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DaWanda is a new website designed for crafters and artisans to promote and sell their wares, similar to ETSY (which all of us in North America are so familiar with). I love DaWanda because of the European flavor and the more international variety of sellers. And so, I’ve made the leap, and begun listing my creations on DaWanda!

Stop by DaWanda and visit the Whipstitch Backstitch shop here.

I’ve forgotten about the lure of Stonesthrow (the property my grandparents own on Gabriola Island, and where I am currently staying). When at Stonesthrow, all one wants to do is lay in the sun and read, occasionally munching on tortilla chips and drinking unusual fizzy concoctions like grapefruit mango cordial.

I spent a good portion of the day lounging in the tea house (see left) reading Miranda July. I’m not sure how I feel about her and her writing- but that is a story for another day.

Last night at dinner a local fisherman dropped by the house with fresh rockcod and prawns. I love the way the prawns look, all pink and delicate with bulging little  black beady eyes. Prawn softie, anyone?

I am completely addicted to buying  fabric. And once I buy some, cutting into it is so hard! But of course the end result is always worth the initial trauma.

I’ve just finished cutting out a ton of chest pieces for the Song Birds, using some great new fabrics. The brown is actually a pair of vintage pants that I bought just for these little birds, adorable! The pretty little blue floral is vintage bed sheeting, and so wonderfully soft.

I’m looking forward to sitting and embroidering songbird wings and hoot owl eyes for the next week while I’m on vacation. I find hand-sewing very relaxing. Should come in handy once midterms arrive in the fall!

I’m very excited to be leaving for beautiful Gabriola Island this weekend! It’s one of my favorite vacation spots, and my family has been going there since I can remember.

In preparation I’ve been cutting like crazy, as I hope to spend much of my days embroidering wings on songbirds while relaxing in the sun! Tons of songbirds have begun their lives, as have owls in some awesome new patterns.

Don’t the sheets of felt look so great all arranged by colour? I have this strange tendency to want to arrange everything by colour, even hand-fulls of skittles! Keep an eye out, I’ve got some wonderful new fabrics to show you.

I thought I would share a pair of one of my favorite Whipstitch Backstitch families with you. The Yetii! Harold (tan) and Yota (white) are both yetii, but hail from opposite sides of the globe.

Harold is a west coast Yeti (close cousin of the Sasquatch) while Yota is a Japanese mountain Yeti, and lover of snow. These two, and the rest of the yeti family will be available exclusively on the Whipstitch Backstitch website.

I’m so very pleased to announce that my plush creatures are now available for purchase!

Pedagogy Toys in New Westminster is officially the first store to sell Whipstitch Backstitch toys.

If you haven’t been there, let me tell you a little bit about the  Pedagogy Toy store, not only is it beautiful in its design (think clear blue walls and high bright ceilings) it is also beautiful in it’s commitment to Eco-friendly production. Many of the toys Pedagogy sells are produced locally, others produced in places as far off as the Netherlands, and still Karen and Craig (the owners) carefully investigate each special item to ensure it is a perfect fit.

This beautiful and well crafted store is certainly worth a visit- and the bonus is that you will get to see my little plush family there as well!

Pedagogy Toys can be found at 424 E Columbia Street in New Westminster or online, Here.

The last softies you’ve seen on this blog were designed for the Emily Carr Student Art Show. I started creating them on a whim, but these little softies quickly won my heart!

I’ve spent the past months creating new designs and sourcing new material and I’m very excited to announce that I will be opening a permanent home for these creatures in cyber space!

www.whipstitchbackstitch.com will be opening soon! In the meantime I am stitching feverishly in anticipation!

Also, a big thanks goes out to Globex Designs for all their help with the website, I couldn’t have done it without them!

I’m so thrilled to be able to spend time in my life making beautiful things for beautiful people, I hope you get as much joy from them as I do!

Created for the Emily Carr Student Art Sale, a true conglomeration of creatures, including; songbirds, elephants, yeti, monsters (with big hearts), squid, escargot and doormice. More photographs available at my Flickr.

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