While we haven't done many, Ryan and I really like collaborating on embroidery projects. Our tried and true blog followers [hi our moms!] might remember our Kenny from a show last year. I like to compare our process to comic book pencilers and inkers. Ryan does the initial sketch on fabric and then I get to whoop it up with stitches and colors.
We just never seem to have time for to do a project on our own, so we're super thankful to our pal Pamela for "forcing" it upon us in a new group show opening tonight in Portland at Redux. The show is called "Lovesick" so we used this opportunity to feature our loving cardinal pair in stitches - something I've wanted to do for a while.
You probably already saw our other exciting embroidery news if you follow us our Facebook or Twitter pages, but it's definitely worth mentioning again. We are extra thrilled to have a new pattern available through Sublime Stitching!
[Please note that while the packaging proclaims, "This ain't your gramma's embroidery", we would be quite pleased if any gramma, or great-gramma for that matter, wanted to use one of these patterns. If you and your gramma do work on some patterns together, will you send us a photo?]
Jenny Hart, proprietress of Sublime Stitching and all around fantastic human being, did the translating of Ryan's drawings to embroidery ready patterns and we think she did a brilliant job. You can even get a little tutorial on floss-blending technique over at her blog here. *Hot insider tip* I used some floss-blending on the lady cardinal in the above!
***HERE IS THE CONTEST PART***
We're feeling like game show hosts today, so we're throwing a giveaway contest to celebrate all this animal stitchery! Just leave a rhyming comment on this post and we'll pick a winner at random to receive one of the Sublime Stitching patterns as well as a 5x7 print of each of the animals in the kit for a little inspiration. Those whole deal looks something like this: