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Custom Project: Detective Agency

Custom Project: Detective Agency

I thought you might enjoy seeing the process behind a recent custom order for the local band Detective Agency. Nate, Amy, Kyle, and Ulrika are pretty spectacular, and with a suggestion of using orange in some capacity, I began my pondering.

I found a number of amazing overdyed Weeks Dye Works floss packets at The Cottage Needle, all in spectacular shades of orange. I first learned about Weeks Dye Works from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, one of the first companies in the early 2000s that offered contemporary cross stitch patterns.

I spent lots of time on the Frosted Pumpkin website when I was in the hospital because I kept making plans for all of the cross-stitch projects I was going to do after I was well enough to leave. I, surprisingly, did make progress on many of them, even finishing a few!

I pictured the font that might be used on the windowed door of a 1970s detective agency. Something along the lines of this:

I was also inspired by mid-century pulp fiction, although those vibes didn’t really make their way into the final product.

Here’s the final piece, both front and back. I found this fabric at Stitches Seattle and immediately knew I wanted to use it as a backing fabric. It was too busy for my regular work, but made a perfect pop of color when a piece is turned over.

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  1. Good morning!
    I never knew one could finish the back of an embroidery piece. It certainly does finish it off nicely! Keep up the good work. You offer nice combinations of thread, fabric and stitches.
    Keep it up kiddo!
    Love ya,

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