My autumn kicked off two months ago when I flew to Dallas for my first trade show as a designer. It was an exhausting but rewarding experience. I learned so much from talking to shop owners and other designers. So much that, after flying home my design process shifted slightly.
Designing my original portfolio was like throwing mud on a wall and seeing what stuck. In Dallas I saw and heard what designs you all like, and now I'm expanding on those things. I've taken my most popular compositions, color schemes, design content and explored them in multiple ways.
I've been painting A LOT of architecture. I can safely say the "Rooftops" series is the biggest stir any of my work has created. I've also taken my most popular color scheme (also my personal favorite) and reworked it for an autumn set. I shared a sneak peek on Instagram and got some wonderful feedback. I absolutely love the way black offsets other colors and makes them glow.
I'm so close to finishing this ornament. All that's left is Santa's sled runner and reins. The only thing holding me back is a trip to the store for metallic thread.
(This canvas is called Christmas Eve Town Ornament).
This autumnal set (which I talked about above).
Currently stitching with...
Anne from Gloriana Threads let me pick out a skein of their new Pashmina while in Dallas. This cashmere (cashmere!!) silk blend is so incredibly soft. It looks soft and fluffy, yet shiny at the same time.
Pepper Pot silk has become a go to. I used it in the Christmas ornament above.
Fleur de Paris recently gave me a set of their new Bella Lusso wool colors. When I stitch with wool I want it to look full and warm. I've found using three strands on the 18 count canvas is perfect. Plus, it is very soft to the touch making it wonderful to stitch.
Because I spend so much time painting and stitching, I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. Tea and Tattle is a cute podcast written by two British girls. I listened to episode 40 "Eating with Queen Victoria". It's all about Queen Victoria's love of food - it pairs perfectly with needlepoint.
What are you working on, stitching with, and enjoying right now?