Saturday, February 22, 2014

"In Their Easter Bonnets!" New Pattern!


"In your Easter bonnet, 
with all the frills upon it, 
you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade"
~Irving Berlin
It's been a while and despite customer requests that I blog more often, my time is so very limited now and other things, dyeing wool, stitching and orders are always at the top of my "to do" list.
I'm here now though and I'm very excited to show off my newest pattern design called "In Their Easter Bonnets".  Finished size is 14" across.

The entire time while creating and stitching this , I kept humming that "in your Easter bonnets" tune.  Every time I get an order for the pattern, that tune again emerges as the current tune that gets hummed.  So, I'm thinking if that tune is stuck in my brain, most likely, while you're stitching it, you'll be humming it too!
The design process for this one took quite a bit of time.
It all starts in my brain, of course.  I see the design/image in my head that I want to make and in this case, since lately I've been obsessed with HATS (look over at the Christmas "Snow Ladies" design for their hats) I visioned Easter bonnets on my "Bunnies In Spring" design.

Sometimes the most difficult part of the design process for me is to draw on paper what my brain sees.  Sometimes it comes super easy and quick.  Other times, it's pretty time consuming because I work and work at it until the drawing matches or is better than what the image is in my brain.
So here's my pencil sketch of what my brain image was at the time:
I started with the "Bunnies in Spring" basic design which looks like this:
I used the same background shape and the same nose and cheeks but I had to redesign the ears so that they would fit better with the Easter bonnets. I also had to resize the eyes and the little tooth and create a background face shape since the original design uses the brown background for the face shape.
My most useful tool is my eraser.  If that eraser could talk, it would complain of abuse.  
A LOT of erasing went into getting those bonnets to fit right onto their cute little heads.
Not only did the bonnets have to fit correctly but I also had to struggle with fitting the hat sizes onto the background shape too.  It took some time and I would draw it, then hang it up on my cork board and look at it for a day or so, then erase more, hang it, look at it again and again and again.  It took about a week to finally get the bunnies with their bonnets to look just how I wanted them to look.

I'm so very proud of this design.  It's so much fun to make. I went easy on decorating the bonnets but knowing some of my customers like I do and how much they love decorating with beads and buttons, I'm betting I'm going to be seeing some pretty fancy Easter bonnets soon!
 I used feathers in the bonnets and gave this bunny lady a yellow tulle net veil.


This Bunny lady has a rosebud with tulle netting bonnet. The underside of the bonnet is a darker shade of wool to show off the dimensional detail.  
If you love this design as much as I do, just click on the little "buy" button over there on the left sidebar to purchase it.  I'm offering it at a special price for the next week or so.
If you prefer to pay by check, just email me at cathspennies@gmail.com  and I'll send you my mailing address.
I have the wool kit available for this too.  It's all 100% wool.  I used Dorr & Woolrich wools for this and quite a bit of it is my own hand-dyed wools.  The wool will come felted and ready to stitch so all you'll need is the thread, the needle and some freezer paper.  I even include the tulle netting and the feathers.  For purchasing the wool kit with the pattern, visit my website here:

There's a lot of wool involve with making this but I promise that you'll love the finished result and it will be well worth the time and $$ that you put into finishing this.
Although this design is shown with all beautiful 100% wool, it would work well with wool felt for any or all of the wool requirements.  If cost is the issue, then wool felt is the way to make this inexpensively. Otherwise, please consider 100% wool. 
There are so many possibilities to decorate those Easter bonnets to make your bunny ladies the grandest ladies in the Easter parade!




Monday, November 25, 2013

Staying Home Instead Of Joining The Shopping Frenzy?


http://cathspenniesdesigns.com/item_19/Festive-Snowmen-Pattern.php
 Festive Snowmen Pattern as well as all of my other patterns will be on sale this weekend. Sale starts at midnight Friday (eastern standard time)

I personally believe that the whole Black Friday craziness has gotten out of control.  It used to be one day of fun.  We didn't know what would be on sale until Thanksgiving Day, when we opened the newspaper full of store ads.
Now, I don't even bother to look at the ads ... I just don't want to be part of the crazy shopping frenzy.
I remember in my teen years, our local Kmart, which was long before Walmart or Target even existed, had a midnight madness sale on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  That was long before that day was called "Black Friday" too.
So, my mom and sister would go to the Kmart and just hang out, waiting for the flashing Blue Light Specials.  A big crowd of mostly females would stand around, anxiously waiting for the Blue Light on the pole with wheels to light up and give us an amazing bargain. 
This went on, late into the night...probably until midnight. It was so much fun.  I still use a pretty Christmas tablecloth with napkins that I bought way back then during one of the Blue Light Specials. 
Kmart should bring that Blue Light Special idea back. 
So, if you're like me and prefer to stay home on Black Friday, why not join me on my website and do a little bargain shopping!
This will be my 3rd annual Black Friday/Weekend sale.   I won't tell you what the sales will be until Thanksgiving day.  I want this to be a surprise.  I will give some hints though.
Pattern sale.
And I'm going to try something new to see how sales go.
I will offer some designs that I'm calling "Sew Easy, Sew Quick, Sew Pretty".  The offerings will be already cut and ready to stitch.  I'll give more info and some sneak peak pictures in my newsletter, which hopefully will go out later this afternoon.
So come back on Thanksgiving day to find out what my Black Friday and Weekend sales will be!
The sale will start at 12 am (eastern standard time) Friday.  My website: http://www.cathspenniesdesigns.com 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Quick Note!

If you haven't already signed up for the newsletter, please do!  I will have my annual Black Friday/Weekend sale and the newsletter subscribers will be the first to find out about it when I send it out on Thanksgiving Day.

After signing up, please be sure to check your email for the confirmation.  Sometimes it goes into the junk mail box and it's missed.  If you're not sure if you're signed up or not, just sign up again. 

To sign up, just click over there on the left sidebar on the newsletter button.

I'll be back tomorrow with more info!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Pattern! --->Snow Ladies!

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My newest design pattern is called "Snow Ladies".
I was inspired by hats after seeing this picture of Victoria Beckham:
See the green hat on the snow lady?  That is my own version of Victoria Beckham's hat.  :)  Silly, I know but it does go to show how odd things can give me ideas for my designs.
I've never been a hat person myself but I love looking at hats and I do wish that I could be a "hat person"  I remember going to church on Easter Sunday when I was little.  Easter bonnets were popular back then.  Every female, young and old had an Easter bonnet.  I wish we could go back to those times.  Corsages and Easter bonnets on Easter Sunday.

So "Snow Ladies" is something that reminds me of those special Sunday church services where all the ladies dressed up with their beautiful hats and bobbled necklaces.

The finished size is 14 1/2" across.  
The picture shows it made with 100% wool but wool felt can easily substituted for any or all of the wool requirements.  
Shipping is free for those of us in the US or in Canada.  
I have the wool kit available for this too.  That can be found on my website by clicking HERE
The pattern purchase may be made by either clicking the button by the picture over there on the left sidebar of the page, or visit my website, http://www.cathspenniesdesigns.com .

If you wish to pay by check, just email me cathspennies@gmail.com and I'll send you my mailing address.

Thanks ladies!
Oh, and I'm going to have my 3rd annual Black Friday special  this year so be sure to check back for the sale details  or subscribe to my newsletter to have the info delivered right to your inbox!
To subscribe, click on the Newsletter button on the top left sidebar of the page.

Happy Day!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beaver Valley Piecemakers Quilt Show!

Gosh, I almost forgot to mention this...
The local quilt quild is having their annual quilt show.  I will be there so if anyone reading wants to meet up there tomorrow or Sunday, let me know.  I won't be there as a vendor, just visiting to see the glorious quilts on display!  Email me if you want to meet up there. cathspennies@gmail.com
Here's the info:
The Beaver Valley Piecemakers
18th Annual Quilt Show 
HOLY FAMILY PARISH
1851 3rd Avenue
New Brighton, PA 15066

Friday and Saturday

Oct 11th and Oct 12th 10 AM till 5 PM

Sunday

Oct 13th 2012- 11 AM to 4 PM

Admission $ 7
Children 12 & under Free