All (both) of us here at DrawZone7 love holidays and want to make specific designs/products for as many of them as we can. And here we are, with Fathers Day right around the corner. Maybe it’s me, but shopping for Dad is usually a bit tricky. Do you get him something practical, something fun? Should I do like I did as a kid and get that Old Spice gift pack? Ha ha…it’s the thought that counts right?
So we need a Curlish.com design for dads…
Personally, I like to have a bit of fun with symbols. Thinking about dads in general brings me to that paternal everyman, appropriately attired behind the BBQ grill. Pretty stereotypical of course as women do grill, though somewhere along the line it became firmly associated with fathers. The big question we had is: do dads really wear french chef hats when grilling T-bone steaks? I’ve personally never seen it happen, but it’s common in all of those 50′s advertisements and just about every classic cartoon ever made. It’s a shorthand for “dad” straight out of post-WWII suburbia.
But I also think about friends, and all of my pals with kids are high tech…not a one would be caught without a respectable computer in the office, and an XBox/PS/Wii hooked up to the flatscreen in the family room. They are never more than 4 feet from the internet at any given time. But, interestingly enough, these dads appear to be more committed to the grill than their baby boomer fathers. Perhaps this is not universal, but it does seem to be true with my friends and family.
We hope your dad will enjoy this Curlish take on a classic theme!
With the help of various pieces of software, I’ve been converting some of our designs to be readable by computer controlled sewing machines. It’s a fascinating process, though fairly complex. It’s important to maintain strict control over these giant needle-wielding SewBots or they could get out of hand and stitch all of humanity right out of existence. With great power comes great responsibility, don’tcha know.
As you can see above, there is lots of information in the finished (Tajima .DST) files to detail the path of every stitch. Fascinating, no? As this is a new experience for me, and each design breaks down differently, a certain amount of trial and error has been required. In the end, however, the results are worth the time spent and I can’t wait to get me a sherpa-lined hoodie with The Hammer on it.
If you have a favorite design here on DZ7, that isn’t embroidered (you can check here), let me know and I’ll see what we can do about getting it onto a polo shirt or jacket for you!
Welcome to DrawZone7
We are a couple of folks who wanted to see what would happen if we combined our individual skills and passions to make something new. Icy cool concoctions of curling, graphics and the web, DZ7 and Curlish.com are the results.
With fun graphics added regularly, and plans for a range of other curling-related projects, we hope you’ll come back to check on us once in a while. You can, of course, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for occasional updates.
-Lenore and Tom