Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Really Cool Applique Script!


A few days before Christmas a picture popped up in my Facebook feed that really intrigued me. I quickly purchased the Applique Script Alphabet once Hang To Dry Applique released it, and finally today I got around to using it!!
Cool, right? And how about that adorable model?? ;)

This alphabet is really neat. The letters are individually digitized with gaps so that when you merge them together in software it creates the appearance of a continuous stitch. Since it's a simple running stitch for placement and a triple bean stitch for tackdown, it can be resized. Dashiell has such a long name--I had to shrink it to 77% to get it to fit on his shirt, and it stitched just fine!
At the machine, this goes very fast. Run the placement stitch, lay down the fabric, then stitch the final color. All the trimming is done at the end, so I took the shirt off the hoop and trimmed it out while watching a movie with my daughter. Here's what it looks like right out of the hoop:
Lots of little jumps to trim, but when they are gone, it looks like one big continuous stitch. At first I thought about just trimming around the outside like this:
But I felt like the details needed to be trimmed more. The openings inside the letters are small (especially since I reduced it in size) so some of them are just tiny slits. But it makes it look more legible.
 And confessions of a cheap mom... I finally joined Applique Forum (which I'm really enjoying!) to get a coupon code for the design set, this shirt was a free hand-me-down, and I used a scrap of knit left over from making Dashiell's birthday shirt.
 I really like the look of this and I'm anxious to play with it more!

7 comments on "Really Cool Applique Script!"

Cole's Corner on January 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM said...

It's super cute! Love it... and the model is precious. Man. He's getting so big.

Janay on January 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM said...

Thanks!
and I KNOW. What is it about the camera that makes kids look so much older?! Or maybe this really is how old he looks and I just refuse to see him that way? Can't believe he's three...

www.whimsicalfabric.com on January 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM said...

That is adorable. Is that Crissie's new font? If so, I have it, but haven't tired it yet.

Janay on January 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM said...

It sure is! Have fun playing with it when you can find the time. :)

Janay on January 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM said...

It sure is! Have fun playing with it when you can find the time. :)

Daisha on January 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM said...

Hey, I can really see this being made into our Opening Day shirts! I'll make sure to show it to Kelli and Debby! :)

Janay on January 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM said...

Daisha, YES! I think that is an awesome idea. :)

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