Monday, January 30, 2012

Little Stitches

Way back when (it seems like ages ago) Stitch Magazine gave me an excuse to spend some time needle in hand. Their "Sewing Unplugged" focus on hand stitching was originally planned for the Winter 2011 issue.  But it happened to land in Spring instead, so I've waited until now to share these projects.

Stitch Magazine spring 2012'

I try to propose projects to magazines that I would like to make anyways.  At the time of their call for submissions, I had just learned how to work with metal clasp purse frames.  The small canvas of a coin purse seemed ideal for some handwork, so I sent Stitch these project mockups along with my description of the project.

Rainbow purse mockup


Seed Stitch purse mockup

There's nothing very exciting about these mockups, but I know that many of you are interested in working with magazines, so I thought I'd show you some of the materials I send with my submissions.  To submit your work to a magazine, find the "submissions" info page on their website to learn about what kind of work they'd like to feature.  Usually, you'll work within a theme like "Sewing Unplugged" and (loosely) within the colors they suggest for that theme.

I believe I thought they'd want one or the other, but they asked me to make both versions of the coin purse.  Alrighty then.  I got my frames from While Baby Naps.  She ships from the US and also carries Gutermann glue, which works quite well.  I'll admit that gluing the fabric into the frame takes guts, but it's nothing you can't perfect with a couple of tries.  Definitely make a test project before gluing in your hand stitched version!

Seed stitches

The seed stitch purse was my favorite to make because there's no right or wrong way to tease out those stitches.  My background fabric is a Moda crossweave in blue-white.  Moda crossweaves (also at Marmalade Fabrics) are a heavier weight than quilting cotton, as opposed to the lighter weight Kaffe Fassett shot cottons.  I think I prefer the crossweaves since my shot cottons tend to stay wrinkled after prewashing. Maybe I just need a better iron?

on Moda Crossweave Blue-White

The Seed Stitch coin purse turned out much as I expected.  I think she's pretty.

Hippo?

But in this shot she kind of looks like a hippo?  I don't know.  That Kona pacific sure does delight the eyes, though.

Rainbow coin purse

The Rainbow coin purse didn't have quite the slant I had mocked up, but she'll do.   I used multi-colored embroidery floss on natural linen.

Garden Party lining

The Garden Party lining (an out of print fabric by Anna Maria Horner) is my favorite part.  Is that bad?  I just love the colors in this print!   For how-to's see Stitch Magazine's Spring 2012 issue, available at Bloomerie

So now these little purses are home... and I don't know what to do with them.  I actually have a stockpile of crafted treasures that need to find homes, so I know I should open an Etsy shop to move some things along, but the idea of pricing and listing my things makes me nervous.  I'll admit it - I'm afraid of failure.  It's so vulnerable to put things out there as good enough to sale and then wait, wait, wait to see what happens.  Maybe after Curves Class I'll tackle that beast?

34 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I love the one with the beads :)

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  2. oh, your goodies would sell in a heartbeat - don't be afraid of failure, it's the success that is the scary part :) in a good way, i mean!

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  3. Very cute coin purses! I'm with Amye - those purses and your other handiwork would fly out the door. They're beautiful.

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  4. Oooo, very cool! I just saw that issue at JoAnns and now I wish I had looked through it while I was there! I will have to go back. :)

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  5. Both pouches are beautiful! I love the random blue stitches on the first one. I still have not tried Crossweave, but I'll be sure to do so!

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  6. I see a cute whale, rather than a hippo! These are fun purses.

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  7. Very cool! Congrats Rachel!!! I'll definitely pick up a copy!

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  8. so, wanna swap? ;) i love both of those pouches. rachel, you could not fail! you are so talented and have such a loyal following that people would be lining up to buy the things you make! promise!!!

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  9. They'll certainly sell. No problem.

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  10. I heard that Moda Crossweaves were being discontinued. =(

    Congratulations on your publication!

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    1. Oh, really? I guess I better not wait to long to try more colors!

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  11. Ooh, those both turned out fab! I'm sure you'll have no bother if you open an Etsy shop :o)

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  12. I'm curious to know how big these pouches are. Are they tiny?

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  13. Both purses are lovely. Thank you for the interesting insight!

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  14. Update! I'ts not being discontinued - just certain colors. Phew! Here's the link

    http://tammyvasser.typepad.com/a-content-life/2012/01/bye-bye-grey-cross-weave.html

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  15. Those are so cute! I've never worked with a metal purse frame before, but clearly I need to give it a try! Thanks for sharing :-D

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  16. Darling coin purses! I've always wanted to work with one of those purse frames.

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  17. Congrats on being published! And that project with the seed stitches is so cute I might even be inspired to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I get that! Many of my friends have encouraged me to start an Etsy shop because they love the gifts I make for them, but my fear is that when someone buys something you are open to criticism. Weird I know! I think your work is amazing and I have wished many times to purchase your beautiful things. You inspire me all the time.

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  19. These are both amazing, but the seed stitched purse is my favorite! I never thought about covering an entire area to use as fabric, but now I'll be looking for a way to try it!

    Also, thanks for showing your mock-ups! Good info!

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  20. They are beautiful!! Don't be nervous about opening a shop. You already have a load of fans that love what you do and who will buy your products.
    Kersten

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  21. These are beauties! As soon as I saw them on flickr I went to see if they were connected to a shop. I'd say go for it!

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  22. I love the first one. Such a great project. How do you make the mockups - do you have a specific software.

    You should definitely open an Etsy store - what is the worst that can happen, that you don't sell them and they stay in your house. How is that different from now? And anyway it won't happen because you will sell them!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! For the mockups my husband uses Photoshop to alter a picture so that it can be "filled in" with color, etc. I'm very lucky to have a Photoshop wiz for a husband!

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  23. Congrats, Rachel! And thank you for insight on magazine submittals. I don't have the extra time now to think about doing it but want to in the future.

    Can't wait to start Curves Class tomorrow either!

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  24. I've never known what to do with things like that either, because they are one time deals that i don't mass produce. They do make great silent auction items though! People bid high on 'famous things' : )

    nice to see your pretty stitches!
    ~Monika

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  25. Please DO open an etsy shop. Your work is very becoming and I bet you would do well.

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  26. Selling things on Etsy is kind of like winning the lottery. You can never win if you don't buy the lottery ticket.

    Loved the purses when I was reading my copy of Stitch, but one of the things that really caught my eye in the magazine was the sashiko coasters. I've been toying with trying sashiko for some time, but didn't want to commit to a large scale project. I like the idea of a small coaster or mug rug to start.

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  27. You could do a giveaway!! Or enjoy them yourself! Adorable.

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  28. Both coin purses are lovely! Great idea!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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