Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week I am bringing you a really cute stuffed animal – Gracie G. Raffe.
Gracie G is named after my own beautiful Gracie G(irl), as everyone else already had a collection named after them, and it was her turn.
Gracie G came about as a lot of other digitizers were creating stuffed animals at the time, with each piece being made in the hoop (many of them in a crazy patch style), and then being pieced together in the end.
I loved the idea of this, and decided to try my own hand. It was a toss up as to whether to create an elephant, or a giraffe. In the end, I went with the Giraffe, simply because I could name it after Gracie.
I digitized and created Gracie G over a 4 day weekend one November. At that time, the girls were still in nappies, and we were living in Melbourne. As a treat each Melbourne Cup (horserace) Day weekend, my hubby would go away camping, and drop the children off with his mother on his way out. So I had from Friday night, to Tuesday all to myself to create. I can remember sitting in front of the machine, at about 3 in the morning, trying to get one piece right, but it was a great weekend.
Gracie G Raffe is created piece by piece in the hoop, with the design consisting of flowered panels, and then the pattern stitching out. You cut the pattern out at the end, with seam allowance added, and you will have all of your pattern pieces ready to go. You then construct the Giraffe once all of the embroidery is created.
I did have a couple of issues with the Gracie G Raffe collection. When I test sew my designs, I will do different designs (in the collection) in different machines, which normally works wonderfully, however in this instance, the Bernina and Brother brands of machines did not like the long satin stitch that I had created for the mane. Unfortunately due to the way I tested the design, I didn’t realise this until after the pattern had been released, and I had to immediately create a multi layered mane with shorter satin stitches that would still give the same result.
The construction of Gracie G is quite simple, however it must be done in the correct order. One of the parts that people have a little trouble with is the base of the giraffe, and after a lot of speaking with customers, we found that it was the paper size – the joys of working internationally.
There is no real purpose in giving away part of the giraffe design, however I really wanted to be able to thank you for taking the time to read this post, so for the next two weeks, I am giving a 50% off discount for the purchase of Gracie. To get your discount, use the code FLASHBACK in the discount code section at checkout.
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.