the moment i heard victoria hudgins was writing a craft book, i got so excited! everything she does on her blog, a subtle revelry, is drool-worthy, and her book - materially crafted - doesn't disappoint. it's pages are filled with 35 step by step tutorials of projects that you will actually want to make and fill your home with. organized by the materials used, you'll find projects that use everything from spray paint and plaster to concrete and clay. projects are beautifully photographed and instructions are easy to follow. hooray!
i'm beyond honored to even have a few of going home to roost's projects included! my hand-painted spoons and wax resist wall hangings are mentioned under 'more projects to try'. i love that in addition to her own 35 step by step projects, she gives readers extra inspiration by including these online-based projects as well. this book will have you busy in no time!
we're also giving away a copy to one lucky rooster!
the blog tour in celebration of my line ofrenaissance ribbons finished up this week and let me just say - i've been blow away at everyone's projects!! seriously some of the prettiest bags, skirts, pillows and accessories i have ever seen.
thank you to everyone who participated (see more photos at #ribbontour)!
check out everyone's project below, most of them have included either pattern info or a complete tutorial. have fun exploring!
sometimes i feel like i live by the philosphy: why does that have to be so boring? i don't like to settle for the 'norms', so i end up doing things like painting this, making that, and covering all the things in fabric. it just makes me happy, and a mousepad is no exception!
i've made a fabric covered mousepad before, and though that one lasted a very long time, i think i've perfected the process! this time, instead of covering an existing mousepad, i've constructed my own - and it has turned out to better than any purchased mousepad i've ever had. it's sleek, thin, stays in place and makes me happy to look at. :)
though this post has a ton of pictures, don't let it fool you. it's super simple and i made it using materials i already had in my sewing room. it only took about 15 minutes to make!
step 1: follow package directions for applying the fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric. generally, you'll remove a piece of paper and iron the fusible sticky side down to the wrong side of the fabric.
keep the paper backing on, and cut a piece of fabric that's exactly 8"x10".
step 2: remove the paper backing from your 8"x10" piece of fabric you just cut, exposing the newly 'sticky' back to your fabric. carefully place the fabric on your backing board so it lines up with all the edges.
generally, your fabric will be tacky and re-positionable until you iron it. then, iron in place (again, refer to package instructions for heat duration), just be sure to NOT use steam, as this could make the backing board warp.
step 3: next, cut an 8"x10" piece of adhesive cork. this will be the 'non-skid' bottom to your mousepad. begin removing the paper backing to expose the sticky cork. line one edge up carefully with the bottom side of the backing board and peel away to keep things lined up perfectly (refer to the image above).
step 4: take a look at all your edges and clean them up if you need to (a ruler and rotary cutter is helpful for this!).
to give it that 'mousepad-y feel', you might want to round the edges. i grabbed a vase i had near by and placed it in each corner, traced around the curve, and cut the corners off using my pen line as a guide.
step 5: optionally, if you'd like to ensure your edges stay nice and clean and never fray, you can run a thin line of fray check around them (i love this stuff!). be careful not to use too much, and let dry before you use your mousepad (about 15 minutes).
now, you're all done! see how thin and sleek it is? i love how it feels and my mouse glides over it perfectly.
hi everyone! today i get to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted for my skillshare class, intro to surface pattern design! i've spent the last 4 days pouring myself into the student's projects (nearly 70 of them!) and have enjoyed viewing everyone's work so much. let me tell you, it has been SO HARD to choose a winner! everyone did an outstanding job and i have been blown away at the final patterns!
without further ado...
the winner is.... treasures by anna stout-tuckwiller! from the moment i saw her piece, i fell in love. the color palette is happy and bright (see two other color options on her project page), and the motifs are detailed and beautiful. i especially love the contrasted mixture of feminine details with the more harsh elements of nature (a skull!). i love how the way that anna has placed the motifs puts the entire pattern in motion and makes your eye dance around the page.
anna also did a fabulous job of documenting her process as she designed this pattern. her sketches (above left) are detailed and perfected and then scanned in to work with digitally (above right).
her motifs are then illustrated and colored (above left) and finally put into motion as a repeating pattern (above right). anna also has a beautiful spoonflower shop, where you can order this pattern on fabric, wallpaper and more!
for winning, anna will be receiving a whole big bundle of pretties, but of course, i couldn't stop here! so many projects blew me away, i have to mention a few more. :) the next two patterns were close contenders and i will be giving each of these ladies a full year's membership to the roost tribe!
backyard beauty by sarah grace white was another pattern that blew me away. though she made over ten stunning patterns, i fell head over heels in love with the feather design above. it's detailed, dainty and colorful and if it ever ends up on fabric, i'll be making several projects from it!
summer in a jar by andrea szabó-kirchmayer shows beautifully illustrated motifs of tomatoes, vines and leaves... and that jar! her hand lettering is stellar and i especially love her use of texture and movement with the elements. great job, andrea!
and finally, a few more honorable mentions! these patterns were all close contenders for the 'top three' and i love them each so much. take some time to visit the project pages below for these patterns to see each student's process, sketches and additional patterns and colorways.
guess what? today is going home to roost's sixth birthday! oh, how the time has flown! so much has happened over the years and i'm full of gratitude for this space where we can share, learn and inspire each other. thank you for making the past six years amazing. here's to the next 6!
to celebrate, i'm having a sale in my etsy shop! take 30% off now through easter sunday by using coupon code "SIXYEARS" during checkout.
speaking of, i hope everyone has a wonderful easter weekend! i’ll be reading the story of easter this weekend and hope that we all might experience a rebirth and renewal that courses through our hearts and minds, spilling over into our lives and our communities throughout the year!
hello, april! march was filled with beauty and warmth and i know april will bring the same! this month, i'll be preparing for quilt market (may 15th-17th), finalizing a new portfolio for the first time in over 4 years (!!) and spending as much time outside as possible. i love spring! what will april bring for you?
to download april’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.
to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.
hi everyone! i’m so happy to announce the design challenge my second skillshare class: surface pattern design 2.0! as usual, students aren’t required to participate, but i always think it’s fun to get involved and see what everyone’s creating. plus, the winner gets a one-on-one with me and a big bundle of pretties! the deadline isn’t until may 15th, so that gives everyone about 6 weeks to work on their project!
to participate: you’ll first need to enroll in the course. next, all you have to do to enter is upload your assignment as you work to the student project area!
challenge deadline: may 15th, 2015
challenge requirements: show each step of your work:
– overall pattern collection name
– a 1 paragraph collection story
– names for each pattern
– patterns applied to products
– final 6 piece pattern collection
*BONUS - pictures of your portfolio
the winner will be selected on the following criteria:
– how well they share their process
– how well they follow course instructions
– their final pattern’s style, color and scale
– 45 minute personal one-on-one review and industry chat with me
– ten 1/2 yards of any fabric collection (your choice)
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 art prints from course presentations
– work featured on going home to roost
i'm beyond excited to announce that spoonflower will be joining us for the challenge! in addition to the above prizes, the top 3 winners for the challenge will also receive a gift certificate to use at spoonflower to print their very own fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap ($100, $50 & $25 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places).
the co-founder of spoonflower, stephen fraser, will also join me in choosing the top 3 winners. (!!)
this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen in the industry and start seeing your own patterns on products
best of luck everyone! i can’t wait to see what you create! xx, bonnie
hey everyone! we're right in the middle of the ribbon blog tour, and today is MY day to join the fun! i'm sharing two gifts with you today: a diva frame wallet from my mom, maxie makes and matching key fob from renaissance ribbons. they are made using my two favorite ribbons/fabrics: nesting blooms and flyaway petalums from winged (ribbons / fabric)!
psst: keep reading for a giveaway below!
this has been the best wallet! it's made from jessica vandenburgh's diva frame wallet pattern and it's got all the right storage in all the right places (here is the pattern and the frame). maxie simply stitched the ribbon to the front piece of fabric before sewing it together, and i love how it turned out. my matching key fob just put's it over the top (these are easy to make with a little webbing and hardware)!
as part of my stop on the tour, i'm so excited to partner with my mom to offer you a GIVEAWAY! one reader will receive everything they need to make their very own wallet!
we're partnering again tomorrow over on maxie makes to offer a BIG GIVEAWAY for everything you'll need to make our perfect whatever bag. that's 5 yards of ribbon, 1.25 yards of fabric and a pair of matching handles!
enter to win:all materials needed to make the diva frame wallet (see above)
deadline:giveaway will end monday, april 6th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.
to enter: comment here sharing with us who you'd make this wallet for (yourself? a friend?).
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