Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stitch Sneak Peek 5 and A Merry Gnome goes to ETSY

My Merry Gnome is finally finished and is playing a tune in my Etsy store. He is a very chipper fella with a love of music and mirth.

I think he is almost as much fun as some of the stitcheries I was working on late last year and due to be published this year in Creating Country Threads.

Stitching is all about the fun!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Girl Waiting in the Rain Bookmark Stitchery E-Pattern for ETSY

In the glorious soggy Brisbane weather we are having, I was inspired to create a new bookmark of a Girl waiting in the Rain. The motif reminds me of Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's Persuasion, waiting in the rain for Captain Wentworth to notice me. The blue colour is just right for falling rain and puddles.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Girl holding a Flower Bookmark stitchery epattern for ETSY

Today I finished off a new stitchery e-pattern for my ETSY store.

Its a Girl holding a Flower Bookmark and a tiny girl face sized just right for 38 mm self covered buttons. I have completed both in my favourite redwork.

I have also added some pencil colour to the tiny face buttons which looks rather nice.

Stitch Sneak Peek 4

I am working this week on lovely ladies in stitchery.

The first is a whimsical country angel in shades of brown.

The other is flower picking girl in redwork.

I can't decide which I prefer more...

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Teddy Bear Bookmark and Mushroom Banner Stitchery Embroidery Epattern Listings for ETSY

I've finally finished two new patterns for my ETSY store - a bookmark featuring some naughty toy teddy bears stealing from the honey jar, and a redwork mushroom banner.

I think the mushroom stitchery would make up wonderfully as a market stall banner, or some nice luggage tags. The pattern come with three different mushroom designs all worked in red thread.

The teddies are lots of fun. I like the wink on the bottom bear.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stitch Sneak Peek 3

I have been working on some of the parts for a banner made up of stitched mushrooms. The red colour scheme works a treat on the white homespun.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stitch Sneak Peek 2

Here is a quick look at a new bookmark I have been working on. I've created some cheeky teddies raiding the honey jar.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Butterfly Wings

I have just finished off my latest pattern design for Etsy - soaring butterflies with wings extended.

The larger of the butterflies I have designed to fit easily onto small hanging decorations (I have made a potpourri holder)

The tiny butterfly is designed to fit a 38mm button (or a brooch).

I love the variegated thread version.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Stitch Sneak Peek

Today I have been working on a stitchery pattern for a bag as a potential magazine submission. I am very pleased with the colour choices - so cool and crisp but still country. I love linen....

Butterflies and Crinoline Ladies are two of my favourite motifs.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Bird Bookmark Stitchery E-Pattern for Etsy

I have just finished a new listing for Etsy - an e pattern for a bookmarks featuring 4 whimsical birds and an additional pattern for mini bird facing left and right and exactly the right size for 38mm self cover buttons.

The bookmark features four little birds, three facing one way, and one beating his own drum and facing the other.

I have designed these stitcheries to be fast and easy and able to be used for many purposes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Reviewing my published craft patterns 2 - Patchwork and Stitching Magazine

I was also very fortunate to have several craft patterns published in the excellent "Patchwork and Stitching" magazine in 2011.

They published my "Three Sweet Hearts" pattern in their Gift Giving Special Volume 12 No 9. This was a set of three hanging redwork hearts stitched with bird and flowers.

I also had "Rosa", a cloth doll all dressed in red with a lovely flower in her hair, in the Yearbook edition Volume 12 No 10.

These are some of my pictures of the finished projects. The "Patchwork and Stitching" pictures of the work are just wonderful and are worth checking out.

I have more projects coming in 2012, and I am very much looking forward to working with Stefanie Collins, their new editor, over the next year.

Reviewing my Craft Patterns Published in Creating Country Threads in 2011

I was very fortunate last year to have a couple of my craft patterns published in one of my favourite publications - "Creating Country Threads".

Last year they published two patterns: "Redwork Baubles" a stitchery of six Christmas Tree Baubles in the Christmas Special Volume 12 No 4; and "An Angel Watching Over Me" - two whimsical scissor holders in the Applique Yearbook Volume 12 No 7.

I have attached some of my pictures of the finished works (I have to say the sensational pictures from the magazines are something I can only aspire to).

I found working with Danielle Tebb, the editor of "Creating Country Threads", an absolute joy. She is supportive on all aspects of the publishing process and all our correspondence (and even one surprise meeting) have been moments I will treasure on my creative journey.

I have more project to come this year, and I look forward to seeing more of their excellent photography.

Some new stitchery e-patterns I've added to ETSY

I have just finished off a couple of new stitchery e pattern designs for my Etsy store. The designs are easily achievable stitcheries that could lend themselves to many different uses. The first group are of ladies wearing hats - a Colonial Hat and a Flapper Hat. I have worked both in black stitchery with the lips in red. They could easily become cameos.

The other is a pair of lovebirds or blue birds holding flowers - one facing left and the other right.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Bird with Flowers and Deer Stitcheries E-Pattern Added to my Etsy Store

I have just finished off my new e-pattern for sale on ETSY. It's a cute bird with some flowers and a deer.

I have made the stitcheries as hanging wall decorations, but I have made them up nicely before as Christmas tree decorations, and I also think that they would look nice as luggage tags. I tried orange for them but they also look great in black and in red work.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stitch Bit 3

Here's a little more of what I have been working on recently...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mini Stichery patterns for ETSY

I have created three stitchery patterns to add to my ETSY store.

The crinoline style lady is a simple little stitchery as my own interpretation of this classic embroidery design.

The Kewpie style doll figure, a bit like the old Carnival dolls from fairs and exhibitions, is a full figure stitchery.

I have also created three Kewpie style doll faces, each with different expressions.

The three patterns have been created as a basic stitchery pattern at a basic price that could be used in many different ways and using many colourways. The patterns come with a page of hints on embroidering, and basic instructions to make up as a banner or flag if desired.