Thursday, October 31, 2013

Illustration Friday: creature

Okay, so I only got to the sketch phase of this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Creature" but, hey, that is farther than I usually get. I always - every single week - do some brainstorming about the current week's topic and I love that creative exercise even if I don't always take it any farther.
 
But this week I did get a chance to take a few more steps. This sketch needs some work and many decisions and corrections here were left un-made  - I realize that - but it's at it's stopping point for now.  I had fun with it and I thought it was a great topic for Halloween week.
 
What are your Halloween plans? I think I am on candy duty again (distribution - not consumption - I promise!) After the kids are tucked in I will be parking on front of the tv and continuing my way through the Twin Peaks series. Vince had never seen it so he wanted to watch it and even though I have seen it (ages ago), I got sucked into it again. Have you seen it? Creepy....and kind of funny...and just weird. Perfect for Halloween.

Monday, October 28, 2013

a very happy holiday

Christmas arrived a little early over here at SeptemberHouse as the latest issue of Stitch-it...Today landed in my mailbox.
What was inside? An interview with little 'ol me in their Contemporary Artist Series.
septemberhouse feature in Stitch it today magazine
I am thrilled to be a part of this very special holiday issue! There are so many great ideas, projects and practical information for needle crafters. My experience with this publication was absolutely wonderful and they so friendly and delightful!
septemberhouse feature in Stitch it today magazine
 
Thank you to everyone at Stitch-it...Today and to all the readers too!


Friday, October 25, 2013

my alpine adventure

Snowflake Chalet Hand Embroidery Patterns A-Frame Cottage
I thought it would never happen but it did - I finished up a new pattern set today that was a LONG time in the making! Longer than I thought it would be for sure!
This new embroidery pattern collection is called "Snowflake Chalet" and is inspired by all things Alpine, cozy winter retreats, vintage ski lodge imagery and some of the good things about Winter. Yes, there are some good things!
 
Snowflake Chalet Hand Embroidery Patterns from SeptemberHouse
I included a mix of simple and more complex designs with the hope that this set would offer something for everyone but also would invite stitchers to veer from the stitch guide if they wanted and use the embroidery stitches and colors they like best.

Snowflake Chalet Hand Embroidery Patterns Vintage Ski Lodge Patches
Will I be hitting the slopes myself this year or jetting off to a Nordic getaway? Probably not but I certainly saw some amazing locations when doing research for these designs. Talk about making the most of a dreadful season!
 
I cannot wait to see where in the world my embroidery takes me next!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

changing things up a bit

Snow Angel Holiday Ornament Handmade by SeptemberHouse
There is a new snow angel on the block. A new blond has hit the scene in her royal blue and mint green ensemble and she is ready for those first flakes to fly!
Hand Embroidery Holiday Ornaments by SeptemberHouse
I'm experimenting with some new photo backgrounds as well which is really fun. I have used the same setups for quite some time and I really want to see what other possibilities are out there.
Hand Embroidery Holiday Ornaments Snow Angel Design by SeptemberHouse
Aren't those little trees fun? Those poor little angels hated posing all by themselves and I am happy to give them a little company. Back to the studio for me for now but I hope you are all doing some creative experimenting as well!