|We've been toying with the creation of fine art using embroidery as the medium. This was our first piece where we tried special techniques to capture the look of line art. We were pleased with the results and it has since been stitched on artist canvas and framed. This particular piece is of the "Forty Mile Point Light" located north of Rogers City, Michigan (1897). An entire series of Michigan light houses is in progress.|
|This design came to us as a normal customer order. The Prairie Mill Windmill was being restored and the design would be sold in the gift shop. The artwork was line art and the customer wanted to maintain this look. Thoma knew exactly what look he wanted to capture, but the pathing of such a detailed design would not be easy, because too much back tracking would ruin the line art look. After a lot of deep thought the design was complete comprising of 27,000 stitch and one single trim, when the design is complete.|
|Following the line art theme, this design was created for left chest. The art was very detailed, However Thomas's ability to simplify designs into a creation all his own would capture the original artists style perfectly.|
|We find it interesting we are not as well known for wildlife designs as we are for corporate logos of high detail and large production concerns. The truth is, we get excited, you might call it giddy, when a piece of art comes our way that will allow us to demonstrate our ability to interpret wildlife in thread. This Zebra was done for the Pittsburgh Zoo and is a good example of our ability to make thread come to life. While the eye rocks, the nose and nostril posed the biggest challenge.|
|This duck was done for Ducks Unlimited in 2000 and is another example of our ability to capture wildlife in its truest form. This design measures only 2.25" wide. The most difficult part about designing satisfying animals is it isn't good enough to make the embroidery represent the animal itself, but it must have the distinct features that separate this particular species for all the others.|
|Isn't he great! This crest size design was just as much fun to create as he is to look at. Note the shading techniques used and how those shades bring the clown to life. There is no doubt the salesman who took this logo to the sales call won their business for life.|
|Metallic is not as difficult as you may think. We have discovered techniques which blend other types of thread with metallic threads to achieve a total metallic look, while improving the efficiency of the run time. The MGM Grand is an example of shading work accomplished with metallic thread. Not the easiest of tasks, but one which Thomas is very comfortable with.|
|This is another look at how we are able to use metallic thread to create service badges for police, fire, and other agencies. This is a specialized technique which we are able to do very well, providing the greatest appearance to the badge possible. We are experts at controlling the technical aspects of a design such as density. This allows our metallic designs to run smoothly and without the large number of thread breaks you may be accustomed to when you think of metallics.|
|This is another look at how we are able to use metallic thread to blend in the needed detail. This complex logo would not have had the "POP" the original art contained if we had not been able to blend in the needed glitz that made the design a show stopper.|
|This leopard was created as a stock design and is available in our Ginko Design Collection. In 2003 this design was the EMB Honors Stock Design First Place Winner.|
|This jacket back design is an examle of how applique may be used in the background to both reduce the amount of stitches in a design and provide demension in the design by providing a flat background. This allows the other objects created with embroidery to have more demension.|
|This applique design of stain glass used applique to reduce the overall stitch count by 50,000 stitches. More importantly it introduced an orange color throughout the design that when mixed with different densities of thread created many more shades and tones than thread colors that were actually used. The same green mixed with more thread and less applique creates a different color than when there is less thread and more fabric. This design is extremely striking to the eye, but rarely does the observer realize applique was used in the design.|
|This Hummingbird was created as a stock design and is available in our Ginko Design Collection.|
|This Dog was created as a stock design and is available in our Ginko Design Collection.|
|This Eagle was created as a stock design and is available in our Ginko Design Collection.|
|This Horse was created as a stock design and is available in our Ginko Design Collection.|
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