Monday, November 25, 2013
How have you all been spending your November? Any Holiday gift making in the works? I'll be doing some scouting for project ideas that might make good gifts in the nest few weeks. That's enough time, right??? And of course I will be sure to share anything I decide to try and let me emphasize the word "try" here.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I don't post again before that. Haha - another joke there - we all know I won't post again before that. I mean we are close enough that I can just be honest, am I right? That what I love about our relationship!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Okay, so I only got to the sketch phase of this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Creature" but, hey, that is farther than I usually get. I always - every single week - do some brainstorming about the current week's topic and I love that creative exercise even if I don't always take it any farther.
But this week I did get a chance to take a few more steps. This sketch needs some work and many decisions and corrections here were left un-made - I realize that - but it's at it's stopping point for now. I had fun with it and I thought it was a great topic for Halloween week.
What are your Halloween plans? I think I am on candy duty again (distribution - not consumption - I promise!) After the kids are tucked in I will be parking on front of the tv and continuing my way through the Twin Peaks series. Vince had never seen it so he wanted to watch it and even though I have seen it (ages ago), I got sucked into it again. Have you seen it? Creepy....and kind of funny...and just weird. Perfect for Halloween.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Christmas arrived a little early over here at SeptemberHouse as the latest issue of Stitch-it...Today landed in my mailbox.
What was inside? An interview with little 'ol me in their Contemporary Artist Series.
I am thrilled to be a part of this very special holiday issue! There are so many great ideas, projects and practical information for needle crafters. My experience with this publication was absolutely wonderful and they so friendly and delightful!
Friday, October 25, 2013
I thought it would never happen but it did - I finished up a new pattern set today that was a LONG time in the making! Longer than I thought it would be for sure!
This new embroidery pattern collection is called "Snowflake Chalet" and is inspired by all things Alpine, cozy winter retreats, vintage ski lodge imagery and some of the good things about Winter. Yes, there are some good things!
I included a mix of simple and more complex designs with the hope that this set would offer something for everyone but also would invite stitchers to veer from the stitch guide if they wanted and use the embroidery stitches and colors they like best.
Will I be hitting the slopes myself this year or jetting off to a Nordic getaway? Probably not but I certainly saw some amazing locations when doing research for these designs. Talk about making the most of a dreadful season!
I cannot wait to see where in the world my embroidery takes me next!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
There is a new snow angel on the block. A new blond has hit the scene in her royal blue and mint green ensemble and she is ready for those first flakes to fly!
Aren't those little trees fun? Those poor little angels hated posing all by themselves and I am happy to give them a little company. Back to the studio for me for now but I hope you are all doing some creative experimenting as well!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Stitching up examples is something I really look forward to from the moment I start sketching. Not every pattern designer does this and it's not even entirely necessary - so why bother? Well, like I said, it's fun. I really can't imagine not wanting to see your design come to life in floss. It always takes on a new look at that point and the curiosity would kill me if I didn't give it a go.
Secondly, it gives you a chance to see where improvements might be made in your design. What stitches will work here and which won't? how many strands of floss will work best? and what size is ideal for this design? These are questions that get answered when you stitch up your patterns and I think they are important.
Some of my less loved tasks include choosing colors. These are some of the floss and fabric colors in the running this time around. You can see I have not strayed too far from my comfort zone! Most likely there will be some changes here and there before all is said and done.
So what, you may be wondering, is the theme of this new set? Well, I can't give that away entirely just yet but I will say that that it has a Winter feel, but not necessary a holiday feel. You'll also notice a vintage but modern look too which is something I always strive to create.
When will it make it's premiere? Well, yesterday of course! Oh no, wait, that was my goal but I assure you that did not happen. Can I just say ASAP? I'll be sure to let you know!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A little happy surprise came my way yesterday and I am so excited to share it with you all today.
While flipping through the great selection of craft books at Sewtropolis yesterday I came across this lovely volume titled, "Mastering the Art of Embroidery" by Sophie Long. And guess what I found inside...
little 'ol me! Right there in the chapter about applique was my hydrangea
and my caroler ornament
What a happy discovery and how wonderful to be included in such a great resource. This book is quite thick and quite full of detailed instructions for all kinds of embroidery techniques. Also in the mix are my friend Melissa and fellow Minnesotans, Urban Threads - so obviously I'm sitting at the cool kid table on this one, am I right?