The Luxe Machine Embroidery of Gothic Lolita Fashion

If you’ve never heard of Gothic Lolita, Wikipedia has the broad but somewhat underwhelming definition of a “fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian and Edwardian clothing.” When you really dive into the subculture however, you realize just how rich that fashion is. Luxurious coats, frocks, and dresses all dolled…

Machine Embroidery, Identity, Expression, and Memory

All careers have their stressful moments, but whenever my stint in the commercial embroidery world has me facing off with a nonplussed co-worker, I’ll often try to back down the frantic tone of the conversation, jokingly asserting ‘Hey, we’re not exactly saving the world here. We make clothes pretty.” While…

Let’s Patch Things Up

It’s a good moment in history for machine embroidery. As you may have noticed, patches (along with their tinier, shinier cousin, the enamel pin) are everywhere right now. And here, in this machine-oriented corner of Mr X’s esteemed embroidery blog, it’s about time we talked about it. People have been…

6 Tips on the Transition from Hobbyist to Pro Embroiderer

If you’ve been reading my work a while, you’ll know that I design and digitize embroidery for a fairly sizable embroidery shop; namely Black Duck Embroidery and Screen Printing in Albuquerque, NM. I started my machine embroidery adventure firmly placed in the commercial world; the first machines I ever operated…