Inspired Embroidery

I've been itching to try some new textile pursuits lately. I didn't get around to any knitting this winter and my sewing machine sees more dust than action. I love paper and tape and crafting pretty mail and daily drawing but it's feeling a bit rote at the moment.

But you know what is tempting me? Embroidery!

There's so much interesting stitchery going on in the embroidery world. Textile art. Adorable patterns. And how fabulous is that embroidery sampler above? Designed by Karen BarbĂ©, a Chilean textile designer, who's also behind this sampler. Wouldn't you love to attend one of her embroidery workshops? But since my schedule doesn't seem to include a crafty adventure to Santiago (and the last time I was there, Chile and I didn't leave on the best of terms!), luckily there is so much wonderful stitchy inspiration to be found online...

Inspiration like Cate Anevski's Ice Cream Face patterns. Be still my adorable ice cream loving heart! You can buy this pattern in her Etsy shop.

Or Liz Payne's vibrant art featuring bold painted colour and modern stitches. I follow Liz on Instagram and her progress photos are always inspiring.

More work from Karen - this time needle weaving! Needle Weaving! I know, I was pretty excited about it too. And look at those little tongues of colour. So fun!

And I'm quite enamoured with the idea of stitching on top of printed fabric. This flower spotted over on Radish Blossoms is gorgeous!

So, where to start? I signed myself up for Carina's Mini Embellishment Club - a weekly mini embroidery pattern to stitch. It's a fairly small investment - both time and money-wise - and I think it's a great starting point. Carina literally wrote the book on stitching flowers after all. Learn a few new skills, polish up some old ones while discovering if this is something I love doing as much as I love admiring!

What crafts or materials are inspiring you lately?

Pinning For Spring (And Shopify!)

I won't hesitate to admit that I've been pining for Spring since about mid-February. While the days are definitely getting longer there's still a blanket of (dirty) snow outside my window and I'm more than ready for a little more colour!

Needless to say, I was pretty excited when Shopify asked me to come pin all things Spring for them this month...

Hello fresh colour! 
Hello bunny rabbits! 
Hello a really great excuse to discover new-to-me shops! 

Follow along to see what I'm pinning, drink in all the Springtime colours and discover new-to-you shops. Oh, and enter our giveaway! There are two $50 Omiyage craft packs full of colourful crafty goodness to be won. All the details here.

Happy pinning! (And hopefully less pining).

Point Of Inspiration - Modern Eggs

The internet is a funny place - so huge and yet at times it feels likes we're all pulling inspiration from the same pool of creative ideas. This can create some challenges but also, some beautiful results. I love seeing what inspires others but also what it inspires them to create!

Here's a fun duo of modern eggs that demonstrate how the online creative community inspire each other in some delicious ways!

I'm a big fan of Baba Souk and love the seasonal wrapping papers Stephanie creates. For Easter, she shared this fab modern egg print (amongst others - go download them here) designed with Marie-France Auger.

Which then inspired Sara over at Tell Love and Chocolate to bake up these gorgeous Easter cookies. So good, right?

I guess you can have good design and eat it too!