Friday Flashback – A Day at the Construction Site

Hello, and welcome back to another Friday flashback.  This week we are looking at one of the perennial favourite collections – A day at the construction site.

If you have young boys in your life, like my gorgeous son Cameron, you will know how difficult it is to find boyish designs, that are not too babyish – at least it was 9 or 10 years ago.  Cameron was 4, and was really getting a little to big for the farm animals style designs.  I wanted something that could grow with him, and I saw when we were up at my parents place, how much he loved going out with my father on the earth moving equipment. (Mum and Dad were building themselves a house at the time, and young Cameron loved “helping”).

I had a quick look around, and could not find anything that really met my needs in this area, and suddenly a new collection was born.

Sometimes it is difficult to remember a time of smaller embroidery hoops, however this was the period of change with home embroidery, and we were just beginning to get into the 10 and 12 inch hoop arena.  I really wanted to take advantage of these hoops, whilst at the same time, allowing people who don’t have the hoops the ability to stitch out larger designs.

A day at the construction site has 10 different vehicles, and 5 roadworks signs, which combine together to create 15 different designs in the one collection.

The designs are created using the “sketch stitch” style, giving the designs an airy look, whilst still allowing lots of detail into the design.


I think my favourite design in this collection is probably the little digger.  We were converting the garage of our house in Melbourne at the time into a workroom for me, and Cameron’s favourite part of the day was watching the workers.  One of them took him for a ride in the digger, and upon further conversation with the driver, I discovered he had a daughter about the same age.  That week, I created a shirt for his daughter with the digger on it – he was thrilled.  I have made approximately 8 of these shirts over the years, 3 for my brothers daughters (my brother is a concreater, who often drives these), and others for friends children.


One of the things that I like most about these designs, is the lack of jump stitches.  Not to say there are none, however a lot of time was spent planning out these designs, and ensuring that any jumps are absolutley necessary.

I can remember teaching a class around the time I was creating these designs, and some members of the class were interested in digitising.  I brought along my projector, and set it up to show exactly how I create a design, using one of the tyres of the trucks as an example.  By the time I was half way through through the tyre, most of the class had decided digitising was too difficult, that it was worth paying for quality designs.

As well as all of the clothing that I have created with these designs, I have also made a few great quilts.  I find these designs go really well with different construction style fabrics that you can always find in your local patchwork store, and I have even used these as fundraisers over the years for the children’s school.


Initially when I created this collection, we gave away the roadwork applique design.  You can access this design HERE.  As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Day at the Construction Zone design 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.


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