This article is brought to you by Brown Paper Stitch, my business that makes your wardrobe pawesome by embroidering your pets on clothing.
I am an illustrator at heart. I have my undergrad and graduate degrees in illustration, and it’s why I love creating custom embroidered pet portraits. Collaboration with a client—a cornerstone of illustration—is when I am at my best, and I get a lot of joy from the process. One big reason is that ya’ll bring some awesome ideas to the table—things I probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own. In doing this, it expands Brown Paper Stitch and inspires me to think in new ways.
One of my latest commissions is on a garment I’ve never stitched before—a white coat that a veterinary student will wear during her clinical year in school. I have so much respect for veterinarians and I’m so excited to be able to stitch her kitties. But had she not asked, I would’ve never considered stitching on a white coat.
So, if you have an idea for a custom pet portrait (that I don’t already do), just ask! I love stitching new things. Message me on Instagram, Etsy, or send me an email. Without suggestions, I would’ve never stitched Midge—one of my favorite shirts to date!