NeedleAndThreadly

Embroidered fabricky awesomeness.

Cedar Park, Texas · 412 Sales

NeedleAndThreadly

Embroidered fabricky awesomeness.

Cedar Park, Texas 412 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Daphne Brune

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Starting the stitch out on this towel. I love typography, so I was really excited about this design.

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Climbing the ranks to Imperatrix of Fabric and Thread

I've been a nerd as long as I've been breathing, and I've loved fabric as long as I can remember. One particular memory - my aunt Peggy gave me the leftover fabric from making my aunt Dot's wedding dress. I loved the way the heavy cream satin felt in my hands. I played around with needle and thread and playing with textures and colors, but never really got past playing. In 7th grade Home Ec, I finally learned to use a sewing machine and made a football pillow. Around the same time, I discovered hand embroidery. I loved making pictures out of thread! Years passed, life happened, and I didn't sew anything past minor repairs with a hand needle nor touch a single bit of embroidery floss after high school.
While serving in the U.S. Navy, I got tired of the expense and wait times of having the Exchange sew on my nametapes and rating badges, so I bought a Singer two-stitch sewing machine for around $70. Soon, I was sewing these things on for my shipmates as well. After I left the Navy, my poor Singer sat dusty for a couple of years until I decided to make some pajama pants (with flames!) for my son and pajamas for my daughter one day while staying home with her during an illness. This relaunched my love affair with fabric and creating things with it. Soon I was making outfits for other children as well. Also being nerds, we spend a lot of time at the Texas Renaissance Festival. I loved the period dress, but didn't have the budget to spend on a quality made gown. So, I made my own Tudor court gown, researching the period and scouring the Houston area for fabrics. Then I made pieces for our friends and my husband.
I often missed the ability to hand embroider, as my hands can no longer hold the needle due to nerve issues. So my husband bought me a Brother sewing and embroidery machine combo for Christmas. I was HOOKED from the start! I scoured the internet for designs that appealed to me - nerdy, funky, fantastic. Then, one fateful day in 2010, my husband asked me to PLEASE make him and his best friend dice bags - he couldn't find anything better constructed than his old Crown Royal bag. So, I drew up a design and, using my small field Brother, I embroidered dragons and quotes from the Wheel of Time on velveteen and made them dice bags. I'm proud to say that while my bag making and embroidery game has improved since then, that original dice bag is still in use. Unfortunately, I wasn't satisfied with a 4"x4" embroidery (NEED MORE BIGGER AWESOMENESS!!!), so I graduated to a Husqvarna Viking machine. It was with this machine that my husband finally hounded me into starting my own business. He says it's because I do such beautiful, high-quality work that people want to buy, but I think it's because he knew I was running out of stuff to embroider and I didn't want to bombard our loved ones with All The Embroidered Things. Oh, and to pay for my rather expensive fabric habit and the digitizing software I wanted to start creating my own embroidery designs. This little Etsy shop and booth at a local craft fair every year grew to the point that I needed to upgrade my embroidery machine, and we welcomed a new addition to the family - a Brother Entrepreneur PR1050x.
Finally, 7 years later, he convinced me to start selling the dice bags I've been making for our circle of gamer friends in addition to the other items I've been making and selling. I've been overwhelmed at the positive response - they like me, they really like me!
Let me make something awesome for you!

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  • Daphne Brune

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    Mild mannered IT Professional by day, creator of fabricky awesomeness by night/weekend. I am a happily married mother of two kidlets, and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Embroidery and sewing is my happy place.

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