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November 30, 2015
I often pick up inspiration even when I'm not looking for it. A colourful pattern in tiles outside, paintings, fashion or interior design. Sometimes the initial stages flow quite easily and ideas for a new pattern seem to come together quickly, then othertimes, I suffer with a creative block as many do! I often pin scraps of paper or pencil sketches up in my office and gaze at hundreds of DMC shades at the same time to try and image how the colours will go together to make up the final look.
I often sketch out a design plan on a huge piece of graph paper, make changes and edit the design using cross stitch software directly. I'll decide on the overall size of the piece and the aida count that works best. The specific shades of threads will change at the last minute before stitching starts when I can see them all together for one final check. I have been known to be very particular over how blue a specific shade of grey is!
Once the pattern is complete (this can take anywhere from a few weeks to months!) I print off the chart and get stitching the sample. Its not unusal to stand back and change the printed chart by hand with pencil (or directly onto the software) as I'm stitching to get the final perfect shape or curve of that 'R'. I am lucky enough to have a team of experienced test stitchers who have helped with some of the samples too.
Once the stitching is complete, I triple check every stitch and correspond this to the pattern both printed and digital then mount the piece on foamboard (using Prym glass head pins). The piece is sent for framing and then photographed before appearing in the online shop!
January 31, 2024
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January 20, 2024
December really is the most wonderful time of the year, and there is no better way to get into the spirit than by counting down to Christmas with a unique Advent calendar, opening one beautiful, useful cross stitch gift every day.
This joyful countdown will reignite the magic and nurture your inner child - we're on a mission to make Christmas time will feel just as special as it did when you were young.
December 31, 2023
As 2023 draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to slow down, reflect, and acknowledge the wonderful, busy year we've had.
Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to our fantastic Caterpillar community. I cannot believe that Caterpillar Cross Stitch turned 8 this year! We're so grateful that you've stuck with us, and we cannot thank you enough for your continuous love and support.