When I was young and complained of being bored and having nothing to do, one of my aunts would tell me “If you’re bored, it’s because you’re boring”. It was annoying at the time, but as I’ve gotten older the message has taken on a certain resonance. If I’m bored, with my life, my job, my friends, my exercise routine, whatever it might be, it’s probably because I’ve let myself slip into a rut and as a result I’ve become boring. If being something other than boring is on my agenda, it’s up to me to figure out how to do that. I need to change things up or do something different.
When it comes to embroidery there are a lot of people doing amazing things, but the reality of it is that the bulk of work for most machine embroidery business owners is pretty standard. It’s the corporate logo on the polo shirt, the monogram on the towel, the sorority letters on the sweatshirt, the football team name on the sports bag. While such items may not be the most exciting in the world, and may even become routine, they’re also the items that pay the bills and buy the thread and keep the machines running. Everyone needs a certain amount of this sort of thing to successfully run a business.
The danger comes, at least in my mind, when we forget that machine embroidery is also an art. Think about it, people who machine embroider make wearable or usable art, whether it’s an awesome design on the back of a jacket, or a unique monogram for the pocket of a tote bag. I’ve seen some amazing embroidery work and almost always that work came from someone who had stepped out of their routine and tried something new. Maybe it was a new thread. Perhaps they tried a new design technique. Maybe they digitized in a different way. Whatever the difference, these people took a step outside their comfort zone and tried something new and the result was a spectacular finished piece that inspired others to try something new as well.
Today I want to spread that inspiration around a little. If you’ve created and/or sewed out a design of which you’re really proud, I invite you to share the story with us here in the comments on this blog. If the unique and cool item you created was made with EnMart products, you’re also more than welcome to add a photo on the EnMart Facebook page. It would be really fun to have a collection of photos of amazing work that has been done using EnMart products. Whatever avenue you choose, I hope you all will share your work.