There's a rush of excitement and a twinge of fear whenever I finish a custom embroidered hat.
The excitement is from seeing all of the requested elements come together in a piece that I'm proud to have produced. My skills develop as I push myself more with each design. I know that I am doing what I am meant to do after I emerge from the trance I find myself in while embroidering and see a finished piece has come together.
The fear is one I'm sure most artists are familiar with when creating a piece for a client: will they like it? I have found that the best way to curb this fear is extensive communication ahead of time.
Before I design and embroider your hat, here's what I need from you:
Any and all expectations and hopes you have for your hat! My process sometimes includes a sketch and sometimes does not, so I ask that you communicate everything you'd like ahead of time and then leave the rest to me.
The best way to share your expectations and hopes with me is by sending me:
- The design elements you want featured. For example, this landscape, that flower, this type of animal, that object, etc etc. Limit it to one or two required elements, but you're welcome to share any other ideas you have as well.
- Reference photos of the design elements from above.
- Colors that you have in mind for the embroidery. Do you like warm tones (browns, reds, oranges) or cool tones (greys, blues, purples)? Do you want the embroidery to be natural and subtle or bright and contrast from the hat?
- Photos/screenshots of hats I've designed that you are drawn to and what you like about each if you want any element of them present in your design.
While I want to have full creative control over how the design looks, what it consists of is entirely up to you. Giving me all of this information beforehand gives us both the comfort that I will come up with something you love.
Choosing a hat
I keep a number of hats in stock at all time to have plenty of options for you to choose from. Simply let me know what color(s) or shape(s) you have in mind and I will let you know what I have in stock. You can find examples of what I usually have from my instagram (@dianadawwwn) or my website, but I'm happy to share more options than you may see there.