For a Musical Biker Chef

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When my daughter asked me to make a Christmas stocking for her husband, Harvey, I dragged my feet.  Knowing it needed to be unique and personal, I had no inspiration.  That was three years ago.  I reeeeally dragged my feet.

Last week, she sent a note asking would I please start working on Harvey’s stocking next summer.  That got to me.   She suggested something like a biking Santa or a chef.  Bingo!  I had my inspiration.

It shouldn’t have been that hard for me.  But he is an absolute computer genius so I was hung  up on that angle.  Now, focusing on his biking, cooking and musical skill, I could move ahead.

My fabulous son-in-law is an incredible chef.    My daughter, bless her heart, makes great toast and hot chocolate.  That’s all.  So Harvey does all the cooking, enthusiastically. Last year’s Christmas dinner has become a family legend.  And Rebecca sets a lovely table.


Chef Harvey’s Christmas goose 2011

Harvey is as passionate about biking as he is about cooking.  This past summer he joined almost 10,000 bikers on the the RAGBRAI  (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) bike safari, pedaling 525 miles across and around Iowa, in July, on purpose!

Once Rebecca had given me inspiration, the Amazing Designs French Chefs  collection came to mind.  I’m no big fan of chef designs (my daughter learned to cook from me) for my personal use because I don’t like to draw attention to my shortcomings.  But in my humble opinion, this is one of the most artistically designed and meticulously digitized embroidery collections ever.  The shading and detail are just amazing.  This doesn’t show the shading, but at least you can see the designs.

Sadly, this set is no longer available from Amazing Designs. I often wonder why embroidery design companies discontinue collections.

The biker chef with the chicken on his hat was selected, mirror imaged and edited to wear a Santa hat.  The chicken riding in the bread basket (YUKK!!!) was replaced with a small Christmas tree.  And the bike was stitched in red, like Harvey’s bike.

biker chef

Harvey is also very musical and was a member of the University of Pennsylvania marching band.  Needing a design to fill in the toe of the stocking, the musical staff and holly design fit nicely and repeated the   Fa la la la la  music themed text  introduced above the chef.  The stars and swirls were added as filler and to brighten up the dark background.


musical toe


The body of the stocking is loden green ultrasuede, trimmed with jumbo black piping and a candy striped corded edge.  The lining is a muted red and green plaid. The polar fleece cuff was serged with the wave stitch and embroidered with Harvey’s name.




The stocking will look nice hanging next to the black ultrasuede one I made for Alastair.  Rebecca’s 34 year-old hand knit sock is a very different style.  It will be interesting to see if sentimentality overrules her Sugarbaker design sense.  hmmmmmm….though I do have some deep rose ultrasuede in my stash.

What are you sewing for Christmas?

14 responses to “For a Musical Biker Chef

  1. You are so creative. The stocking is just as cute as can be. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sue

  2. Thanks, Sue. Like you, I’d rather be sewing lace and batiste, but you sew what needs to be sewn. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sue. I do so miss seeing you.

  3. Shirley Boyken

    Absolute genius! That’s what I call it! I’m speechless and that doesn’t happen very often!

  4. Love it! Don’t you just love being able to adapt designs to make them personal? Our family has needle pointe stockings. I did the hand work for my 3 children’s stockings. However, when the family began to grow with a DIL, 2 SILs and grand children, I purchased finished needle pointe stockings and added the names. There are now 13 hanging on our fireplace!

    No real Christmas sewing here. No new Christmas outfits this year. Making Kennedy a red wool coat with black velveteen collar and cuffs.

  5. Janice, I love it. I relate to the lack of inspiration when it comes to some types of sewing. You really did a great job coming up with something special. It sounds like your daughter’s husband has a lot in common with my husband……..loves to do most of the cooking *and* loves to bike. Good for your daughter!

  6. The ability to personalize designs for projects is probably my favorite thing about machine embroidery. Your needlepoint stockings sound gorgoous. I hope your mantle is firmly attached to the wall! Filled up, those 13 socks could carry a lot of cargo! Let us know how the coat is coming along. It sounds beautiful.

  7. Thanks, Shirley. I know you like the musical notes and staff on the holly design. They really are charming.

  8. I love the stocking Janice, what a clever idea for a stocking–especially for a man, they are hard to choose for sometimes when doing machine embroidery. I have only been doing FSL ornaments for Christmas, I need to finish three quilts, they are the 1600 quilt, they are so closed to being finished but I’m not sure I will finish them before Christmas but hopefully right after.

  9. Betty, you must be scurrying! I hope you get your projects done and will share pictures with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Is there anyone who would have this embroidery set and willing to sell asap. I’m like you and wondering why it was no longer available. Surely someone has a pattern still. Please help me out as like you several years ago, I want to make these as a super great Christmas present for our daughter in chef school. Thanks for your time and attention and happy hollidays

  11. Joy, this design collection would be so perfect for your daughter! With all the electronic sales, it seems that it would be easy to make available any design a company has ever had for sale. I will post a request on one of the sewing lists to which I subscribe. There is an In Search Of section and perhaps someone there has this set and would like to sell if. I will forward any responses to you. I wish I could be more help.

  12. Joy, I found the chef collection! It has been renamed Gourmet Delights and is still available at the Amazing Designs site here. Not only is it still for sale, the price has been greatly reduced to $9.99. Wish that had been the price when I bought it. Get busy sewing for your chef daughter.

  13. please you have idea how I have the possibility to buy a copy from musical biker embroidery designs thanks be ALWAYS BLESS

  14. Carmen, the only way you can reproduce that design is to buy the various collections from which it was made. I’m sorry I cannot be more helpful.

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