New embroidery pattern Crowned Deer is here and a new logo commission

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Hello dearies! How have you all been? I've been embroidering and hoping that the sun will come back soon. We've had a lot of rain here, which is good for the earth (we had such a ridiculously dry Spring and Summer last year, which was really bad!), but I can't deny that it makes me a bit gloomy sometimes.
Thankfully embroidering is the perfect wet weather activity! Not that it's not also the perfect sit-in-your-sunny-garden activity as well, though ;-)
So, I thought I'd write a quick blog post about the new embroidery and some other things I've been up to.

This is the finished embroidery for the Crowned Deer design:

And you can find this cutie here and also in my Etsy shop here.
I'm just so enchanted with how well the original polymer clay illustration translated to embroidery!

In general I am just super excited about how cute all my illustrations turn out looking as embroideries, and I can't wait to show you guys more of them over the coming year!

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I super do not recommend you do this embroidery on the kind of fabric that I used here. This is a beautiful, natural looking, but super slippery and uneven weave linen. It's quite tricky to get all the small details in the pattern transferred onto it. If you're fairly experienced in pattern transferring you should be fine, but if you're a beginner, it might be quite frustrating. And I think your relaxing crafts should not be frustrating, so choose a nice, light fabric that you can see through easily if you're using the light method of transferring patterns.


As with all my patterns, after check out you get a Dutch and English pattern instructions file. It has a fully typed out instruction photo guide for all the steps required to stitch this embroidery. It also has a thread colour guide, but you're always free to use the colours you want or have on hand. This pattern would definitely be a nice stash buster project as it doesn't use a whole lot of each colour, so it's perfect for using up all those 2 or 4 thread scraps every embroiderer has lying in some box or basket. You know you do!
Should you be new to embroidery and don't want to break the bank buying 13 different floss colours, I completely understand. And I am here to tell you that, yes, I did use 13 colours of thread, but quite a few of those are different shades of colours, so you could always choose just one green colour, just one brown floss hank and just one red or pink tone to use in this one.
In the files there's also always a stitch guide with stitch graphs for my most used stitches. This one is once again quite nice for a beginning stitcher as it uses just 5 different stitches.
And lastly the files also always contain tips on different ways to transfer your pattern to your fabric and which way is handiest to use for different fabrics.


Once you finish this cute embroidery, it will look great just displayed in the hoop, but I bet it would also make a lovely wall hanging on a cool branch you found outside, or as a front panel for a cushion.
So, have fun, my stitching friends!

Other than having worked on this new embroidery design in the past weeks, I also worked on a super fun commission for the lovely folks from a B&B very local to me. For B&B Bij Tante Toos I designed an update of their old logo.
They had seen my new colouring pages and wanted me to create something for them in this style.
Their logo is based on their beloved, now passed away kitty sitting in front of their traditional 'vakwerkhuis' B&B. This sort of house is an old traditional way of building a house with heavy beams and filling the wall spaces with the thick clay that's our soil here. They have a very characteristic look of heavy dark almost black beams set horizontally, vertically and diagonally and then the walls in between are white. They are gorgeous houses and most of them now have a monumental status.

For this commission I created an original polymer clay illustration based on the facade of their 'vakwerk' house with their adorable kitty in front.

My love then photographed this as we always do and did some heavy editing and 'cleaning up' of the image (because as much work I put into making the clay work as neat as possible, my goodness there is so much wobbliness still after the clay has been baked in the oven!).
Of this image I then traced the linework and then my dude cleaned all this up again in his editing program and this was then the end result:

I can't wait to see what they will print it all on!

Gosh, typing this all out now, I realise I've been much busier over the past weeks than I thought.
Anyhoo, I hope you're all having a nice start to Spring (or Autumn if you're on the Southern Hemisphere) and are all still keeping healthy and safe. We have general elections here on Wednesday, so I'll be biting my nails till Thursday, pff.


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