Hey! I did a 're-do' to the China Town sheet. It has more designs on it, I cleaned up the lines and just generally made it better (I hope). I'm re-vamping some of the earlier sheets like this, and the next one to get a make-over is Pirates Ahoy!
oh and there will be a new line patterns here verrrry soon! No, really. Soon. Like, soon.
AND AND AND- I do have another surprise in store for all of you- but it's not up on the site quite yet. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter (if you haven't already), to find out what it is! Hint: it's sparkly and won't snag.
I WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAYYY!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (funnier if you read the last post)
Okay, here is a micro-closeup of that area:
So, you can see that I sometimes vary a little bit. But the extra thickness you're seeing is where my split stitches are just really close together as I, um..'went around the bend.' and when I get to that crux, just under her breast, I took a back stitch. See?
Here's a link to some of my stitching diagrams that includes those mentioned above:
Sorry for breaking the rules Jenny. (one post and already a trouble maker )
Here's a re-post:
My question is more of a "trade" question regarding my product Q-Snap Frames. After a few years of not being involved in the day to day functions, I'm back in the trenches and one of the things I'm working on is a marketing plan. We haven't really done much in the way of advertising our frames. We have been considering with going towards aiming at the retail ads, vrs trade publications. Do you have any .02??
Hey everybody! It's Mr. Q-Snap! First of all, I'm sorry it's taken me this long to respond to this question. First I skip you, then I'm all like "Uh! Just repost it" then I take a week to reply. Not cool.
Next, I have to say I'm quite honored to be addressing Mr. Q-Snap himself! And not only that, he's seeking advice from me! Is my mother reading this?
Well, first of all, how about an endorsement? I LOVE Q-Snap Frames. In fact, one of the things I'm working on right now is on one of your company's frames. See?
(Can you tell who this is? Free pack of patterns to the first person to PM me with the right answer!)
Okay, now to answer your question. Well, how about advertising on Craftster? I think that would be a good start. Print advertising isn't quite as simple. There aren't a ton of places to advertise to the alternative craft market with a product that is as specific as yours. I advertise in magazines like Bust, ReadyMade and Venus...but that's a bit different. Their readers understand that I'm about alternative crafting, yet you have a tool that is specific to quilting and embroidery. That makes it more challenging. What about magazines like Threads, Adorn and Knit1? What about an endorsement cross-over campaign with my company (people, see how I work this)?
Go ahead and pm me with your thoughts. I'm happy to chat one-on-one with you about your marketing questions. I can't promise I have the answers, but I can tell you how I do it!
Thanks everyone for your patience with posting questions! Things are a bit hectic right now.
* * * * * * REMEMBER! Please post questions one at a time and allow me to answer a question before posting yours. This is to avoid a pileup, and maintain my sanity. Stacked questions will be skipped, but you can repost them at the next chance. Also, if you've already posted, please sit out a turn so another poster can jump in (but you can post numerous times). Thank you!
When I first started out, I created a list of ideas, and it wasn't hard at all. There were so many fun themes that I thought would make perfect embroidery patterns: tiki drinks, vegas-themes, pinups.... I couldn't believe that no one had ever designed for embroidery with these motifs before. So, the initial inspiration was simply what I wanted to see done with embroidery, that I had never seen done before. To me it seemed pretty obvious what the alternatives to geese in bonnets were.
Once the business caught on, it seemed that everyone I met was saying to me "You know what? You should totally do...." And I'd make a note of it. I keep a notebook of ideas and there are enough to keep me cranking out patterns for the rest of my life. The "Sublime Stitching Wishlist" thread on here is something I actually refer to.
Now if you mean 'where do the images come from' I draw them all. My first love is drawing- I've been drawing all my life and that's the main reason I chose to start designing for embroidery- because I LOVE to draw. Then I discovered I love to stitch. But the truth is, (whispering): I always looked at craft patterns and thought the drawings were, for the most part, so...so...awful. There. I said it. I wanted to see well-drawn patterns as much as I wanted to see more unusual themes. If you want to see an example of an imitation of my patterns by a large company, and what happens when they try, looky here. Can you tell which is which? That's what I'm talking about.
My patterns start out as a sketch and then I ink the drawing, simplifying the lines for an embroidery pattern. This makes them seem like they're just simple little illustrations in the end, but they're challenging to create- in a fun way. That's why I'm fiercely protective of my work- not everyone realizes that I draw each and every pattern and that they're original, copyrighted illustrations. Being sold as embroidery patterns makes them seem like they were instantly culled from a library of clip art, but that's not how it works.
My process looks like this:
And that's how you end up with a cute little chihuahua pattern.
More than you wanted to know? I hope that answers it....Next question!
The NEW BOOK! Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart for Chronicle Books
Yay! The new book is already appearing on shelves at some booksellers, but it will be EVERYWHERE in October. If you're just dying, beg for it at your local bookseller, or order it direct from Chronicle Books. I'll have copies for sale on Sublime Stitching in about a month, and they'll be signed.
About the book: The first half is an expanded how-to on embroidery, with additional tips, tricks and cautionary tales. There are new stitches for you learn, plus the introduction of some previously unknown stitches discovered while embroidering in the field. These stitches were not found in any other reference book, so I gave them names like Twinkle Stitch and Bamboo Stitch (it's fun to invent stitches- you should try it). Brand new project examples and lots of pretty photos abound. The second half is made up of over 90 ALL NEW transfer patterns: rhumba dancers, teapots, baby stuff, race cars, owls, swans, muscial instruments, fruit, pastries, more dogs, more cats, more banners, more alphabets...more, more, more. When you cut a pattern from the book, the front and back inside cover have folder pockets so you can store them for later use! The book is $19.95 and you can order it here!
Heck yeah, me too! In fact, I'll go first. Here is an image that didn't make it onto the site. A friend suggested this (it wasn't even my idea!) for the hand and the rice bowl. A loooong, dangly noodle! Erm, my chopstitcks are a little wonky.