JAZZY FX EMBROIDERY
Well this is my first blog and i would like to tell you a bit more about myself, crafting and my love for embroidery designs. I have been crafting for a very long time, in fact i would say about 45 years now and i just turned 50 years old during the pandemic of 2020 (lets hope we never have to go through this again in our lifetime!) I was born and raised in Victoria Australia where i believe this is one of the best places on earth to live but that would be for another blog lol.
My mother was, and still is into lots of different types of crafts and got me hooked at a very young age. I first started off with hand sewing with felt and making little animals and other fabulous treasures that i loved and adored so much that i still have them today. I just simply love turning creative thoughts into pretty treasures to either keep or give away.
Another project that my mother got me into was Hobbytex. Does anyone remember these? Yes it was a paint in a tube that had a point like a pen at one end with a very tiny ball bearing in it so that it released the paint very easily. One of my fondest memories of crafting while growing up was when mum & dad bought a big box of Hobbytex for my birthday! This was a huge treat as they weren't cheap!
My mother then sewed a table cloth for my brothers and i to decorate. She bought a transfer pencil which we traced some children's characters and cartoon animals out of a colouring book. Mum then heat transferred these designs with an iron and baking paper all around the edges of the table cloth for us to colour in with the Hobbytex! We spent lots of hours colouring in these designs!
This tablecloth was to only come out to adorn the table when it was somebody's birthday in the family! Oh how I loved seeing this table cloth come out of the cupboard for birthday parties! This was such a fond memory of the parties that mum would throw for us kids, with home baked goods as far as the eye could see and friends from school who used to love these parties just as much as we did!
My mother used to sometimes sell her work at craft markets which was usually machine sewn dresses for little girls, homemade kitchen aprons or knitted jumpers and bed socks for the really cold winter months.
There was seriously nothing better than a pair of hand knitted bed socks, especially as we didn't have great heating in the house where i was raised.
I cant tell you how much i loved going to the craft markets! Not only to help my mother sell her things but to also wander around the market to see what everyone else was making. So many wonderful handcrafted things to look at and buy! But like most kids, i guess the stalls that were selling fabulous home made treats to eat was always a winner when we were leaving for the day and mum would let us buy something yummy to eat!
They sure were the good old days, hey!
One day my mother came up to me and asked me if i would like to sell some of my handcrafts at the market. Wow....this excited me so much at the thought of making some extra pocket money that i jumped right in and started making things to sell. My mother bought a craft book for me to inspire my craft making ventures.
I still remember vividly some of the things that i made for the stall.
I made some pom-pom birds (pom-poms were very big back in the seventies) the birds sat on a hoop that was bound with wool as a hanging decoration along with small pom-pom characters that had a face but no bodies but did have arms and legs and hands and feet!
I also made some hand sewn babies wrapped in a blanket as a trinket, and for those of you who are old enough or of a greater generation than myself will remember May Gibbs (an Australian children's author) with books about Snugglepot & Cuddlepie that had the cutest illustrations of native flowers and gum nut babies that inspired my children's earrings that I made with Fimo clay for the babies faces that sat in some very small gum nuts that i had found on the ground and was topped off with a metal hook and loop.
I had also turned sea shells that had been collected from a trip at the beach into little snails. I had painted the seashells with green paint and had sewn the bodies from felt and put very cute faces on them!
So as you can see my imagination was limitless when it came to crafting!
Pretty much everything i made enticed other children attending the markets to crack open their coin purses to give me some money! Wow did i get a kick out of selling my handmade treasures!
To this day i still love selling my handcrafted items and seeing the joy that they bring to peoples faces.
When i finally bought my first embroidery machine this started off a new avenue of gifts to sell.
My mother owned a card and gift paper shop at that time where i started embroidering items that we could sell.
Face cloths and hand towels with peoples names on them was very popular along with t-shirts with Australian animals or wild flowers on them. I also decorated baby bibs, baby blankets, carry bags, pictures in frames, clothes hangers with storage pockets and also ended up doing special orders for whatever else that the customers wanted.
It was always thrilling when customers would tell us where they were posting these gifts off to.
Pretty much every corner of the globe my work was being sent to, but the best destination that a face cloth was going to was the Australian Base Camp in the Antarctic! How cool is that! Not exactly your every day destination!
Anyway, this leads me to my embroidery designs. When i am designing embroidery sets they do tend to get a bit on the large side as i cant help myself when I'm in design mode. I then need to split the packs up to make them more affordable and that's why you will see a few packs of similar designs in my embroidery sets.
I guess because of my up bringing I am always thinking about selling homemade gifts and tend to design for that purpose.
When i was selling sewing machines for a living and i had designed the cupcake pincushion set called Delectable Delights, we (as in my other girlfriends that i worked with) started selling the finished products in the store. We had made quite a few of the cupcake pincushions and placed them on some cupcake stands and placed them in the window and scattered around the store as well. The store was in a large shopping centre so we always had a decent size audience all of the time.
The cupcakes so were so bright and beautiful looking that they always attracted a lot of attention. We were selling them back then at $8.00 each and they sold like hot cakes! I swear that they were so popular that it was hard to keep up a constant supply all of the time. People who would normally never enter a sewing shop were coming in to just buy the cupcakes for gifts or for themselves as decorations!
At Christmas time we would make the plum pudding design to fill up one of the cupcake stands and it looked absolutely fantastic! I only wish i had a photo of the stand to show you. But it did get a lot of attention!
Now these cupcakes were so popular that we ended up having them in the window on display for over four years! My boss at the time was always very impressed every time that he visited the store that customers were always coming in to ask about the cupcakes and if they were for sale!
After about two years i decided that i had had enough of the cupcakes in the window and took the display out of the window. The next day my boss came in to deliver some stock and was not happy that i had removed the cupcake stand. I told him that i was going to decorate the window with something else because they had been there for so long, but he would not hear of it and wanted the cupcakes back in to the window.
And that's how they lasted in the window for so long right up until the shop itself was relocated out of the shopping centre. We seriously sold thousands of these little pincushions over that time!
Giving gifts that have been made and designed by me is extremely satisfying when i see the joy on the recipients faces! But my biggest thrill of all time is when customers who purchase my designs and tell me how much that they love them and love how they sew out! This really tickles my heart strings and makes me feel so very happy!
Well i hope that you enjoyed learning a little about me, until then, happy crafting and keep on embroidering!