Rose of Tralee and one sock



FeisDress was asked to make the sash and be a sponsor for the 2006 Washington Rose of Tralee. We presented it at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on May 31st. We also got to meet this year’s candidates. Lovely, very confident young women. They said they would send a pic of the winner in the sash.

Susan and I had so much fun doing this! Susan of course designed the beautiful flowers on the sash using the idea of a celtic knot for the center flower. We decided on a font we liked, I changed it a bit, and then I got busy digitizing and embroidering the letters and the rose! I used my Bernina 200E. My Bernina software has an auto-applique function, but it did not like the knot in the middle of the rose and could not digitize it in the correct order. So I ended up digitizing it by myself. Then I changed the shape of some of the letters for a different look. Nothing like having to figure things out for yourself to expand your knowledge and skill base! Susan did the green knot/vine freehand on her machine. It turned out beautifully, if we do say so ourselves.

I did a tag for the inside of the sash using a font already in the Bernina software. I looked at the sashes worn at the International pageant last year…the sash sponsor’s name was on the front and was a bigger font than the Rose of Tralee! I find that odd, so we put ours on the inside.


I also finished one of Molly’s socks using Knitpicks Dancing. Feels great, but I would have to say that I was so worried about knitting too tightly that I did not knit tight enough. It has great stretch, but it could fit a bit more closely. So, I will do the other sock this way, but next time I will give in to my tendency to knit this yarn tighter.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. colin
    Jun 03, 2006 @ 19:20:00

    Gosh, the world is so full of creative people. I ma impressed by your work. I too machine knit as well as hand knit. I found your blog via your Socknitters post.

    Thanks for sharing your work with the rest of us.

  2. Ariannah Armstrong
    Jun 03, 2006 @ 20:21:00

    Love your blog! Nice knitting work. Thank you for sharing with us on the socknitters list.

    Ariannah in Nova Scotia

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