The next meeting of the Craft-Along Book Club is coming up on Tuesday June 3, 2014 in the Stadler Room at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, WA. Meeting starts at 7pm!
To reserve your spot, please fill out our online registration form:
(just $5 per person / FREE for paid Seattle Handmade members!)
We are excited to feature another amazing artist, blogger, collector of toys, and author; Aimee Ray! Aimee lives in NW Arkansas with her husband and son. She has written several books, but this month we are featuring her first book; Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners.
We recently asked Aimee a few questions so we could get to know her a little better.
Seattle Handmade: What is your first crafting memory?
Aimee Ray: My earliest memories are stitching with my grandma, she loved to sew and would bring simple embroidery samplers for me to learn on when she came to visit.
SH: Where did the idea for your book come from?
AR: My first Doodle Stitching book was born out of me just having fun creating my own embroidery patterns. My publisher discovered my work online and my book took off from there. My second Doodle Stitching book (The Motif Collection) came from people asking for lots more patterns, so it is full of them! The third book, Embroidery and Beyond, is me exploring a variety of different, more advanced embroidery techniques, it’s an easy introduction to each one. Next up is Holiday motifs, it will be out this fall and is full of Christmas designs as well as lots of other holidays.
SH: What is your favorite project in the book?
AR: My favorite project in Doodle Stitching is probably the felt woodland animals, I’ve made lots of variations of them over the years!
SH: Where do you find inspiration?
AR: Everything inspires me. Especially nature, toys, other artists and crafters, there’s so much awesome work too explore online. I especially love Pinterest.
SH: How do you deal with creative blocks?
AR: I do a variety of different creative things, (embroidery, needle felting, doll customizing, digital illustration/painting, miniature sculpting) so I will often switch gears and work on something else until I feel inspired to do what I need to be doing.
SH: If you were on a deserted island, what three crafty items would you want with you?
AR: Embroidery floss and fabric, pencil and sketchbook, watercolors. (Does that count as 3?
SH: If you were a crafty tool, what would you be and why?
AR: I’d probably just be an ordinary pencil for sketching, that’s where all of my ideas for anything I’m working on are born.
Thank you so much Aimee! We look forward to discussing your book and sharing our projects in person with all of our Craft-Along Book Club members!
Don’t forget to sign up for this and any of our upcoming Craft-Along Book Club nights!
http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration (just $5 per person at the meeting / FREE for paid Seattle Handmade members!)
Seattle Handmade Craft-Along Book Club featured books:
May 6, 2014 Wise Craft by Blair Stocker*
June 3, 2014 Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee R. Ray
July 1, 2014 I Felt Awesome by Moxie*
August 5, 2014 Quilting Happiness by Diane Gilleland
September 2, 2014 Button and Stitch by Kristen Rask
October 7, 2014 Soap Crafting by Ann-Marie Faiola*