To make it all much worse, I'm almost out of the machine embroidered linen I've been using for my embroidered coifs that I sell at Trulyhats.net and I can find more of it NOWHERE.
So - I've decided to have some fabric custom embroidered just for me! Sounds like a great plan, yes?
The issue has been that I lacked an awesome, clean vector art file of the pattern I want, and I'm an Adobe Illustrator beginner. Not even an advanced beginner. I know enough Adobe Illustrator to spend over fifty hours tweaking a file, looking at YouTube for how-tos, moving little points and lines around till 3:00 AM, and then totally screw it all up by grouping a compound path all wrong or something. (Not that this happened, or anything.) (This totally happened.)
This is why it's taken a year for me to get to this point.
I finally decide on a design with this awesome blackwork pattern that I yoinked from the cover of this embroidery book:
|Since I don't actually OWN this book, I've no idea what this embroidery is ON (Coif? Pillow? Sleeve?)|
but it looked just like I wanted, so I'm not going to worry about it.
SO. Since I'm likely to have to order 80 yards of this fabric (which will last me for EVER unless I decide to try to sell the yardage) I had better be for SURE fer shur about the scale, pattern and size.
Naturally, the only thing to do was to make a mockup coif with the pattern drawn on.
So this afternoon, there I was, with paper and fabric all taped to the glass of my back door (otherwise known as the poorman's lightbox) tracing the design onto some linen with a Sharpie marker.
Results: I love it.
|Admit it - You're totally jealous of my SharpieCoif™|
|Biggest design difference seems to be the lack of white space present in the actual Elizabethan pattern.|
Also - I found it fascinating how different the same exact coif pattern looks on two different heads. Hairs. Hairdos. Whatevers. You get it.
|Another groovy composite montage thing. I'm an advanced beginner with Photoshop :)|
Now I just need to get back in touch with my fabric person in India to see if the estimate she gave me last January still stands. Fingers crossed! I sure hope this works out. As enamored as I am with the SharpieCoif, I cannot WAIT to see yards and yards of it all machine embroidered!