Sunday, August 14, 2011

Crabby scarves

My daughter is finishing up her summer internship with the Smithsonian this week. I suggested she give her supervisors a gift for putting up with her providing such a great experience, and offered to embroider something. She told me one of the "running gags" at SERC was that whenever someone saw a crab, someone else would say "I pinch!" I had no idea what this meant until she pointed me at the following commercial:

So, I suggested doing polar fleece scarves with a crab on one end and "I pinch!" on the other.

I finished them just in time for her to take back with her for her final week.

The crabs are from Embroidery Library, although I had to edit out all the background swirls because my hoop isn't big enough.

They stitched out at just a few millimeters under the legal eating size!\

I did the text with Embird's Font Engine:

The scarves were lined with some cotton remnants I had in my stash. I look forward to hearing how the recipients like them!


  1. These are lovely! I had to watch the commercial because, here in the UK, I've never seen it - very cute. Nice idea for a gift too, everyone needs a scarf sometime.

    Nice to hear from you again btw, we used to be 'in contact' a long time ago :) Joanna

  2. Felicity from Down UnderAugust 17, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    They are lovely and, I'm sure, will be much appreciated.

    I'm curious to know how you've fixed the lining to stop it slipping? Or does that solve itself because the cotton is "sticky" by comparison with the fleece? (My question is prompted by experience with a very long fleece scarf I've done that doesn't hold its shape because the layers of fleece do slip.) I'd be grateful to hear your suggestion.

  3. Ahhh BEAUTIFUL scarves, I know one of those would make me very!


  4. Felicity, I didn't do anything special, aside from cutting the lining smaller than the fleece so the fleece would wrap around to the backside. I was going to stitch in the ditch to tack it all down but in the end decided not to. I actually didn't want to line them, but my daughter didn't want to have the embroidery backside showing.

  5. Looks like you may have to do a short tutorial on house to line a fleece scarf with cotton. Those mitered corners are to dye for. Like your Daughter, I don't like backsides showing either. But my lining attempts are NEVER that pretty!


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