We are delighted to be partnering with Spoonflower’s newest service, Sprout!
Sew tote bags and zipper pouches that have been beautifully designed by our artists! The fabric comes to you already printed with cut lines, so that means no paper patterns to lay out.
Zipper pouch and tote with Katie Vernon’s art
Tote bag with Tara Lilly’s art
Tote, zipper pouch and fabric design with Zoe Ingram’s art
Tote and zipper pouch with Rebecca Jones’ art
All Photos by Sprout and Caroline Okun
Order yours today here! These will make a special gift for you or someone for the upcoming holidays.
Hallmark sent me this kit “Handmade Hallmark” to play with. It’s my idea of a dream job. Here’s what the kit contains: 4 wooden ornaments, 4 embroidery floss skeins, 1 needle and 4 adhesive felt backers.
First, I wanted to cover the surface with color, and as I love embossing powders, I started with a good red one. They make a shiny, thick coat and are fun to use. So I first stamped the wood with Versamark pad which is sticky.
I sprinkle the powder on the sticky wood.
Next, the fun part which is melting the powder (which is like a waxy resin) with a heat gun. It takes about a minute.
To rubberstamp on top of the melted embossing powder (which is now shiny and water resistant), you need to use a permanent ink pad like StazOn. It’s like Sharpie ink. (Note: The melted powder is actually shinier than it appears in this photo. See end of blog post for other examples.)
How many different media can I use? I select Martha’s glitter which is really vivid and fine. First, I painted glue onto the piece and then sprinkled glitter.
I want to add an unexpected texture so I rummage through my trims and find tiny fuchsia pom poms which I glue on with Aleene’s tacky glue.
Let’s try sewing some of that thread into the holes. It’s quite fun. Then, I stick on some self-adhesive gems.
Let’s look at the mess as a whole:That was really fun. Here are some more pieces I made. I’ll go ahead and sew into the holes later.
It was fun to carve into the paint on this piece below.
We’re busy getting ready this week for our exciting artist retreat #LillasRetreat that we’re hosting this Friday Sept. 25th and Saturday Sept. 26th!
We’re putting some of our top artists with top editors and art directors so they can play together and pitch projects in our gorgeous studio.
We call it Speed Art Dating.
Lilla will teach two innovative creative workshops, art directors will share how to dazzle with hot pitches, and our artists will pitch their ideas directly to these hot decision-makers. Throughout, there will be yummy eats and yoga too!
Lilla will also be video streaming on Periscope, the newest live interactive video app. During the scope, she’ll be interacting with those that tune in while she interviews her artists as they make art.
And what art they’ll make! They’ll carve block prints which they’ll print onto linen to make patterns.
Next, they’ll learn how to digitize their custom artwork to make embroidery with our state-of-the-art Janome 15000 machine embroidered onto linen! She’s hipping up this new technology!
We’re thrilled to welcome VIPs from these companies to our retreat:
- Margo Tantau, VP of Creative, Midwest CBK
- Mary Ann Hall, Executive Editor, Rockport Publishers/Quarto
- Judy Labins, Creative Director, Boston International
- Carol Chu, Art Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers
- Jessica Saint Jean, Art Coordinator, Candlewick Press
- Kristen Nobles, Art Director, Candlewick Press
In addition, these top artists will be attending:
- Helen Dardik, Ottawa
- Lisa DeJohn, Massachusetts
- Carolyn Gavin, Toronto
- Tara Lilly (our 2014 Global Talent Search Winner), Portland, OR
- Suzy Ultman, Ohio
- Sarah Walsh, Kansas
Here is a sneak peak at the Creative Retreat Itinerary! Be sure to stay tuned and follow along live with #LillasRetreat.
Workshop 1: Block Printing
The artists will carve large rubber blocks and then print onto lush silks to create fresh patterns.
Workshop 2: Mod Machine Embroidery
Lilla will teach her artists how to create innovative designs using Embrilliance software that they will then stitch onto gorgeous linens with our state-of-the-art Janome 15000 embroidery machine.
Speed Art Dating
Each artist will meet with each art director for ten minutes one-on-one, when they’ll be able to pitch their book projects or home décor collections, show new work, or just plain chat and ask their burning questions of these powerhouses.
Lilla and team will be live video-streaming interviews of the artists and art directors, and engaging the viewers to ask questions of these inspiring folks. Watch @lillarogers on Periscope.
Using Susy’s Always Blooming collection, three designers came up with these 3 free quilt patterns found here at P&B Fabrics (scroll down to the bottom 1/4 of page). You can purchase Susy’s fabric online here and here.
Lilla, These crafty kits are all flashbacks to my childhood. As a girl, I would spend hours at the kitchen table coloring, cutting, stitching, and beading. Recently, I bought some “shrinky dink” sheets at a local craft store, and reconnected with the magic of baking & shrinking my drawings. I was inspired to pitch the idea to Land of Nod, and sent them some of my fun plastic creations. Now, one year later, there is a delightful, authentically Shrinky Dink set available through Land of Nod. If you have a young sewer in the house, the colorful needlepoint kits, and playful stitch kits are a must have. Enjoy! Suzy
I made these two posters for a Taiwanese exhibition lately.
The theme of the show is”Play Together”. They invite designers and artists to create works that kids can enjoy.
Besides of the visual design for the show, I also made some rocking animals with my designer friends. They build rocking horse and other animals and then I painted on it.
You can see rabbit, tiger and giraffe here.Kids love it! We have a blast in the show!
And I also try to paint on the wall. It was new and fun!
So I just want to share with you! – Hsinping
Here I attached some photos.
I created an oversize plush for Land of Nod on display at their Schaumburg, Illinois pop up shop, Mr. Mountain. This year they are hosting an online contest – anyone can enter to win him here:
The contest ends December 12th…. so hurry up and enter! – Allison