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  • Where to find Pen to Thread

    Hey all! This glorious morning I did my typical 'oh, out of coffee, what to do now' boredom google search, and took a look for Pen to Thread. I love seeing what's out there, and was super happy to see that one of my favorite stores is carrying Pen to Thread. So I thought I'd compile a little list of where you can find the book, incase you want to see it in person, or something like that.

    Amazon

    Barnes & Noble

    Interweave

    Purl Soho

    The Village Haberdashery

    Nordic Needle

    Keepsake Needle Arts

    Also, reviews here:

    Knitting Scholar

    If you have Pen to Thread for sale in your online or brick and morter store, I'd love to know, shoot me an email (sarah@sarahwatsonillustration.com) and I'll add you to the list. Also, it's very important to me that people share what they think of the book, because feedback helps me create a better product the next time, so if you have a review, please let me know and I'll add you to this list as well.

    Post any of your great embroideries with #pentothread to show the world (and me!) what you've been up to.

  • Check out Pen to Thread

    Hey world!!! How's it hanging? Life treating you okay? I hope so. Holiday planning is on it's way, and gift planning will be starting soon...or has already started. I totally recommend homemade gifts, I think it's the nicest way to share a piece of yourself. But what if you just don't feel crafty? What if you're usually the recipient (time to pick up embroidery, but more on that later)? What to give that crafter in your life? How about Pen to Thread?!?! My new embroidery motif book, perfect for sewers, quilters and crafters of all sorts. Embroidery is the thread that binds us, right? Check it out on Amazon.com, as well as Interweave.com. It doesn't actually come out until January, so it'll have to be a belated holiday gift. But the best belated gift I bet you'll give (or get!).

    More photos to come soon, keep an eye out.

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    Oh it's here, it's here! Is it Christmas? Birthday? Nah, c'mon folks, get with the program. The most incredible, exciting news of my day is the cover of my newest book, Pen to Thread! I can share it with you guys, and that just makes my day. In fact, my week....mostly likely month. Perhaps even season (not year, because the book will come out, that'll make my year!)

    Writing this book has been such a fun experience, I can't wait to show more to you all, and to see what people make once the book is out. Pen to Thread is published by Interweave Press. They're an incredibly talented and creative team, and have been a dream to work with. Some of the other incredible books they've got are Every Last Piece by Lynn Harris (who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago, in person), By the Block by Siobahn Rogers (you should see her instagram feed!), and Vintage Quilt Revival by Faith Jones, Katie Clark Blakesly, and Lee Heinrich.

    As you may know, a lot of things like this are done far in advanced (writing a book, that is), and so the whole time you're working on it you want to tell people, but aren't allowed! It's torture, I tell you.

    I was pregnant with my first kid (who is 9 months old now) the majority of the time I was writing Pen to Thread. I spent hours in line at doctor's offices embroidering these motifs. It really reaffirmed how hand embroidery is. I love to keep projects near me all the time, I have them in little drawstring bags that I've sewn out of my fabric all over the house. Just like sewing works in progress, I always have embroidery WIPs hanging around. And I've really worked hard to explain how you can use these motifs, not only embroider for the fun of it, but put them out into the world. There's a whole section on how to use your finished art. I really can't wait to share more with you. Alas.... for now, just the cover. But don't you LOVE it????

  • A day in the life: 05/20/2015

    Good morning world. Or at least part of the world. As it is always 5 o'clock somewhere, I guess it's also always morning somewhere. I'm intent on posting more on my blog, so here I go. My usual concern with this is a problem that I would assume lots of people have. What should I post about? And do people really want to know these things? I'm going to go ahead and assume that yes, you do want to know more about me. And, you know what? Likewise, I'd love to know more about you. Leave a comment, shoot me an email, whatever. I'm so happy to know when people like my work, it delights me to actually meet the people and get to know them.

    Back to what to post about. The majority of my day isn't comprised of design work. The majority is much less glamorous, changing diapers, mopping floors, doing dishes and cooking. I love these things, don't get me wrong, but that's probably not the reason you're reading this, so I'll try to keep it to a minimum, pictures mainly.

    If we're looking at a 'day in the life' situation, my day usually starts around 5AM. That's when dearest baby wakes up, also when the sun rises, see above). I would love to sleep in a bit more, but I can't complain too much, as he gets me up to see one of the most beautiful parts of the day. Then, you know, things, teeth brushing, eating (I won't even try to take pictures of my incredibly beautiful meals for you), bathing. 

    I usually keep something crafty nearby when I'm hanging around the house. I work from home, with the 8 month old baby, so there is a lot of time where I'm sort of just sitting and watching him enjoy life. He doesn't go in my office, because it's perhaps on of the most dangerous places for a baby I've ever seen. Needles, scissors, electricity, a giant hole in the wall (that's another conversation). So I keep a project elsewhere in the house.

    I've currently got the above project going. A lot of my fabric is based on a white ground, and I thought a sweet low volume quilt would be a great gift for my new neice. I've got plenty of fabric scraps, so I've started appliqueing hearts on the 5" squares. Notice how they all lean to the right? At least I'm consistent? Always look at the bright side. The fabrics above are from Arcadia and Biology. If you're looking to pick up some of these fabrics, check out Cloud 9's website. They're a dream to work with, I'm finding especially great for applique, and of course, they are organic.

    Next on the to-do list of crafts? These sweet guys that I'm calling Jungle Buddies. I'd love to release them as an embroidery pattern, I just have to work out some kinks. Working on adding spots to these, but having a crisis about what color. Black? Orange? Solid? Outline? I'll make sure to keep you updated on progress. 

    Are we still on the 'day in the life' topic? The majority of the day. Hanging with baby. 

    To wrap it up, I usually do a little design work here and there. I license my patterns on a variety of products, one of my favorite collaborations is with Chasing Paper. It's peel and stick wallpaper. No goop, no glue, and easily removable. It comes in 2X4 foot rolls, and is great to use for wallpaper, but so much better to use for everything else! I liken it to the contact paper that I remember my mom having on all of our shelves and drawers growing up. Only so much cooler! This print has three color options currently, but we're adding the above three as quickly as possible, so keep an eye out! 

    That's all for this week. If you're reading this thinking, man, what is this girl writing about, don't worry, I'm sure I'll get better at speaking via blog. Just stick with me (oh, was that a stickable wallpaper joke? No, but good try). Until next week!

  • Pen to Thread Pre-Order

    Pen to Thread Pre-Order

    Hi folks! I'm so excited and proud to announce that my first hand embroidery motif book, Pen to Thread, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! If you've been following me on instagram over the last year or so, you've probably noticed a lot of embroidery, line drawings and thread. Well finally the cat is out of the bag. Follow this link to place your order now!

    The book has over 500 beautiful hand embroidery motifs from categories such as Americana, Florals, By the Sea...and so many more. It also has a great section of labels and borders, which I personally plan to use on a regular basis. And lastly, there's a great section of alphabets, perfect for monograms, framed art and more. All of the designs are hand drawn by me, from my imagination and sketchbook. I also embroidered over 200 of the motifs so you can see how they will look finished. As for now I can't share too many images from the book, but as soon as I can, better believe I'll share them! Above is a work in progress from the Florals chapter of Pen to Thread.

    If you have any questions about the pre-order page, or about the book in general, please feel free to contact me at sarah@sarahwatsonillustration.com. For more about the book, follow #pentothread.

  • Biology Butterfly Embroidery

    Biology Butterfly Embroidery

    Hey you guys! Biology is hitting stores as we speak, and I'm super excited about that. I can't wait to make stuff with it, and I can't wait to see what you all make. I've been doing quite a bit of embroidery lately, which you can see on my instagram account (@hisarahwatson), and I thought some of the elements from Biology would work great embroidered. I picked this nice simple butterfly first. Okay, really, I think it's more of a moth. But back to the topic. Below is the icon. Feel free to drag it to your desktop and use it in your own projects, and tag #biologyfabric when you do!

    I also included some other ideas on how to use it. I've made it into a shirt pocket (truth time, I haven't actually made the shirt yet, my fabric hasn't gotten to my house yet), but it can be used anywhere. Open wide pouches, on bags and purses... I also added some tips about which stitches I used. I hope this is helpful, and I hope you love the embroidery as much as I do!