Happy New Year!
I’ve decided to start the year off right by entering another Spoonflower Design Challenge
. Committing to these contests is about holding myself accountable. It’s very easy to get distracted by day-to-day tasks and not devote sufficient time to create new designs. I love that these challenges encourage artists to explore new concepts and ideas.
This challenge’s theme is “Cross Stitch” and I admit I was a bit stuck to start. A couple years ago I designed and stitched a sign that read “More Cowbell” as a Christmas present for the love of my life. If you are a Saturday Night Live fan you’ll appreciate the joke as much as he did. I couldn’t quite see a way to do that sign justice as a surface design, though.
I happen to be wrapping up next year’s Christmas collection and still have a residual holiday mindset. I’d also found recent inspiration in Fair Isle sweaters that I discovered when researching another design. These became my springboard to get started.
I decided a minimal color palette would be classic without being kitschy. I pulled the darker blue from my holiday colorway and finally settled on traditional white snowflakes for my design.
Working in Affinity Designer on my iPad, I set up a basic repeat with a 6″ tile. A grid — which I toggled on and off while working — helped me keep everything aligned just as it would with traditional cross stitch. And I placed tiny x-shaped stitches for hours.
I believe the end result was worth the effort and eye-strain. When I applied the pattern to pillows and table linens I was pleasantly surprised at the results. This fabric will no doubt find a place in my holiday collection.