Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1
3.18.2015

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest.

SewLittleTime_Inspiration

One day, Dawn asked me to collaborate on an embroidery project with her based on a hand-drawn design. Of course! What a fun idea! So we put our heads together and came up with a cute saying: “Sew Little Time” — adorned with a cute vintage kitten. Purrfect. I designed the hand lettering portion, and Dawn created the kitten and will embroider it to make a one of a kind piece.

I began with basic pencil sketches. Then, we chose which style would be interesting and would read best when embroidered.

SewLittleTime_Conceptsketches

Here are some rough sketches

 

SewLittleTime_sketch2

Adjusting the letterforms.

 

SewLittleTime_sketch3

Retracing the image with darker ink.

 

From there, I refined some more: I added darker lines with ink, and when  I was happy with the design, I took it into both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; where I turned the design into a crisp and clean vector object.

SewLittleTime_snippet

Time for digitizing.

This embroidery pattern will become available online at ConnectingThreads.com in the near future.

So that’s Part One of our project, I hope you enjoy! Part two will include Dawn’s embroidery.

 


3 comments

  1. Laurie - March 18, 2015

    Awesome!!

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    • Jenna - March 19, 2015

      Thanks Laurie!

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  2. Ann - March 20, 2015

    Another talent of yours! I see you sketching and drawing sometimes but I didn’t know about this interest. I like the fonts you drew a lot. Look forward to seeing the finished design.

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