As the Sew Illustrated blog tour comes to a close, Kristin and I are still in awe of all the amazing projects that we were treated to this week. I will admit, when we started out on this adventure of writing a book about sewing illustration, we weren’t completely sure how it would be received. Since the release of Sew Illustrated and the stops on the blog tour—I am completely amazed and humbled at how beautiful all the projects are! I especially love when people take the technique and make it their own by adding their own little twists—their child’s drawings, a motif that is unique to them, or fabric choices that are completely their own.
This week Sharon, of Lilabelle Lane Creations blew me away with not only her adorable batch of pincushions—but also her framed artwork! This is a perfect example of what I mean by making a project her own. She took the shelves from the original design and then filled them with what she loves—fabric! From mini bolts to jelly rolls—I would take those shelves any day! And, of course, the little pug in the basket is the crown jewel of that piece of art.
Next, Nadra of ellis & higgs proved what a perfect match her fabric line Backyard Roses is with sewing illustration. Her fabric choices and amazing stitching have me completely in awe! Just look at those charming coasters!
My dear friend Kristyne at Pretty by Hand stitched up one of my favorite projects from the book–the long handled bag with the typewriter motif. I love that she shared her first practice pieces and how quickly she learned and mastered the technique. And the result is absolutely delightful.
Kristyne made me this super cute zipper pouch. I sorted this pouch into “Too cute to use” file so I am afraid it it gets dirty.
*this is the problem when your creation is too adorable. 😉
Next, Elnora shared her House Zipper Pouch on Instagram. Here is another example of how creative people can be with sewing illustration. She took fussy cutting to a whole new level with this adorable pouch! She created a whole flower shop! And she even added a door that opens! If you haven’t watched her little video that shows off all the detail—take a moment now to watch it.
For the last official make of the tour, Jennie at Clover and Violet proved once again that the combination of sewing illustration, Liberty fabric, and linen is an unbeatable combination. Especially polka dotted linen! I also loved how when she couldn’t find any dark thread—she just went with pink! Pink is always a good idea!
Last but definitely not least, the tour takes us to the Aurifil blog, Auribuzz. There is a bit of surprise here—Aurifil is announcing my new thread collection! I am so excited to introduce sewists of all types to using different thread weights. If you read the interview, you will find out what an eye-opening experience it was for me when I discovered Aurifil thread.
People often seem to be a little bit nervous about giving sewing illustration a try. I am so glad that many of the bloggers on the tour confessed to feeling that way—but once they gave it a try, they found out that it is not only easy but also so much fun! I hope that you will find that as well.
We love to see your projects! If you make a project from the book or use sewing illustration in one of your projects, please share it! You can tag me and my co-author, Kristin and use the hashtags #sewillustrated and #sewingillustration. We will be checking them often to be inspired by you!
This is the last day of the tour—I hope that you have been both inspired and entertained by all the talented bloggers we invited along the way. I know that I have! In case you missed any, here is the list one last time.
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August 15: C&T Publications
August 16: Amy at nanaCompany
August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art
August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar
August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing
August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson
August 22: Debbie happy little cottage
August 23: Generation Q Magazine
August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave
August 25: Ayda at cafenohut
August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet
August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon
August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations
August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs
August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand
September 1: Elnora on Instagram
September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet
September 3: Auribuzz
Thank you so much for being with us,
Kristin and Minki