he would absolutely love making the noises of each animal.
As soon as I saw the artwork for these designs, I knew Cameron would love the designs, and that I could make some great stuff for his bedroom (we were just moving him into a “big boy” bed).
Creating the designs came together very easily. There are six animals in the collection, combined with names, balloons and bananas. To give maximum flexibility.
The first item I created with these designs was a fleecy jumper for Cameron. We did the monkey, as we called him our little monkey, and he loved wearing it around.
For this collection I wanted to create something that Cameron could really use. So the first item I created with the designs was a felt book.
The felt book is one of the easiest things you can create. All you need are multiple pieces of felt. You embroider, use AppliWonder Double sided bonding web to fuse the felt together, and then use a hole punch to punch 3 holes in the felt and binding clips to hold together. Cameron and I would sit down each afternoon and look at each of the pages of the book, repeat the name of the animal, and then make the animal sounds.
Once I had made the book, it was a quick step to pitch a 3 part series to the machine embroidery magazine. We created a growth chart to go on the wall and keep track of your child’s growth, and a fantastic footstool.
One of my memories in creating these articles for publication was the trouble that I had with my machine at the time. The photography for the article was amazing, however I spent a lot of years with my feet on that footstool looking at how horrible the stitching had turned out. Naturally the issues with the stitching didn’t happen until I was on the last design, and because of the deadline I was on, I didn’t have time to fix it.
The kids loved the footstool (still do even after I re-covered it). I still get a request a couple of times a week for one of them to sit on the footstool at my feet for a little extra attention.
Back when this collection came out, we gave away the Bananas design as a freebie. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering the elephant design, as well as the elephant word design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Over the years, I have given the zoo book as a gift to a young child. They also make a great item to sell at any type of craft stall. The growth chart does take a little more time to complete, however if you are after a special gift for a child, then this may be a great one for you.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.