The original line art for the Rock-A-Bye DemonFae patch, by Marrus
Whenever I create a new embroidery design, there is some tweaking that goes on as the art moves from paper to a digital stitch file. Things that work in one medium don’t necessarily read well in another, and I have to be willing to play around to make the final product a good one.
When working in collaboration, as I do on the DemonFae patches I create with Marrus that process becomes even more involved, as now it must satisfy not just me, but also the artist I’m working with!
Rock-A-Bye, first round of edits
It all begins with a line art drawning that Marrus sends to me. We both know the color scheme that should go into these patches, so I’m able to fill in that detail, as well as textures, on my end as I work on the embroidery design. Once I’ve done the first draft, I send a computer sim of the patch over to Marrus, and she makes edits on her end – places where she feels the design could change to work better with the various elements, fit more dynamically in the circular shape, or anything else that she feels isn’t working right. She sketches those edits in right on top of the embroidery, and shoots the new image back to me.
Second edits on Rock-A-Bye.
In a perfect world, this would be it. But anybody who is an artist knows that getting two people to agree on an artistic vision, and both feel satisfied with their portion of the work, is never that easy. Another computer sim goes out, another round of edits comes back in.
On the Rock-A-Bye patch, this was the final sketch version. It’s the second piece we’ve done together, which makes the process a lot smoother than the first one was. Marrus has a better sense of what embroidery can do, and how to communicate that to me. I have a better sense of what she wants from a final product, and how to achieve that with fewer (and simpler) do-overs.
And finally, we end up with a finished design, a real thread-and-fabric patch that we both love, and are happy to put up for sale to our fans! I get them run on half a dozen or so colors and get the listing live on my website, and then the fun begins! Sharing the images with all of you, and hoping that you love the DemonFae as much as we do.
There are, at the moment, two DemonFae patches available – Rock-A-Bye and Starry Contemplation. Both can be ordered with a variety of background colors at the Storied Threads website, and look great in a fame, on a bag, or as the centerpiece of a denim jacket. How will you use YOUR DemonFae patch?