Embroidery Kit Final Update

Hello Friends,

The 2 cat panels and kits are now up in my Etsy shop.  I've also added postcard sets printed with some of my wildlife photos.

I'm going to be taking a break from these little embroideries because I've finished stitching the second set of Christmas ornaments.  Below are the comparisons of version #1 with version #2.  

If you are one of my readers who's here for the quilts, please stay tuned.  I will be breaking out the sewing machine this week to work on some new quilt ideas I've got. 

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Cats, Dogs, and Birds, Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

If you have been waiting for any combination of my ornament stitching kits to arrive in the shop, you're in luck.  My Etsy shop is restocked of all 6 versions that I plan to make.  There are 6 versions of the ornaments available (actually 7, which I will explain below).  All of these have been printed with black ink as that seemed to be the preference.

  • All 6 Dogs and Cats as a KIT
  • All 6 Dogs and Cats as a PANEL ONLY
  • 3 Cats as a KIT
  • 3 Cats as a PANEL ONLY
  • 3 Dogs as a Kit
    • 3 Dogs as a PANEL ONLY

If you have already bought a kit or panel and would like to share a photo of one of the finished ornaments, please send it to me by emailing kristin@oldshoepress(dot)com.  I'd love to feature your work here!  

As you think about your holiday gifts this year consider either making the ornaments yourself or gifting a panel or kit to someone who loves to stitch.  If you choose to just get the panel you can use your own stash of embroidery thread.  The panels also come with my instruction booklet which has my color and stitch suggestions as well as instructions for finishing the ornaments.  The panels could also be used as is for patches or set into quilt blocks. I'm sure you can come up with other ideas too!  If these are popular I may reprint one more time before November.  If I decide to do them again next year I'll probably make up different designs, so if you like these I'd recommend buying soon.  Thanks!

For the Dog Lovers!

For the Dog Lovers!

For the Cat Lovers!

For the Cat Lovers!

*** The seventh version which will not be continued is the 6 Dogs and Cats as a KIT, but with brown ink.  This didn't seem to be a preference and as I've been working on them myself I have decided that it does take a bit more time to do the black or dark gray emphasis around the eyes and noses.  Hence, I do not plan to print the brown ink version if I do any subsequent printings.  There are only 2 of those kits left, so if that's something you really want better jump on it fast.  

My sister just sent me this photo tonight of one of the cats that she did on the brown ink panel.  Isn't it cute?  I really love what she did with the cat's body.  There are so many possibilities!

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October Color

I love October.  It's probably my favorite month, aside from December.  The changing leaves, crisp temperatures and harvest bounty are so inspiring.  I also know that I'm not alone in this.

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."  ~Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I was inspired to get out and search for some great leaf colors to make leaf studies and then I photographed the gorgeous bouquet I bought at Fall Fest today as well as the squash gracing my table.  How about you?  Are you savoring the season too?


What's New Pussycat?

When you create art work for a silk screen you want to try to use up all the space you can.  So, when I decided to do the ornaments I added two kitties to the artwork just to use up the space.  I wasn't even sure how they'd be used, but lots of people love cats and they are such fun to draw!  During the first printing we just did all the images at once on a piece of Essex fabric.  That's one reason why the border around the images is a little tight.  We are rectifying that on the next printing of the ornaments. 

But, in the meantime, I have 8 more of these two cat panels that I'll be listing in the shop when I get my act together.  These two are my samples and they were such fun to do! If you think you'd be interested in this two cat panel to stitch your own, would you rather it as a kit or just the panel?  

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I did the blue and yellow one first when I thought I'd try covering some of the brown lines with stitch.  That is always an option, of course, but I think it's not my preference.  I did have lots of fun making the flowers for that one though.  

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On the pink and orange kitty I did my usual filling in of shapes with various stitches.  Then it was time to fill the body and I made the collar, but wasn't sure what to do next.  On Monday I added the heart after the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas and filled in around it with the mane.

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I still haven't figured out what to do with the orange and pink kitty, but I have cut it out and prepared it as a patch.  I thought about adding the blue and yellow one to my denim jacket as you can see below.  Any ideas for the orange and yellow one?  Would you buy a finished patch to use however you like?  It could be used as an ornament I suppose, but it's bigger than the other ones.  It could also be the center of a quilt block or used on a bag or multiple other things.  

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Yesterday I made the sweet fabric journal below with the blue and yellow cat and it's now for sale in my Etsy shop. I'll post here when I list the two cat panels.  

PS- I've started building a monthly newsletter email list.  So far, I only have 5 subscribers, but I'd love to have more before the first newsletter goes out in November. This monthly email will include a coupon for my Etsy shop (for newsletter subscribers only), any upcoming events in the month, the occasional giveaway, and possibly some seasonal recipe or other goody.  I hope you'll consider joining the list here.  It's a completely separate list from the blog subscriber list (see the sidebar on my website). You are welcome to sign up for one or both, or none at all.  As always, I will never share your information with anyone.  

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Mid Century Mod at Pacific International Quilt Festival

Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon

Today I shipped these two quilts to the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, California, October 12-15.  I thought I'd pop in to let you know in case you are planning to attend.  They are in the Mid Century Mod exhibit.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this year, but I hope it's a great show!

Walking the Dogs

Walking the Dogs