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In the Corvo Embroidered post, I mentioned 2 posts at least which were coming at you. This is one of them! Finally. Here I will detail how I went about making sure the finished embroidered piece was exactly sized and placed so that the pattern could then be assembled. Fortunately, this particular challenge was made significantly easier because I had a blank canvas to work on. Essentially, I had an entire cow hide that I could embroider on and then draw the cut lines to ensure everything was positioned perfectly. The next challenge, which you’ll eventually see, is doing the exact same process on a finished dress! But regardless of whether I’m dealing with a raw pattern piece or a finished garment, the first step is always to obtain accurate measurements. And I do mean ACCURATE!! Preferably with lots of pictures. I asked the pattern maker to send me a picture of her pattern pieces with a ruler next to the pieces. I also specified these shots MUST be straight on – no angles at all. If she had to stand on her table or put the pattern on the floor in order to get a straight on, no perspective-skewed full shot of the piece, then this is what had to be done. Fortunately, she very handily got me what I asked for and sent me this picture: From here, I had to scale the artwork to fit the known measurement in the picture – in this case, the ruler. I know that ruler is 18″ tall by 2″ wide. I have the CorelDraw graphic arts software, but Illustrator works fine too. I’m sure there are others out there, but which one particularly...Read More
Been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but that does not mean I’ve been lolly gagging about. Far from it. I’m working very hard to build up the embroidery side of my business, and while the majority of that is aimed at business clients, there are still plenty of truly fun and creative things I get asked to do. This one has far and away been the most fun!! I’ll be cross posting this particular post not only here but also on my DW Embroidery blog since it will be total brag. The rest of the posts in this Corvo series will be essentially post-mortem, covering all the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. So if you want to learn from my mistakes on how to create multi-hooped goldwork embroidery directly onto leather so that that the finished piece is exactly sized for the pattern it needs to go on, then stick around here. Those posts will be right here since they are sewing/embroidery education posts and not necessarily marketing posts. What am I talking about? Some friends of mine (Brayton and Amy over at Legendary Costume Works) were working with Rebecca Dominguez (pattern maker extraordinaire for the movie and tv industry) on an assignment which needed some embroidery. I was recommended since I’m familiar with working with leather and I’ve also worked with metallic thread. The assignment they were working on was to make the promotional outfit for the upcoming game “Dishonored 2” with the main character of Corvo. It was his outfit that they were making. I am thrilled and proud of the final product for which I played my part. The finished outfit was officially...Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post. I’ll be honest here, like many creatives, I look at what I create and am not happy with what I see. My Inner Critic comes calling even during the planning process, and it just gets louder until all the praise in the world can’t drown out the Inner Critic. I spent a year and a half teaching classes almost daily and the number one thing I heard over and over again was “I’m afraid of (insert rest of sentence here).” It saddened me greatly that so many wonderfully creative, talented people would be so intimidated by their own imagination and the process of making that vision into a reality. It’s a huge reason why I started this blog, as a way of backing up what I was trying to impart to my students. It’s why I posted mistakes and talked about what I learned during the creation process. It’s why I try to include why a specific technique works as it does or a what a foot does mechanically or any other of the many “whys” or “hows” that I included. My entire goal, my reason for all of this, has been to encourage people to try. To have faith in themselves. To boldly embrace that creativity and let the chips fall where they may. To just have fun with it. Every time a student spoke about wanting something to be perfect, I stopped them. Perfection should never be the goal – that’s boring. Every mistake became a learning opportunity or a creative challenge while every crooked stitch just added character to the final piece. Skill comes with practice, and...Read More
There are a variety of different Block-Of-The-Month quilts available which are composed of individually embroidered squares. The example I’m using for this tutorial is the one from HoopSisters for their 2014 offering called Jacobean Journey. I’ve talked a bit about this here, but it’s mainly a color test. The first few months of blocks form the inner core and it’s pictured here while the second set is pictured here. I’ve now finished embroidering all the core blocks and I’m about to start embroidering/piecing all the border sets – starting with the inner. Before I proceed with more embroidering, I decided to assemble the core in its entirety. Above I’ve laid out the part that was already assembled and now I’m fitting the new squares into place following the diagram. Of course, Wedge my trusty Sewing Room Helper just has to be present to make sure I get everything right. I’ve already assembled about 20 some blocks before this point, and I’ve learned through trial and error how to line these things up for the best end result with minimal effort. As I’ve said before, I’m a lazy sewist but I’m also very demanding – so I want it as perfect as I can get it with the least amount of effort. Everything I do is therefore an experiment in figuring out the best way to do just this. I came up with a system that works really well for me, but it never really crossed my mind to share it. A friend was helping me assemble these, and in the time that I put together a series of 8 she was still struggling to put together the first pair. Rather let...Read More
In addition to the blog posts here, the videos on YouTube and the instructional DVDs that are optional with some of the patterns, Dravon teaches a variety of classes and events at local sewing, quilting, fabric and craft stores as well as being available for private lessons or group events and even sewing parties.
Learn more about the many learning opportunities Dravon offers and be sure to check out the Events page! If you want Dravon to teach at your local store, contact that store and give them my website and contact information, then drop me an email and I’ll follow-up. We’ll see what we can do to get the party started.
Custom embroidered items are the perfect gift as well branded business promotional wear.
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Custom embroidered gifts create lasting memories for years to come. No matter what occasion you have coming up – from a Wedding celebration to a new Baby to a special Birthday to a Graduation party and so much more – DravonWorks sews each embroidered gift to order, enabling complete customization from lettering and color choices to layout and custom artwork. This approach allows us to focus on ensuring that your gift item is completely unique to your intended recipient!
DravonWorks is pleased to offer their sewn garment patterns which currently focus on Renaissance Era of the 15th and 16th centuries. Whether you are looking for something historically accurate or simply historically inspired, we’ve got you covered. We do offer our patterns in different categories, so that you can make sure to get precisely what you need!
The Historical Collection is geared for those who participate in Living History, Renaissance Fairs and other historically based educational activities. It focuses on historically accurate garment reproduction though using modern construction techniques, such as the use of a sewing machine. For those truly dedicated, the patterns can be stitched by hand as well!
The Costume Collection is more for historically inspired Action Theatre and entertainment as well as cosplay and other costumed events. This collection uses modern garment construction techniques to either emulate historical looks or springboards off historical looks to create theatrical interpretations which work well for pageantry and presentation performances.