A Source for Nice Pricking Irons

In Prescott last week I was able to have students at my stitching workshop try out the new Horseshoe Brand pricking irons.  I’ll tell you, they perform admirably.  The are sized stitches per inch (spi) like we in the U.S. are accustomed too.  They are also narrow enough to fit right in a stitch groove.  Collen also set me up with a new awl that they are carrying that matches the pricking irons in the profile of the blade.  It also fits sweetly in your palm.  Nice work Jeremiah, and Colleen.  #horseshoebrandtools

Drawing Patterns

Drawing Patterns

What I've put together in this book is a good description of how patterns get put together.  I have students come to study with me that don't think they can draw.  They leave though, with a better understanding of the layers in a pattern, and the skeleton in the pattern that lets it flow, or keeps it from flowing.  They then feel confident in starting to alter the pre-drawn patterns that they use to make them better. Eventually, they start drawing some of their own.  The book teaches how to layout floral patterns, and then the important part, how to use elements and principles of design to be able to evaluate the drawings that a person makes, and then more successfully critique and edit them.

This book is truly a work dedicated to building your abilities and your passion for your work.  Dig in and really apply yourself and you will be more excited each day.