I have to admit it. I have been a totally lazy blogger for about three or four weeks. The break has been good in a way and I have needed it. My creative flow has been disrupted by day job stress and relationship stress and all sorts of other self obsessive stresses.
C’est la vie.
Today is a quick update to inform you all of how self obsessed I am with my stresses and also share an amazing thing.
SOME ONE FRIKKIN’ PAID ME TO PUBLISH ONE OF MY CROSS STITCH DESIGNS!!!!!!1!!!
While this is not going to exactly pay the mortgage it is a step in the direction I want to go.
Now go and buy the latest issue of &Stitches. It is awesome and my new cross stitch chart is in it and lots of other really cool embroidery projects and people.
Here is a little summary
On July 2nd the third issue of &Stitches is out. Theme of this issue is ‘Oriental Inspirations’. The Far East offers a lot of beautiful and inspiring needlework techniques and we realise we’re only scratching the surface with this issue!
Our featured designer of Issue 3 is Wendi Gratz (http://shinyhappyworld.com) Wendi has designed a fabulous set of Konoboi patterns (Japanese Carp flags) especially for &Stitches. We talk to her about wha inspires her work.
We also interview Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching (www.sublimestitching.com) and find out why she thinks embroidery is so awesome.
Both Nicole and Carina have contributed an Oriental flavoured pattern: a so called Japanese ‘Lucky cat’ and a Cherry blossom pattern.
There are a couple of ‘firsts’ in this issue as well: even-star Hancock (http://hancockshouseofhappy.blogspot.com) contributes the very first cross stitch pattern featured in &Stitches. It’s called Chinese Lanterns. And we have a new feature called ‘Stitch Challenge’, where three stitchers take up the challenge to master the Pekinese Stitch and share their experiences with us.
Angela Salisbury of Saké Puppets (http://sakepuppets.wordpress.com/)introduces us to Sashiko stitching, including an extensive tutorial. There are other ‘how to’s’ as well (shisha, Pekinese stitch), reviews and much more to read and enjoy! &Stitches is only available through the &Stitches website: http://andstitches.blogspot.com/p/shop.html
Nicole and Carina (the brains and talent behind &Stitches) are two lovely and amazing people. I have so enjoyed my experience working with them.