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New Patches

January 10, 2011

So I thought that I would stop the patch-making business because they are so tedious.  Plus, my fingers hurt after ever session of embroidery.  However, I made two more patches.  I made a Honda patch for my brother for Christmas this past year and I just had to have one myself.  In 2007, I bought a brand new 2006 Honda VTX1300C.  I immediately called him and told him.  Then about two hours later I was heading down the road and I saw him on a motorcycle.  Turns out he had gone to the same dealer and bought a 2006 Honda VTX1300C in charcola grey.  Mine was burnt orange.  So, we have that kind of bond.  We both love motorcycles and riding them.  Fast forward to 2011, he still has his bike.  He has put several new updates to it: exhaust, air intake, mirrors, saddle bags, etc.  I sold mine in 2009 so that I could pay for my house that I live in now.  Long story short, I love Honda motorcycles, and I wanted my own patch.  I also made another patch with a duck on it, and it says “the Flying V’s.”  This signifies my last name which starts with a “V” and ducks fly in a V pattern.  You might remember the old Disney Movie D2: The Might Ducks.  Anyway, these are my patches and I am planning on making a few more.  I was thinking along the lines of a duck riding a motorcycle.  We’ll see.


Embroidered Honda Patch

December 15, 2010

Alright!  So I finally finished my patch that I was making.  I decided to try embroidery because my brother had showed me a couple of patches that he had made.  I chose to make a Honda patch because I used to own a 2006 burnt orange Honda VTX 1300 C.  It was an awesome bike and I miss it.  Fortunately my younger brother bought the exact same bike only in charcoal grey.  So, I thought to myself that if I didn’t want the patch I could give it to him if it turned out okay.  I think he would appreciate it.  Anyway, I chose the Honda motorcycle emblem.  This patch was embroidered with brown floss onto a canvas background.  I actually used one of those environmentally-friendly bags you buy at the grocery store when you don’t want to use the paper or plastic bags.  Here we go!

First I traced the image onto the canvas.  I actually just pulled the picture up on my computer screen and traced it.  The canvas was transparent enough to do so.

Next I just simply used a Satin stich to basically fill in all the areas that I wanted to be the color brown.  I tried to make the lines as straight as possible but I found it really hard to do.  Plus I also found that you can’t fret over every little stitch; otherwise, you will be working forever to finish.  Unless you are an over-perfectionist, you don’t need to worry about it because it will turn out pretty good and everyone you show will be impressed.

I was going to finish there but I thought it definitely needed more.


At this point it looked really good as is…if it were just embroidery work, but I wanted a patch.  So, I added a border.  You can’t see it in the picture (below) but I put a piece of red cloth behind the patch while I embroidered the border so it had a nice backing.  Lastly, I simply cut the patch out.  I intentionally left about 1/8″ around.  I felt it made the patch look a little more rugged, lending itself to the bad embroidery.  I like the way it turned out.

Well, there you have it.  I hope you give this a try.  I think anyone can do it as long as you have patience (this piece took about 10 hours to make).  I am sure that you can get faster the more you do it.  Nonetheless, your friends will be very impressed when you show them the finished product.  I would like to experiment with doing more colorful work in the future and I will surely post it. 

If you would like to read more about embroidering patches, follow this link INSTRUCTABLES.  I have this site bookmarked.  I draw a lot of inspiration as well as help tips on how to do just about anything.  Thank you for reading.