Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week I am bringing you the Gone Fishing collection.
I began this collection at Christmas 2008. I was up at Mum and Dad’s in Sydney, and I was bored (having to be at home by myself with the kids for a few hours each day whilst they had naps etc). I had been searching on the internet, and fell in love with the artwork based around fishermen.
I have always felt that there are not many great men embroidery designs around, and certainly not for older men. This collection spoke to me, as Dad is a keen fisherman, and up until 2 years ago, would spend a month away, at one end of Australia or another with his friends and cousins, all fishing.
Whilst the designs for this collection are relatively simple, there is a lot of detail involved, and most of these designs have around the 16K stitch count.
I believe these designs look like somebody has gone about with a sketchbook, and created the designs, and from this, I coined the term “Sketch Stitch”. From a digitising point of view, the skill is in the layering of the designs, to avoid thread trimming and jump stitches, certain colours are worked first, with then more detail colours building up on the design as it progresses.
Whilst it looks simple, each of these designs took approximately 20 hours to digitise, ensuring that the top threads covered the bottom threads correctly, and I am incredibly proud of the way I have managed to minimise the jump stitches in these designs.
Once I had created the designs, the next step was to create some projects! Over the same Christmas break at Mum & Dad’s, I found a fabric sale (mum knows all the best places), and on their Christmas fabric sale rack, they had a mustard and red fabric, each with a string of green and blue running through them. I immediately picked up the fabric, and added in a dusky blue, taupe and green to create a masculine look.
I was so impressed with how the quilt came together, that as well as making the single bed quilt, I made a lap rug, and a wallhanging as well.
A few months later, when mum and dad came down to visit (on dad’s way to his fishing holiday), I pulled the quilt out to show dad, and told him how he inspired it. There was a little mis-communication, and Dad thought I was giving him the quilt to take fishing – I wasn’t!
Probably my favourite design/project from this collection however is the “Old Fisherman” wallhanging. I have made these over and over again as gifts for friends of my parents, and it is always well received.
Initially we gave away a fish on a hook design HERE as a freebie with the Gone Fishing designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second design – a great image of a fish coming out of the water – as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
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.