Interview with Ulrike Pontt from Tea Tree Embroidery

Tea Tree Embroideries, are a market leader in creating quality embroidery designs. Featuring embroidery designs by Ulrick Pontt who likes to be known as “Ricky”


Let us know a brief about you and your education background?
Started my education in primary school in Germany. Came to Australia and continued it in a very small country town of Walla Walla, near Albury, in New South Wales.
When I finished primary school, went to the Albury North High School, Albury, and continued there until Year12. Received my Higher School Certificate (HSC).

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How did you get into the embroidery industry? Tell us a little about the journey and about yourself.
I started by sewing and knitting for my kids and myself.
I also did a fair bit of hand embroidery.
After the kids grew up and left home, I decided that now I would have time for patchwork.So went to classes.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on whether you ask my hubby or me, they also sold embroidery machines and taught machine embroidery.
They were always a bit beyond my reach,price ways, so told myself I don’t really need one.
I had also dabbled a bit in free motion embroidery.
I did have my eye on the Janome Memory Craft 300E, though.
The shop ran a Mother’s Day Special which included the MC300E, the software and a few extras.
I dragged hubby down to the shop and, because I had been going to this place for so long for patchwork and hubby got to know the owners too, we got an even better deal on the MC300E.
The lady who taught machine embroidery at the shop is also a friend of mine, and she was selling her Janome Digitizer Pro because she was upgrading.
So, guess who got a pretty good deal on that one too.
I have now upgraded it to Janome Digitizer Pro/MB.


What is the most challenging part of your career?
I would say the most challenging part would be to try and create something a little different then the normal, run of the mill embroidery designs.
But that takes time, and I am still working on that.


Where do you get ideas for your designs?
I get ideas by talking to my friends or reading questions about the availability of certain designs on forums.
And just thinking about what would be a bit different or unique.
Is there anyone in this industry that inspires you ?
There are three designers in this industry that inspire me, Sue Box, Glenn Harris and Jenny Haskins.
The latter because she, and her son Simon, come up with such lovely designs for quilts utilizing both patchwork and embroidery.

Where do you want to see yourself in the next 10 years?
To be able to digitise FSL designs like Sue Box, realistic animals like Glenn Harris and design quilts like Jenny and Simon Haskins.
And to own a embroidery machine with a larger hoop size.
Well, we can all dream :-)


Do you sell products on your website or online?
I started by selling my designs on my own website, Tea Tree Embroideries, then on Embroidery Passbook as well as the Passbook Club.
Now I sell my designs just on Embroidery Passbook and the Passbook Club.
I also look after the Passbook Club, which is a membership orientated site offering 75% off all  their embroidery designs as well as promotions and free designs for members through out the year, Non-members are welcome to purchase the designs at the retail price.

Share us your free time activities, hobbies.
I belong to a group, the Log Cabin Angels. We meet every Monday night and the second Saturday of each month. There are about seven or eight members who turn up every week and probably about twelve in all that turn up on the Saturdays.
We started by making quilts for those in need and now it has escalated to much more.
Because we use donated fabrics which could be anything from beautiful patchwork cottons to polyesters, curtain  samples and fleecy, to mention just a few, we have expanded and now make a lot of other things as well, like T-shirts and windcheaters etc.
I use a lot of my design test stitch outs to make the quilts.
I also have a group of ladies that meet at my place every Monday and Friday. It started as a patchwork group, an extension to the class most of us used to go to, but it has now graduated into an unofficial charity that makes quilts, amongst other things, mainly for the Craniofacial Unit here in Adelaide and Little Quilts of Love for the hospitals.
We are just a group of girls who have been friends for a very long time.
Hubby walked in one day and called us the Ricky Mouse Club. It stuck :-)
That is what I do in my spare time. Pretty much more of the same, but it is a lot of fun when you get together with a great bunch of girls.


Any suggestions do you want to give to newbie in the embroidery industry?
The only suggestion I would like to make is that, with all the competition out there, it is very hard to make a go of it if you just plan to sell embroidery designs.
They will have to be not only good, but different.


My creations in embroidery can be found here  by CLICKING HERE