I hope all is well with everyone. I have to admit, I am having an awesome year. I guess it is time for an update.
First, the Spring issue of A Needle Pulling Thread is now out and I have some more Hardanger featured. I have another piece in the Summer issue, followed by another design in the Fall issue. This is the first time I have had designs for a full year!
This is a photo of my piece in the Spring issue:
Next, Seminar 2016 in Calgary just wrapped up for the Embroiderer's Association of Canada. Unfortunately I never get to go because of the day job, but I don't let that stop me from entering pieces in different categoeries. This year, with the inspiration from a creamer, I felted a pumpkin. I really liked how it turned out but wanted to do more embroidery. I decided to do a pumpkin in Blackwork and another in Pulled Thread because I couldn't decide which technique I preferred. The Blackwork one was entered in the Original Design and the Pulled Thread pumpkin in the Pulled Thread. I was very fortunate to have both take the awards.....awesome!!! They just arrived home.
I am considering offering them as a class for Seminar 2018 for EAC. I have a few other designs to submit, so we will have to wait and see.
I have been asked by Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine if they could feature me in an article for the Fall issue. They will have a smalls set I designed - sorry no more details there until it is out. I look at this as a wonderful opportunity to share my path so far and where I want to go with my designing.
Last but by no way the least, Inspirations #86 is out. I have a piece of Hardanger in it called Queen of Hearts. As I think I have mentioned before, this is my second piece is this beautiful magazine. My first piece was in 2007. It was my second published piece ever. I had no idea at the time what an accomplishment it was, but now cherish both. This present design I had sent for a competition they had last fall. I had sent some other designs asking if they would be interested. They replied that the piece that had arrived had caught their eye and that they would like it for the magazine. I, of course, said "yes".
Like I said it has been quite a year and I look forward to the rest of it!
I am still designing and sewing like crazy in my spare time....wouldn't have it any other way!