I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection, and by chance, I was stitching from these gorgeous dinosaurs this week (9 years later) for my 7 year old niece who loves dinosaurs.
Dancing with dinosaurs came about in 2010, when Cameron was 5 and really into dinosaurs. I always had trouble finding designs for boys, and many of my collections when Cameron was a child reflect this.
I had also recently added an embroidery machine with a bigger hoop to my collection of machines, and was now able to do designs up to 180mm. So the tails on the dinosaurs were going to look great!
The Dancing with Dinosaurs collection began their life as an idea in my head, and I had to approach one of my favourite artists to help me create them. I knew I wanted them in colour, and I knew I wanted them in the “sketch stitch” style, and we began from there!
Digitising these guys was a fair amount of work, simply because of all of the back stitching involved. At the time these came out, there were only a few machines out that cut the threads for you. The rest of us had to trim our own, and I wanted to make this simple.
Cameron loved helping me stitch these guys out, and even named each of them (Bob, Sam, Gus etc….).
As well as creating a quilt using these designs, I also had a lot of fun for Cameron’s birthday that year (dinosaur themed), making him jeans and a jumper with the dinosaurs on them. I can still remember getting the jeans and ripping the leg apart, so that I could embroider the dinosaur around the bottom of the leg (it was the perfect size, and looked great). I then embroidered the front patch of the jumper with a pterodactyl. I have just spent an hour going through old photos looking for a good one of him in this outfit – to no avail.
Cameron still remembers this outfit (the kid who cannot remember what he wore yesterday), and each year I have plans to re-create the outfit for him (but run out of time).
Last week, my beautiful nieces came to stay the night, and they assisted me in embroidering a shirt for them. I assumed they would want unicorns etc, but Amy was adamant that she wanted a dinosaur, and just loved the finished article.
Initially when I created this collection, we gave away the first design in this collection as a freebie. 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 Dancing with Dinosaurs 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 try some of these amazing designs.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie