Tuesday, December 8, 2015

When A Plan Comes Together



Where to start?

- I had this little idea for the "A Year in Chalk" series. 
- I do all kinds of research on chalk art: fonts, styles, borders, etc...
- I keep running across this blog with beautiful pictures of someone's home and all of her chalk art (seriously, this is a home worthy of HGTV!)... & she stitches!
- I 'turn off' all images before I start sketching my series, but her blog never really leaves my mind. 
- As 'A Year in Chalk' winds down, I think about what's next...

Enter Just Cross Stitch magazine with a request for a series. 

So, I pitch my idea and hear those magical words that any designer loves to hear..."we're happy with whatever you want to do".

Then, I had to not only introduce myself to Priscilla via FB, but pitch her the idea too. days later, we were busy chatting on the phone discussing colors and themes (& kids and families...go Aztecs! I have been watching her son on TV playing college football!)

What a fun friendship & project this is turning out to be! I know I'm learning a lot and I always like a project that pushes me creatively.

We send pictures back and forth as we each stitch our own models. I have committed to stitching the magazine models myself since I'm making a lot of changes as I go. 

Here's a few 'behind the scenes' photos that didn't make the magazine!

My first photo to Priscilla as I model stitch. 

Priscilla's first photo to me!


Me again!


Priscilla again! It was really cool to see how we both stitched in a different order!



Once my piece is complete, I ship it to Priscilla so she can photograph them together in her home. 



Finally! Just Cross Stitch Jan/Feb 2016. We started this project last March! I'm so excited to bring you a year full of Seasons in Chalk Art (7 in all). (FYI: each piece will be the same stitch count. The model is stitched on 32ct Slate from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie)

Visit and follow Priscilla's blog:
www.priscillas2000.blogspot.com

Enjoy the stitch, I sure have!
Cathy








20 comments:

  1. Cute design.
    Love the fabric.
    I'm looking forward to this series.
    Marilyn

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  2. Her blog is awesome! I love this collabaration between you and I'm really looking forward to the JCS edition this features in.

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  3. Its beautiful Cathy...and I have been a long time follower and admirer of Priscilla how wonderful that you have collaborated with her! I knew exactly who you were talking about in your first sentence. She's amazing, as are you and I have no doubt that this series will be just that: A-MAZING!

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  4. I am so excited This will be so much fun

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  5. How very, very exciting and inspiring!

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  6. Amazing! Stephanie better get ready to mass produce some fabric! :) Can't wait........glad I'm already a Subscriber!

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  7. This is wonderful! I too knew who you were talking about in your first sentence! I am in awe of Priscilla's stitching (her work and amount!) and her beautiful home. I love that you two collaborated...it must have been great fun!! Looking wore are to this stitch!

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  8. This is going to be so much fun to stitch. Can't wait for the first pattern to arrive in my mailbox!

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  9. I look forward to seeing what you and Priscilla have come up with. What a fun series this will be!

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  10. I knew immediately you were talking about Priscilla's blog. I have been following her for a while now. Love her inspiration, chalkboards & decorating! I've stitched your chalkboard designs too & look foward to this series!!

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  11. I knew immediately you were talking about Priscilla's blog. I have been following her for a while now. Love her inspiration, chalkboards & decorating! I've stitched your chalkboard designs too & look foward to this series!!

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  12. This is such a fun project for you both, Cathy, and I look forward to seeing the new designs throughout the year. The first one is just adorable :)

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  13. Love this blog post Cathy ..I am still so thankful you asked me to be a part of this..and yes indeed Go Aztecs!

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  14. Lovely Cathy - Can't wait to get it in the new JCS - hope you are taking time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season - Mel

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  15. I love this new series! Can't wait for the JCS mag.

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  16. This looks like fun! Priscilla is one of my customers (Beach Cottage Stitchers) and I've long admired her photos & design on Instagram. Such talent!

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  17. I can't wait! I just finished your December chart 2 days ago and was wishing there were more in the series.

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  18. I have been a fan of Priscilla for a while now--and look forward to seeing her many great stitches in her many super vignettes! Now paired with you, whoa... can't wait!

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  19. Saw it on the magazine stand at Barnes & Nobles

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