You might have noticed that we disappeared for a week or two. Whipup.net was hacked, and it took us a while to access our data. I’m so relieved that most of our content is back online, and we will be restoring the most recent posts as soon as we can.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people who helped to get Whipup back online. We have lost so much this year, and the idea that Whipup might have finished suddenly was too much to comprehend.
Thanks for your patience and support. xx Kate
Science and yarn, two of my favourite things.Â Geekiness and creativity, I’m a happy lady!
MAD Science hat
Amigurumi Test Tubes
Arriba Amoeba Mitts
Do you know of any awesome science crafting?Â Let us know in the comments so we can all love them too.
All of these patterns are found on Ravelry.
Reviewed by Megan:Â Megan isÂ a wife and a mother to four children who spends some of her days in a hospital looking after sick people and some of her days at home hanging out with her gorgeous family. When she finds some spare moments she heads to her work table in a corner of the house to knit, embroider or sew. Megan can also be found in the kitchen cooking far too many cakes and biscuits. She will always choose reading a craft book over sweeping the floors!
Today Megan reviews Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & MoreÂ by Aimee Ray
Embroidery has come a long way in the last few years. Traditional embroidery techniques have been reinvented and given new life. As a long term embroiderer I have sat on the sidelines and watched in wonder as stitching designs have become brighter, bolder and just a lot more fun. Aimee Ray has been in the forefront of this embroidery revival and her series of Doodle Stitching books is a treasure trove of fun and funky embroidery designs and ideas. Aimeeâ€™s blog, Little Dear Tracks, is a great adjunct to her books with inspirational images and tutorials.
Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & BeyondÂ is the latest book to come from Aimee and her approach is a little different this time round.Â The book chapters are divided into descriptions of different embroidery techniques including crewel, redwork, sashiko, cutwork and stumpwork. Each chapter has very clear instructions on how to construct the stitches and there are several projects outlined in each chapter for the reader to complete or to simply use as a springboard for their own design. Some projects are quick and straight forward, for example, the Snow White, Rose Red Fleece Scarf. A cute and cosy idea that I think would look quite stylish around my neck as the cold wind blows. Other projects like the stumpwork Mushroom Pincushion are a little more involved but still provide a great way to practice a relatively little known embroidery method.
At the beginning of the book Aimee outlines the way to achieve basic stitches but the emphasis in this book is just to get in and give it a go. Aimee sees â€˜Embroidery and Beyondâ€™ as the next step on for the beginner embroiderer and at all times her ideas are accessible yet inspiring. I decided to give cutwork a try and completed my own version of Aimeeâ€™s cutwork book mark. It was â€˜quick fixâ€™ craft project that has become quite useful for my daughter to â€˜mark her placeâ€™ as she reads.
I loved Aimee Rayâ€™s new book and I would highly recommend it for fledgling and experienced embroiderers alike. Itâ€™s a book that inspires any crafter to take up the needle and thread and create something beautiful.
[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending books to review, we don't get paid to post reviews but do get to keep a copy]
DO get in touchÂ if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send Kate a short email with your idea toÂ vagusvenus[at]gmail.com
This month at Whipup we will be hearing from artists and crafters and finding out a bit more about how they keep records of their ideas and where those ideas come from. Today it is my great pleasure to introduce Heather Jones of Olive and OllieÂ who IÂ had the great pleasure of meeting while at QuiltCon earlier this year.Â
Heather is a designer, seamstress, and modern quilter who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two children. She isÂ the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and has designed a line of modern quilting patterns.Â She is incredibly creative, talented and inspiring and I’m so pleased she was able to join us here today.Â
Many of my quilt designs are inspired by things that I see in my everyday life, such as this sketch for my Silo quilt. And I never quite know when that inspiration may strike, so I always try to keep a sketchbook on hand, along with a pencil to draw with. I also take a lot of photos with my camera phone and use them as I develop my sketches further, once I get back to my studio.
I use graph paper sketchbooks to draw my designs in, and I especially love these spiral bound books because I can lay them flat as Iâ€™m working.
I use the grid pattern of the graph paper to calculate the sizes of all of the components of my design, as well as the fabric yardage needed to complete the pattern.
I start all of my sketches in pencil and once I have the layout of the pattern complete, I bring in color with some india ink markers. I really love these markers because they provide a nice sheer layer of color, so I can see still the grid of the graph paper behind them. They also donâ€™t bleed through the pages, which allows me to use both the front and back of every page in the book.
I really love to work this way. Itâ€™s probably more time consuming to draw out my designs with pencil and paper than it would be to design on the computer, but I love this type of slowed creativity. Itâ€™s also fun to see my drawings come to life as Iâ€™m working on my quilts, and I love going through my sketchbooks and revisiting the finished drawings of my designs.
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