Last week I was “tagged” by the lovely and talented Kirsty Neale to take part in a sort of blog hop. It’s set up as a way for you to be introduced to new blogs, I’m going to answer some questions about myself and at the end I will tell you about three new blogs. Next Monday stop by to read about them!
So let’s get started with the questions!
What are you working on?
I have so, so many projects I’m in the middle of and a long to do list! Lately I haven’t been cross stitching as much, I’ve been doing a lot more embroidery and other projects. Jess from The Crafting Geek set forth a challenge she’s calling 30 for 30 Crafting. Every day for the month of June I am going to put in at least 30 minutes on some of my neglected projects.
I am also working on getting the motivation to take on some less fun projects. I have a list of changes I want to make to my website, a list of patterns I want to make, and a desire to make a Storenvy shop. However, all of these things require more time sitting at the computer than I want to spend. I would much rather be on the couch stitching, but I really need to just sit down and make myself accomplish some of these things!
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I think this question used to be easier to answer when I felt I was squarely in the genre of cross stitching. But this year I have been expanding my horizons so much, embroidery and felt and English paper piecing. I find it’s harder for me to fit into a single genre anymore.
I will answer though as if I am part of the cross stitch genre, because no matter how far I wander, it still always feels like cross stitching is my thing. I want my work to have a more modern feel, I don’t want to create any “typical” cross stitches. I try to make my work different with bright bold color palettes and fun topics. I also set myself apart by stitching on a variety of different surfaces. I’ve done quite a few stitching “experiments” and I want to get back to that, continue exploring different ways to utilize cross stitch!
Why do you write/create what you do?
This is a tricky one for me because I do jump around. I create what interests me and makes me happy. As I said before, it’s hard for me to want to sit down at the computer and make patterns, I would much rather be stitching something. When I was in school I always found myself jumping around mediums as well – digital, watercolor, acrylic, paper cutting… But there is something about working with a needle and thread that just feels right for me.
How does your writing/creating process work?
Recently I signed up for a lot of swaps and other project commitments. While I really enjoy doing these, I find that I my process for a project I have to finish goes something like this –
Spend weeks avoiding the project.
Realize the deadline is quickly approaching.
Wrack my brain until I come up with an idea.
When I am doing a project without a specified deadline, it usually goes more like this –
Happily stitch project for several weeks.
Get extremely close to finishing.
Lose interest and start working on something else.
I don’t think either of these are particularly effective ways to work and I really need to come up with a better process because my WIP are getting out of control!
Now is the time where I introduce you to the awesome participants that I am tagging.
Bridgeen Gillespie from Cherry and Cinnamon
Bridgeen has a fantastic, illustrative embroidery style. She is a contributor at Mr. X Stitch and has recently begun blogging over at Craftsy. She’s displayed her work internationally and was a regular contributor to Crafty magazine. Bridgeen’s portrait work is absolutely gorgeous and I love her work.
Teresa from Daisies for Violet
Teresa is the only one of the three I know “in real life.” We met over a year ago at our local library’s knitting group, though neither of us were knitting. For a long time I knew her as a crocheter, but I’ve added her to my slowly growing list of friends I’ve converted to cross stitching. Though she did tell me she likes embroidery better, but I won’t hold it against her.
Victoria from Poverty Luxe
Victoria isn’t strictly a craft blogger, but she does do crafts. Victoria also blogs about food, (she’s gluten-free not by choice) fashion, and budgeting. She has an Etsy shop where she sells a variety of handmade clothes and accessories. She recently quit her job and started focusing on selling Jamberry.