This blog has been so lacking and honestly it’s been an issue of time and an issue of just not knowing what to do with it. Here’s a little update just for the four of you that read it 🙂
I was working on an article about needlepoint and one of the artist I interviewed offered to send me a little kit. Always one to jump at the chance to try something new, I took it. I can’t say I’m totally won over into the world of needlepoint, but I did enjoy the little project.
I also finished up a custom birth announcement. I’ve got another one in my hoop and both of these were from repeat customers. It’s always a humbling thing to have someone come back and ask for another custom item.
The highlight of this one was the little pink bunny.
I’m participating in a Beatrix Potter swap and my partner’s favorite character was Benjamin Bunny. I stitched up a little bookmark for her.
I’ve got a few other things in the works, but those are worthy of their own posts.
My embroidery work has slowed down a fair amount the last few months – which honestly isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t pay as well, but it does reduce my stress so maybe it pays in a more relaxed mom. 🙂
Here’s a few things I have been working on:
A set of custom do-live-be-give hoops for a friend
I love how these turned out. We had some snafus with our thread colors, but finally we got it all worked out. These are an 8 inch version based off my smaller 6 inch hoops. She also requested a set of four (versus the original three) so we came up with “give love” which I thing is an awesome addition. I’m hoping to offer these as a pattern in 2017 with both the smaller and larger versions to choose from.
The wreath is made up of a bundle of hand dyed threads and beaded threads from Nells Embroidery which I couched down around the satin stitched and backstitched text. Nell is amazing to work with and is pretty much always my go-to when it comes to bundles of amazing threads.
I worked on a couple of custom portraits too – even trying my hand at some little pups!
and some braids with a cool hat:
And if you are looking for some holiday sewing I finally got my holiday scroll tree pattern up and in the shop. I’ve been wanting to draft this pattern for years and finally made it happen this year! This is a great pattern for beginners and advanced embroiderers alike. It has 3 types of stitches and is finished off with some fun vintage buttons as ornaments.
Last year I was approached via email by a husband wishing to gift his wife with a custom embroidery of his wedding vows to her. There was a catch to it – they had been married in front of this amazing tapestry that hung from the ceiling behind them in Adelaide, Australia. He wanted this design to incorporate portions of the tapestry.
It was such a joy to create this embroidery for him to gift his wife with on their anniversary last year.
Then something so lovely happened – his wife approached me in December asking if I would create the same sort of embroidery for her with her vows to him for their half-annivesary. I can’t tell you what it means to have a customer come back and request another embroidery. So humbling and amazing.
We decided to keep the design pretty much the same, but had to work around the fact that her vows were a little bit longer than his. She also wanted to incorporate portions of the tapestry, but we decided to use different squares and I ended up adding this one wavy portion to the top.
I had such fun crafting these tapestry squares and working on my satin stitching skills!
And I pray an amazing half-annivesary to them both.
I’m currently not taking any custom embroidery orders while I’m having a little bit of a break. But please check back or contact me concerning future custom availability.
Life’s been crazy. The blog is totally on the back burner until 2015…but then I have big goals and aspirations. Here’s a few glimpses from the past little while and a few words.
My custom birth announcement design got a lovely shout out from Urban Threads for the use of their animal patterns. I love their patterns and will use them over and over again. They are hip, simple, sweet and honestly they are just a great company to support.
I’m deep in the throws of a huge commissioned embroidery. This is a double wedding vows embroidery with a little applique in the middle. I’ve got big plans for that tree, but first I’ve got to finish all the text. Almost there.
I’m wrapping up my last few embroidered shoe orders for the year. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would end up stitching so many pairs of shoes AND loving every minute of it I would have called you a liar. Honestly, it’s this little venture that has really helped me shape the direction I hope to go in the new year.
One thing I love most is the stories I get to be a part of. For example: this bride requested a sunshine on the side of their shoes because she and her groom met for the first time on a sunrise hike. What a fun way to remember that awesome memory!
That’s about it for now. Like I said, I’ve got big plans for 2015. It’s been an amazing year for me – learning what I love to do, learning what I don’t love to do and learning how to say no and also how to stick my neck out in big ways. I’m excited for the future and so hopeful.
On Thursdays I “throwback” by pulling from my archives and remembering where I’ve come from and this journey I’m on. Today I share one of my first commissioned embroideries. This Irish Blessing embroidery was the request of a customer and has become one of my most popular patterns and kits over the years. It’s a great pattern for beginners, is customizable because of the applique and makes a super gift for a baptism, birth or just because. Here’s the original post back from September 2011.
I was commissioned via etsy to embroider this Irish Blessing and I’m so happy I did it. It was a great experience designing where to put the applique and a great test of how much my hands can handle embroidering in one day too!
I’m really pleased with how it turned out. So much so that I listed it on etsy!