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I use a lot of eyelet and other "starburst" speciality stitches in many of my designs, so I decided it might be nice to put together a video on how to actually work those stitches. They are simple once you get the idea, and a fun stitch to have in your back-pocket!
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And a bonus baby picture (he was present for the filming of this video :-D - The toddler was a school)
What do you do while you wait for a baby?
- set up the nursery - check
- pack your bag - check
- wash baby clothes - check
- make a random curtain - check
- all other nesting and home preparations - check check check
So I guess it's time to stitch up a quick design!
It's here!! I'm the centerfold, on page 36. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Please support the magazine by buying this months (April 2014) issue, it is featuring a trio of new floral designs by Cherry Lane Designs, plus so much more.
I'm so exciting to be published in a magazine that my creative juices are flowing. Be on the lookout for a new release shortly.
For those who have been affected by snow recently. I hope you are all safe and warm. Winter provides the perfect cross-stitching weather.
Thanks to my husband to took my maternity photos in the snow. Here I am, almost ready to pop!
Update: Got it mostly stitched together! Just left is the bottom hem.
I was finally inspired to start working on a big curtain for our redesigned dining room. At my pokey sewing pace it may not be done in time for the baby, but we can hope right?
As I am nearing the end of a pregnancy my extracurricular activities have been suffering. I wish I had been writing about this all along, because I think I would find my phases of crafting would directly relate to my phases of pregnancy:
- 1st Trimester – nap, nap, nap, stitch like crazy because I’m losing all my stitching time to napping… and then more napping
-2nd Trimester – reality kicks in and I am suddenly very aware of an impending baby – knit, knit, knit, stitch like crazy because I need to have a new release for Christmas… and then more knitting
-3rd Trimester – nap… knit… stitch… Just forget it I can’t get comfortable enough to do anything
And that is where you will find me: Halfway through a navy blue knit sweater, more designs ready to be stitched than I care to admit, and me unable to nap because I just can’t get comfortable enough to do any of it.
I had huge plans for Cherry Lane this past year. I also had huge plans for my family; we were ready for another baby. I know many women are “super moms” and manage to balance children, full-time jobs, pregnancy, and budding businesses with grace and near-obsessive energy. I must admit, that while I like to think that I could be one of them, I haven’t been able to live up to that. My family has come first through most of this, which means that my wily three-year old takes up much of my evenings, and that my mind and heart are working to prepare room for a new addition. These last few weeks before my due date I intend to do some soul searching and Cherry Lane planning to bring this endeavor slowly back to the forefront.
I’ve always known that keeping this business would be the most difficult with small children, but I wanted to get my feet wet, and I love every minute!
Highlights from our trip to Columbus:
- I lost my phone and then found it again at a grocery store
- I came home wanting to listen to Country Music –after only 4 days
- This one time at The World of Beer, after he had 4 beers, John told me that he wanted to switch to Apple Products… yeah, no
- I asked for my money back on a disgusting Sbarro piece of chicken. John thinks this is a huge step for me.
- Because he’s so cute, John got me the best swag of the whole trade show: a book of knitting patterns for adorable barnyard animals. http://www.randomhouse.com/book/219338/knitted-farm-animals-by-sarah-keen
- Visited a place called Easton that was a lot fancier than the Easton that I’m used to.
- Went through 5 tunnels on the way out and on the way back
- Spent $30.20 on tolls (unbelieveable)
On a more serious note:
I made a TON of connections with shop owners, distributors, other designers, thread companies, and awesome people in the business. I feel like I have a lot of potential opportunities for things to build the business, and I’m inspired by all the hard work that goes into the needle-arts industry. Of course, I have a SO MUCH work to do myself now. And I have confirmed what I always knew, but didn’t want to grasp: I need to be releasing new designs constantly. It’s an intimidating prospect, but one that I know I can handle.
People seemed excited to see a new face on the floor, which is great. There were very few cross-stitch people there, which I guess is a bit disappointing for me, but it also means that I didn’t get lost in the crowd. Because there weren’t that many designers there, there weren’t that many retail owners there either, but the few that stopped by had nice things to say, and I’m happy to have met them. I think I work better in small crowds, at least at first anyway. I get easily overwhelmed, and having only a few people/things/opportunities to keep track of helps me to stay on top of it mentally, and I also feel like I have a manageable work load.
This was an AWESOME way to go to my first tradeshow, so I am ever thankful to the CTE Group of TNNA and Debbie Rowley of Debbee’s Design’s for sponsoring me on this adventure. I learned a lot from the experience, and feel a bit more comfortable with making a financial commitment on my own to coming to another show down the road. I hear they are all different, but at least I got my feet wet, and it’s not so scary anymore.
Happy Earthday, Everyone. In addition to planning out my garden, continuing to compost and recycle, and generally celebrating out beautiful planet, I'm happy to share with you an adorable little pattern of the globe that I designed earlier this year.
It is a VERY quick stitch, and super cute. Just use two blues, two greens, and a white that blend nicely.
Download Pattern PDF
I've been working like crazy over the last month to get a few new patterns out to celebrate the Christmas Season. There are three new Holiday related designs, and they each are special in their own way. First is Silent Night. As some of you know, I'm a classically trained musician, so music is a big part of my life. I've been trying to find ways of incorporating my first love into my designs, and I happy to say that I think it worked out nicely in this one.
Celebrate the simple joy of Christmas with the tranquility of "Silent Night'
I first had an idea to make an Christmas Ornament of a moose, but after a little research I fell in love with the idea of a majestic reindeer. Moose are cute, of course, but reindeer a a bit more seasonal, and this guy knows how to celebrate! You may wonder how he became adorned with a wreath, considering his impressive rack. I'll leave it up to your imagination to figure it out!
I couldn't wait to decorate a Christmas tree, but it's too soon to cut one down! So I put together a special little ornament while patiently waiting for the real deal. This little tree uses some fun starburst stitches, and stitches that give the effect of branches. It'll sparkle on my real tree this season and for years to come.
All patterns are available in my on-line shop or through your local needlework shop. What Christmas projects are you working on this year?
I’m going to try with all of my might to write a blog post every day in November! I really should anyway, because I have a lot of things going on, and this might actually help to keep me on track.
When I’m done writing this, I’m probably going to go work on a design for an ornament, I have a few in mind for this year, but I need to get moving if they are going to be out in time. For now I’ll leave you with a picture of a piece that I did in high school – with credit to my mom for finishing it for me! All of the backstitch on the basket and rags drove me crazy, so after a few months of laying around 95% finished my mom couldn’t stand it anymore. It then took another few years until it got framed, but isn’t that the case for most projects *wink wink*
More to come tomorrow!