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Cali Embroidered Sweatshirt

CA stitched sweatshirt

sitting in a giant fallen Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove

I’ve been itching to make another embroidered sweatshirt after the one I made last summer. After seeing bears and the poppy fields and teaching art lessons that have to do with California, I am on quite the kick for my home state. So, a few months ago, a bear filled with poppies popped in my head as my next project. After stitching the bear, I decided that poppies on the inside might be a bit tough, so they went behind the bear. I drew the design at home, started stitching it on the drive up to Yosemite, and finished at the Ahwahnee hotel while sipping a tequila hot chocolate. I also sewed a 125th anniversary of Yosemite NP on the sleeve.

I quite love it! But I think it is time to start finding other things to embroider seeing as I’m not much of a sweatshirt person.

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a close up- it’s not easy to get a good photo of sweatshirt embroidery

Alaska 2014 DSLR (575)

a brown bear from my bear flight in Alaska last summer- the Alaskan brown bear is most similar to the extinct Californian grizzly

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California golden poppies- taken in March at the Antelope Valley Poppy Fields

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stitching in the car

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and stitching at the Ahwahnee

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Nautical embroidered sweatshirt

My mom has gotten big into embroidery over the past few years and has quite a collection of Sublime Stitching patterns. Last summer, I wanted an easy travel craft since we were taking so many road trips, so I borrowed the pin ups pattern. I embroidered an Everlane sweatshirt and I really love the quirkiness of it, despite my inability to stitch a non-wonky face. On our drive home from camping today, I dreamed up a design, so I think I’ll get another Everlane sweatshirt and make another. (I excited about it- it is a mash up of my two favorite Cali state symbols- poppies and the grizzly).
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