Grandson Alastair, 8 yo, is still enchanted with the Harry Potter series. As I mentioned in an earlier post, prior to HP, this 2nd grader was a good but unenthusiastic reader. Now he can’t put the books down and is an excellent reader with a greatly enlarged vocabulary. This college English major Nana couldn’t be more pleased.
So I’m feeding his literary enthusiasm with HP embroidered items, like the Gryffindor crested shirt and the shorts with the prized golden snitch shown above. The designs were all found on Etsy.
He was absolutely delighted with the 9 3/4 applique shirt I sent last week.
This black shirt was also included in the package I sent today. The Marauder’s Map embroidery really tickles me because I love the fun that comes with glow-in-the-dark thread. The footprints are stitched in Superior’s NiteLite but I couldn’t wait until dark to take a picture of the glowing tracks. You can use your imagination.
FYI: from http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Marauder%27s_Map— “The Marauder’s Map is a magical document that reveals all of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not only does it show every classroom, every hallway, and every corner of the castle, but it also shows every inch of the grounds, as well as all the secret passages that are hidden within its walls and the location of every person in the grounds, portrayed by a dot.”
I thought this sleeveless black tee was perfect for the bad boy image the design projects. It’s funny because our compliant,responsible, obedient, well-behaved little guy is anything but a bad boy. He can do a little role playing while wearing this.
He can do a little role playing while wearing this.
Just in: Alastair playing the bad boy.
It’s really ridiculous that I spend so much time trying to get exactly the look that I want. It’s likely that Alastair neither notices nor cares that the applique’ fabric is fussy cut to show the vintage compass.
It is part of a fabric collection celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. The print is of an antique map, much like the one explorers used when–you know what’s coming—
“In 14 hundred and 92 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. October 12th they sighted land, And set their feet upon new sand.”
I wasted precious time searching unsuccessfully on-line for old map fabric, then studied all the tan fabrics in my stash, even checking the wrong side hoping to find an old parchment look. My thoughts returned to an earlier post, How Good is Good Enough? I was so pleased when I found just what I wanted right there on a shelf in my sewing room, a piece I had long since forgotten.
The footprints caused me no end of grief. That thread does not like short stitches and each footprint has a multitude of tie off stitches at the beginning and end of both the foot and the heel. For each of the first two footprints, I rethreaded at least 5 times after the thread broke.
I soon figured out that one or two tie offs was adequate, then advanced the design stitch by stitch until they were longer. Still the back is messy and there were some thread breaks. The design includes 18 footprints, 9 above and 9 below the text and map. In frustration, I skipped the last two which would have completed the circle next to “I”. In retrospect, I would have had fewer problems if I had resized the footprints a bit larger.
Now I’m off to embroider more Crookshanks (Harry Potter) kitty cat shirts for Vivian Rose. I had to include something in today’s package for her so an unphotographed Second Hand Rose pink smocked bishop dress was included. But without a cat, rainbow or leopard skin component, I doubt she will wear it.
So what are you sewing for summer? for your children or grands? I’d welcome the sight of some stitching other than Harry Potter.