It is amazing when you release the pressure, relax and chill a little what happens. Drawings spill out and sketches become abundant - even though I want to race off into the studio and begin stitching I know the best thing is to just sit with pencil and paper in the evenings and draw, each sketch brings another idea and before long I am surrounded by artwork.
In a week my HB pencil has shrunk to almost half it's size.
Here are some rough drafts I have been playing with - sketching onto baking paper when I need to reverse images quickly or repeat an image across more than one design. These are the very first stages of something new, a new collection, new creatures, new ideas hot off the pencil.
It's a hard choice but this is the moment in design I love the most, when it's just me, my pencil and imagination.....and then I pick up the needle and that's a whole other story.
Now you know what I have been doing this week - no sewing, just a lot of great ground work and enough sketches to keep me busy for quite a while.
Ok - so back to the last competition post and the two winners of signed Cotton Floss books. You are all awesome x 336 times for taking the time to enter the draw and leaving a comment - more than thrilled to hear you are excited about the book release and love the designs.
So two random names...
Ancret Shipton - "Oh oh, am I too late to get my name in the draw????? I meant to do this ages ago, I'm blaming baby brain :-) I would LOVE a copy of your gorgeous book!" x
Kelly Rachel - "Oh Natalie! A book...signed??? I'd have died and gone to heaven! I just adore your work. And the colder weather makes me want to stitch...some of your projects would be perfect to work on!"
Ancret and Kelly - let me know your details and a special signed copy will be on it's way in the next post.
If you are looking to buy a copy please ask for 'Cotton Floss' at your local quilt store (I would love to see the book in your home town) you can also check out the Cinderberry Stitches stockist page for the latest information.
Quick - go get your 'Cotton Floss' on