I spent some free time last night doing a fun little Derby towel for my kitchen. This phrase is all over Louisville, where I live, as we gear up for the Kentucky Derby. (I think it started many years ago with Roller Derby but was picked up by a shop called A Taste of Kentucky and now we all use it). The actual horse race is about 2 minutes long but it is important to our town so we spend a couple of weeks celebrating it with a bunch of other activities, including a huge fireworks show, a steamboat race, a hot air balloon race, bed races, a marathon, concerts, parties, and dozens of other events meant to create a festive atmosphere to encourage visitors and citizens to spend money and celebrate! If it is good for Louisville, I am all for it.
To make my project...
|Screenshot from my Embrilliance file for this project|
I used Embrilliance Enthusiast software to remove the bottom stitched elements of a frame I got at Boutique Fonts. Click here to link to that file.
I used Embrilliance Essentials to place and size the horse and font. The horse is from Embroidery Online. Click here to link to the horse file. The font is from Jolson's; click here to link to that one. It is available as a .bx file so it is super easy to use with this software! Embrilliance allowed me to print off my finished design at actual size so I used that to guide placing the design on my towel.
The towel was pre-washed before embroidering. Fabric was sewn to the bottom of the towel after embroidering to make it look a little more "boutique" style. I hooped two sheets of tear-away stabilizer and floated the towel on the hoop. I used water soluble stabilizer (WSS) as a topper. The threads were from Metro.
I was really pleased with this project and I think it would make a fun gift for a Derby party hostess.
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