When my art director emailed and asked for patterned/stitched/fabric pieces for a children's line I was excited. I had a huge stash of unpublished applique pieces and thought how great it would be to wrap them up and send them off without so much as a quick pressing. After more discussion it was determined that there would be problems with the some of the copyrighted patterns (drat!). We weren't sure how to proceed and then I came up with a brilliant (her words not mine) idea. I would paint patterns and stitch them like fabric. It's been a lot of fun creating these and I'm thinking fabric design is next.
I have eight of these lovelies to do so I better get back to work!
I had to brush up on my basic embroidery skills for this image.