Fashion as we know it can be regarded as a simple layer of clothes or as a statement. It may be political, or funny, or simply without a meaning. I like that about fashion, and I like that I can say something about myself without actually saying something. I just have to wear a damn shirt, in the most basic way so to speak. And everyone knows the power of words, that is why I like this project: It uses a craftsmanship like embroidery to help me express something. Or to just be funny. But that lies in the eye of the beholder!
The art of embroidery
Let’s talk embroidery for a moment! For embroidery is an old handicraft which doesn’t seem to have changed very much over the course of a few centuries. This means that embroidery from China dated back to the 5th–3rd century BC doesn’t differ much from the embroidery you find today. I find that so remarkable! Of course people depict different subjects now, and the process has been mechanized, but the basic technique stays the same. Which makes me wonder why I haven’t pursued this craft earlier. It’s definitely time!
Learn the basic stitches in this video:
- A white tee
- Embroidery frame
- Black embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
This one’s really easy: Clamp the t-shirt into the frame, take the collar area of course. Make it real tight! Now write your slogan with a pencil on the area directly below the collar, following its form. Use whatever font you like (and can embroider). I decided to use simple capital letters.
Time to embroider: Thread the floss, and let’s go! I used a simple back stitch because I’m just not experienced enough, but you can of course use any kind of stitch you like.
Carefully embroider every letter. You don’t even need that much floss and can work with scraps here.
Finish the job with a knot, carefully remove the embroidery frame and iron your shirt. That’s it!
I am so in love with this shirt, and so glad I took these words. I can imagine doing like a million different shirts like this (or this), always with a different quote for a different statement. Furthermore, behold, this work only took about 1 hour! Crazy how easy this was. I bet it can even look cooler with a more advanced style. I need to practice this asap! What do you think?