The survey is still collecting words. Over 154 people have responded so far and there is some really fabulous stuff coming in. I forgot to include the age question, but am grateful that many of you are addressing age in your replies. I do hope you will participate as well.
Meanwhile, I am testing out fonts, font sizes, and stabilizers on the embroidery machine.
What is STABILIZER, you may ask? Oh my! Stabilizers are a science unto themselves. In order to withstand the rigors of the embroidery machine without scrunching up, turning into little nubs with gathered fabric...you need to have some kind of stiffening agent on the back of the fabric. There are all kinds of products for all kinds of fabrics. There is tear away stabilizer which looks like paper. There is wash away stabilizer which looks, sometimes, like old saran wrap you found laying around and sometimes like iron on interfacing. There is iron on stabilizer, spray adhesives, stabilizers to be place on top of the fabric so the stitches do not disappear in the pile of a towel.
And then there is the issue of thread! Rayon, polyester, cotton, cotton/wool mix, metallic! Today I am stitching with a rayon thread and it is shredding at all possible points that it can! So, I am getting very good at threading the machine, backing up in the design and re-starting. Right now i am going to take apart the machine and remove a "shred-ball," a "technical" term for nasty mess of shredded thread. Whew!
When I have finished stitching my 2 text samples, I'll photograph the fonts and ask for your feedback.
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."