in print // christmas stitching in international magazines
It's always an honor to contribute patterns and projects to publications around the world. And while I work on these kinds of projects at different times throughout the year, right now I happen to have things in three UK-based magazines at the same time. And all are Christmas themed!
That means that in the spring I started on Christmas embroidery, but you know what? It's actually a lot of fun to turn on the Christmas music in May and get some holiday crafting in! I may never do that without the push of a deadline, but I like it when it happens.
The first magazine project that I started on was for Love Patchwork & Quilting, a favorite of mine.
It doesn't matter how many times I get something published, it's always exciting. And it might be a little vain, but yes, I was quite proud to see my photo within the first couple pages. And next to Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane, whose work I respect so much.
My project in Love Patchwork & Quilting might look a little familiar if you've been following Wild Olive a little while. It's based on some ornaments that I made last Christmas, but with all new patterns. And while you can't see it here, it gave me a chance to use some really cute Christmas fabrics for the backs of these.
Being a Mollie, any opportunity to create for Mollie Makes is pretty perfect. And their Christmas issues are always amazing. I mean, just look at that pom pom wreath!
For this issue, I made an embroidered sweatshirt that looks a bit like a Christmas sweater. I worked with DMC's Matte Cotton, and it worked so well for this. If you look closely, you'll see that the trees even have little faces. They're subtle, but they're there!
And for something completely different, I also had the pleasure and challenge of designing cross stitch charts for Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. See them there at the upper right corner?
For this I designed 35 patterns...it was so much fun! Especially because I don't usually work on patterns or artwork like this. But I did some a couple years ago, and since I made these Christmas designs, I've had the opportunity to make a few more for future issues. Can't wait to share more soon!
I'm so thankful to these fantastic publications for inviting me to contribute. And thank you for letting me share these with you! All of these should be on US shelves by now, or if not yet, definitely as digital copies.