What is Subway Art?

Several people have asked about the term “Subway Art” so I went looking for a definition. I found this post that describes it. What is Subway Art?

Basically, subway art, also known as typography art, is arranging words in a pleasing design, sometimes with other embellishments. Usually the words or phrases are related in some manner. In the embroidery world they are often used for birth announcements. A number of different fonts or typefaces can be used and size and color are also design elements. Text can run any direction. Adding lines or other dividers improves the readability of the text, especially if you are squeezing a lot of information into a small space. If you want to see some examples, Google ‘subway art birth announcement’.

Given the term ‘subway art’, I would assume it evolved from graffiti found in subway systems but I don’t know that for sure. Wikipedia wasn’t very helpful.


Two downloads again today.

Midnight Constellations 7Here is the next number of the Midnight Constellations font. You are welcome to use these files to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files. Be sure to test first.

Midnight Constellations 7 3″





6mm Fill Stitch HeartsYour second download is a collection of lines made from 6 mm  fill stitch hearts. Each zip file contains 3 different lines in 14 lengths (1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″. 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″ and 7″) plus a single heart. Since this is quite a few files, I’ve separated them by format so you can just download the ones you use. I haven’t tried the two-color hearts. There is no way to avoid the jump stitches and they may be too much of a pain to deal with. I don’t think my machine will cut a jump stitch that short.

The picture shows them all together, but they are separate.

6mm Hearts exp

6mm Hearts jef

6mm Hearts pes

6mm Hearts vp3

6mm Hearts xxx

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