So, you know I wrote an embroidery book, right? It came out about a year ago. What you may not know is that a few months earlier, I'd submitted a little project to American Patchwork & Quilting with the tiniest of hopes that they might be interested in publishing it.
The latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting - on news stands now - includes that little design called "Best Buds".
(The above images are used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.)
As I thought about what I might like to design, I came across this pretty picture on Pinterest ...
I started designing a purse for a little girl ... because I love making bags and because I have little girls ... not much of a stretch there. But then I got to thinking that not everyone likes to make bags and not everyone has a little girl to make things for. So then I thought wouldn't it be fun to make an embroidery design that could be turned into either a bag or a framed piece.
Here are the original samples I submitted to the magazine.
When it came time to sending in the "real ones" to be photographed, I wanted to use more current fabric - the fabric in the originals were at least a few years old, if not more. Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille for Moda was just coming out and the colours and scale of the prints were p.e.r.f.e.c.t.
Here's a quick progress photo I took at my kitchen table last summer ...
(Some of my fabric choices changed as I worked.)
And I used DMC embroidery floss because it's super easy to find. :)
So there you have it. It's a quick, simple and versatile design - you can have lots of fun with different colours and you can resize it to suit any frame. Right now I'm picturing it on a pillowcase border and repeated around the hem of a little girl's summer dress ... with a few butterflies ...