I was probably destined to be a stitcher; my mom, grandma, and aunts all stitch. I loved doing all types of crafts as a kid, especially things that came in a kit. I think I started my first cross-stitch when I was in 2nd grade. It was a colorful sampler with 6 children on it of different colors and races. At the time I think I was pretty big into “It’s a Small World,” so the sampler was fitting. It must have taken me years to finish it, but I still have it! So, having been a crafter most of my life, I think it is important to get children interested in it!
Sadly, I don’t believe there is much of a market of little boys wanting to sew, so for now I’ll stick with what little girls love: PINK, parties, princesses, and ponies (did I hit all of the P’s?).
When designing for beginners there are a lot of things to keep in mind. They are starting from scratch with absolutely no skills, so the patterns need to help them to learn to do one or two skills really well. The pattern, in addition to being simple and easy, needs to be beautiful, a piece the stitcher should be proud of! It should be fun and challenging, and the stitcher should come away wanting to do more and learn more!
OK! So those are my goals for this new line, and I excited to get working on it!
Here is a preview of things to come; it's part of my first pattern for beginners. What do you think?