It’s not often I get hired to produce a challenging one-of-a-kind work of art in my business, which is primarily stitching logo graphics for businesses. I was delighted when I was asked by a priest from Mt. Angel Abbey to craft two 4”x6” patches.
The patches were to be hand-sewn on a custom-made presentation cloak, a gift for an outgoing Abbey president. It promised to be a creative challenge to be sure, something I relished undertaking.
The setup of the threads alone took well over an hour for each design. The Melchizedek patch shown here contained around 57,000 stitches with 40 thread changes, which were required to render the details correctly. A patch of Christ had 66,000 stitches and 36 color changes.
One of my embroidery specialties is producing gradient blends, a skill which came in very handy here. Rendering the subtle shift in tone in the facial areas and in clothing are especially challenging for embroidery.
This was the first request for embroidery the Abbey had made from anyone. My delight in doing business is delighting customers by exceeding their expectations, and the praise I received from them for a job well done was heavenly.
I was also delighted that the project earned me another moment in the sun, a small article that appeared in Stitches magazine, the national trade journal for embroiderers.
Do you have a unique, one-of-a-kind project you want embroidered? To find out more, call Jolene at (503) 991-5266 Tuesday-Friday 9am-4:30pm Pacific time.