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.


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


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


stitching in the car

Yosemite (137)

and stitching at the Ahwahnee


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).