I haven't been doing much sewing. I want to thank those of you who continue to follow me regardless of sporadic blog posts and new patterns that never seem to appear in my shop. Life has been busier than normal. My daughter has been on Summer Break and I have returned to karate after a 10-year hiatus! The exercise is really helping me focus. I have been organizing and preparing my studio so that I will be ready when Claire goes back to school in a couple weeks.
Lots of work has been happening behind the scenes though. I finally worked out the kinks that were keeping me from making new patterns. The layout has been adjusted so that they are ready to be professionally printed if I decide to go down that road in the future. I have added some new sections including published patterns info, stitches & terms, and a conversion chart for those of you who work in centimetres. The biggest change is that PatchworkPottery Pattern Booklets are now illustrated! Local illustrator, Marie Tai, is doing an amazing job helping me make my patterns look spectacular! Thanks Marie!
I also opened a BigCartel shop! It works in conjunction with Pulley to provide customers with secure instant downloads. No more e-mailing the patterns to each individual... now they can download it themselves!! When I sell many items, the combined set monthly fees for Big Cartel & Pulley work out cheaper than my Etsy shop. It's also fully customizable. YAY!
Please visit my NEW PATTERN SHOP for the following patterns coming soon... House Tape Measure, Butterfly Potholder, Teacup Pouch including CoffeeMug & HotCocoa templates (I still need to take a good photo for the cover), and my new Crane Star paper-piecing pattern!
Marie also sews which is why she is great to work with. She just "gets" the stitches and layers of fabric that other illustrators do not. To see her sewn goodies, origami creatures & illustrated paper dolls, please visit Marie's Etsy Shop!