I took a break after we did the I Heart Market in Durban last month, and then of course had to make like mad this week because the next market is suddenly upon us. We have a sweetie theme going this month, so I learned how to screenprint, printed some fabric and made these:

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

And then I’ve made a few dancing aprons. Black, some with detailing, some plain. I ran with 2 pockets only. They just don’t photograph that well so I only have a pic of the full length apron I’m calling Jumping Jellybeans. I used the Psychedelic Squares pattern from ‘A is for Apron’ – it’s a great classic apron style.

Jumping Jellybeans apron

Jumping Jellybeans apron

And in between, I’ve been doing a little embroidery…

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

A polite request

A polite request

I really love this RSA Hospital Use Only fabric. You might remember it from this post about the gift I embroidered for a friend, along with the Sublime Stitching Anatomical Heart. This time I turned it into a bag, and added a pocket because I decided it was time.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Can haz pocket.

Can haz pocket.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

A while back I posted about this lovely idea from Twig and Thistle. Since then I’ve seen it done a few times by other embroiderers. With another birthday to gift for, I decided to give it a go. Lucky for me, the birthday boy had chosen this beautiful ee cummings stanza as his birthday ‘motto’ (sort of), so I didn’t have to work to hard to come up with the perfect lines…

Text embroidery in progress.

Text embroidery in progress.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

Sew in Love | Twig & Thistle.

Twig & Thistle is a lovely blog I discovered recently and I’m totally inspired by this clever embroidered note. I have a plan to surprise a friend….

glitter, vinyl and thread.: the recent embroidery drama.

Hmmm, Amy’s got an interesting take on the Sublime Stitching/Urban Threads issue and I must say she’s got me thinking. I still think the designs are a little too close to Jenny’s for comfort, and I disagree with Amy that there’s only so many ways to do this kind of design – the pose is ridiculously similar for one. But I agree with her that it’s kind of weird that we haven’t heard any public statements from Jenny about this. It’s all been a bit strangely handled, frankly. But I’m not in the know, or part of the blogging/crafting community really, and all I can say is I still think Urban Threads ripped off Jenny’s designs. That doesn’t make them evil, and in some ways it’s a compliment, but I see a lot of instances while trawling the web, and even in stores, where it’s obvious a company or individual has totally ripped off someone else’s design. And it’s annoying. Ripoffs can be cool, but they should, I feel, be acknowledged, and they definitely shouldn’t be sold as your own designs.

On Supernaturale I found what appears to be Jenny’s original mail that Amy refers to. It seems pretty straightforward…

Betty was completed and delivered to the birthday boy yesterday. He seemed pleased. I’m still not at all happy with her mouth, but I couldn’t fiddle with it too much or the fabric would have taken too much strain.

betty

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doe-c-doe: thursday = embroidery.

Oh me oh my. This is just a beautiful thing. Hand-designed, cut and embroidered, this is the most one-of-a-kind it gets. And I want one! It’s people like doe-c-doe who make me want to make things. And she’s one of those who is incredibly generous in sharing her ideas, projects and patterns. Thank you for this marvellous project, which has brightened up my day!