Phew! a couple of moves done & family members starting to get settled into their new places. Our own progress on the house is moving at a snails pace shown in super-slow motion. My beautiful studio is partially dismantled & the space seems to be becoming almost a storage unit.
To combat the symptoms of "artist withdrawal", I've decided to set up makeshift workspaces for patterning & sewing. First steps - some extensive rearranging now that I no longer have the same storage options or space. Although I will have to "Tetris" (move things about & re-stack) to get at anything, my tools/fabrics/notions/etc. are sorted again & at least accessible with a bit of digging.
The cabinets that supported my island worktable are gone but I still have the table top, so my solution is an improvised set of legs using a couple of tall plastic drawer units. The table surface sits on the units & is buckled against a wall to stabilize it a bit, since it can't actually be secured - no leaning on the table though or the whole thing will topple! The height turned out to be perfect for work while standing (drafting/cutting) eliminating the back & neck strain one gets standing hunched over a standard height table.
I've reallocated a small dining table for my sewing machine next to a window, a few extension cords & power bars and it's ready!!!
Next steps ... what to make first?
The wee break was refreshing - quite lovely.
On the home front, we have several major family house moves taking place at the moment. As well my husband & myself are getting our house ready to sell & then will be moving. A lot of change taking place in our lives. Most of my time for the remainder of this calendar year will taken up with packing, searching for new homes, possible renovations, etc.
I can't wait to get back to the creative endeavours of designing & publishing patterns as soon as I possibly can...in the mean time, email delivery of patterns has resumed & in full swing. As always, I look forward to hearing from you & will gladly answer any questions that you may have.
Going on a wee cruise...just a little R&R to recharge the batteries!
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The Candy Cane stocking pattern is whimsical yet traditional & appeals to all ages. I designed this for the Fun at heart! It is generously sized to hold an abundance of gifts! The stocking is trimmed on both sides so that it can be hung facing in either direction.
Candy Cane Stocking Pattern
I have had the pleasure to make this stocking numerous times over the years. It was wonderful to see the delight & excitement in people's faces - young & old - when they get their stocking. Enjoy!
It's great to have some feedback about my BJD patterns - many Thanks! I have added a section in the Customer Showcase gallery for these.
Further to the post title ... the next pattern (Candy Cane stocking) is indeed "Almost there!" The short trip away, & wonderful it was, set back my schedule just a tiny bit. I am just processing all the construction photos & filtering them through Photoshop. It is surprising to see the difference in image colour for photos taken on the same day. Light varies so much on any given day from the morning to the evening & the brief glimpses of sun followed by clouds & shadow. The images then need to sorted, labelled & resized for inclusion in the pattern document to keep the overall pattern size under 10K. Just need to write up all the steps & add some diagrams for clarity then it will be ready this coming week!
A wonderful opportunity arouse this week - tickets to two NHL playoff games. It's very exciting to be able to attend a playoff game! The atmosphere & pace of games in the quest for the Stanley cup is electrifying. So a spur of the moment trip for a couple of out of town games. Such a treat to get away for a few days & do a bit of sight seeing while we are there.
As soon as I return, I will tackle the the remainder of the new stocking pattern. It's coming along nicely. Creating designs for my own purpose is significantly different from designing for a pattern release. I usually work directly from bolts of fabrics/trims (not pre-measure quantities) & sewing adjustments are done on the fly - it is much more free form & flexible. I am presently re-engineering the construction process of the candy cane stocking to make it easy as possible to describe & sew. I like to ensure that customers using my patterns have all the information needed to successfully complete the pattern in the easiest possible manner.
Wow, April is almost over - seems to have just flown by! It's been a busy month on the home front with working on the house repairs. One of the wonderful things about doing mundane tasks - such cleaning, mudding, sanding, painting, etc. - is that it leaves the mind free to wander, imagine & create... Although physically drained, all kinds of wonderful design ideas have surfaced that I need to capture & develop. Out with the sketch book!
The candy cane stocking pattern is in full progress. Everything is drawn in vector graphics, now just need to split all the pieces to fit on a standard piece of printer paper & add all the annotations. Next will be printing out everything & then photography/writing the instructions while I sew the actual stocking. It will be great to take a break from physical labour & head back to my studio for this.
The Spring Goddess is finally finished. Yur looks stunning as always.
The bodice & skirt are made with the Agripppina
pattern. With the embellishments & accessories, it has a little bit of fantasy feel to it. I really enjoyed making this outfit for her. Definitely would like to do more in the fantasy arena!
The latest addition to BJD patterns is AGRIPPINA! A "timeless" Bodice & Skirt combination that is a canvas for your creative embellishment... Figure flattering fitted bodice with a corset style (lace-up) back. A long skirt with a slight train at the center back. Add accessories to complete the "look"
All the photos are being sorted & will be posted shortly...