Monday, May 2, 2011

My "Folk Art" Valdani Floss Collection

Well helloooooooooo! How is everybun? I'm so excited to share this with you today. You see Friday was a year ago that I was laid off from my construction job. This past year has been one of trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do and literally trying to find myself again. There have been lots of bumps and sadness along the way, but friends, I finally feel like I can start skipping hopping down the yellow brick road!

As many of you know I loooooooove to use Valdani 3 strand floss and that is what I carry in my SHOP.  I have worked with Dana, the owner of Valdani, to put together a collection of floss to be used in my upcoming designs. So without further delay, I would like to introduce you to the

                                                   Folk Art for Michelle May Collection!

These yummy, warm, colors in addition to Valdani No. 1 Black solid will be used in all my new designs through the end of the year. To date, I have 6 designs on their way and one that's still hopping around in my head. hee,hee,hee.

Folk art has always been my favorite as it is Fun, Friendly, and just makes me Smile. My designs are simple to create and achievable in short period of time.

This is the first new design, that I gave you a peeky of the other day, it's called Little Houses No. 1. This is the first in a series of three. Ya'll know how much I adore little houses and I was inspired by some Tudor style homes I saw in my town. I do love a pointy gable and swoopy roofline!  :)

This design combines stitchery, fusible applique, machine quilting as well as hand stitching around the hearts. And yes, I got this thing for hearts this year too. hee,hee,hee

There is hand stitching around the hearts with the Valdani floss. I love how it makes the hearts pop off the black background and it was so relaxing to work on. Of course, there has to be a bunny or two in my designs as after all, this is The Raspberry Rabbits. ;)

You can purchase the Folk Art Floss Collection, the Little Houses No. 1 pattern and lots of supplies including Steam A Seam 2 fusible web and the light weight fusible for behind the stitchery all from my SHOP. As always, your support of my small business is greatly appreciated!!

Wishing you a beautiful and magical week! xx,

33 comments:

Cobi said...

such a lovely design Shell. I love it. Congratulations on carrying your fave thread in your shop. I always enjoy your designs, you have a great style. I'm sure you'd love my hometown. we have lots of very old houses with those stylish fronts. I especially love the houses built in Art Nouveau style. the house I lived in before my present one was built in 1600 something.

Madame Samm said...

Great photos Shell...perfect in fact to showcase your beautiful stitching..and our new threads...well over top flavor-full..yep my new word to describe scrumptious...Listen sweetie...keep doing what you love, and the money will come...it will...houses gotta love tiny houses, I live in one, from 8,000 sq feet to less then 1,300 never been happier...sew keep stitching small thingies wink..

Elisa said...

Congratulations on such a positive attitude - so hard to have in these tough times. I love your monthly hearts and I've ordered your Little Houses Block 1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the story blogs with your bunnies!

Susanne said...

Hi Shell, love your new design and the floss, as you are I am also without job for the moment, but I do not have your talent to create, so I have to find something else to make my living.

The Fab Furs said...

A year's passing can result in many changes, can't it? Love the colors!

Gloria J W said...

Congratulations on making it through a whole year, and now you're hopping down some "yellow" road??? Love the floss and the new pattern...and I've even popped over and bought them both!! Forgot to get the needles...ah well..I'll have to pop back again won't I?? And soon...too...
Hugs to you and Harrington - the Sir Walter
Gloria

Rosa said...

Hello!!
I love your new design and the floss.They are absolutely fantastic.

MosaicMagpie said...

Congratulations on a one year travel to finding yourself and your joy! The threads are lovely, I have never tried these threads, so I will have to check them out. The folk art design is great!
Deb

Jade said...

Love the color palette; it makes me think of apples growing on a tree--from the pinkish-white blossoms to the luscious red fruit. The new design is adorable as well, love the sweet little house surrounded by all that love. :)

Sheila said...

Really sweet design , there is a house in town looks very much like your drawing and I also loved it.

DebbieM said...

I just love your new design, shelle!! I live in a little house that we built about four years ago, and your design is perfect for me. I will have to check out your store. I haven't been on here in a while, so I didn't know about Sugie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Did you get the Easter Bunny card I sent to you? When I got it from my designer friend, I just knew who was going to be the recipient! Take care.

Jeri Landers said...

How fabulous for you! The colors are just glorious. It is so nice to have your name on your very OWN line of twist... (that is what my bunnies and bears call it)

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

I am happy you are happy Shell! :-D Congrats on a collection for your design!! That is cool!

Hef's Mom said...

It's lovely Shell. If my gram was still alive I would buy it for her to hang in her little cottage house.

Christine M said...

I love the colours of the floss. Fancy having a floss collection especially for you! I love your little house quilt.

Jeanette said...

Congratulations Shell. The floss looks beautiful & i love your design. Hugs & Happy Stitching,

Dana said...

You are rocking this!!! Way to go Shell! Miss you!

CHRIS said...

Woweee ... cute design and love your threads - you know I'm a devotee of Valdani. Really like your new blog design too. So glad to hear you have found the new you though I didn't know the other one it's onward and upward ....hugz chris.

Jo in TAS said...

When one door closes another one opens and I think you've opened the right door! Gorgeous Work Shell and those valdani thread colours are to dye for (Hee! Hee!)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Shell:
Love your new design, and the thread collection is wonderful! Congratulations on your new line!
xoxo
Donna

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

I love the sweet photo of you and so happy for you, that you can now hop down the yellow brick road.
I love all the colours of the floss, look so great together and your new sweet house design.
You must be feeling so rapt to have your name to the beautiful collection. Way to go Girlfriend!

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Rabbits' Guy said...

"Good work there! But I shall have to pass -" fumble-fingers

Allie said...

Be still my heart - your own collection - oh Shell this is magnificent! Good job! I love the new pattern, I must have it, I'll get it soon - my grandmother's house was the smallest you've ever seen, but it was so full of love. This reminds me of her!

Quilt Kitty said...

Congratulations Shell, with your beautiful heart & attitude you will always be a much admired spirit in our world. Lovely stitchery & love the new look blog. I hope the next year holds much happiness & success for you! Tracee xx

Jessica said...

So beautiful! I love the touch of raspberry!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Congratulations, Shell! I love the colours, and your sweet Prim House is adorable!!
Hugs
Jenny
xx

Kris said...

Love your new pattern, Shell!! When will it be available for purchase?? And congratulations on your new floss collection!! Life is good!! :-)) Kris

Karen M said...

Shell, it has been amazing to watch you, and the new directions you have been taking over the last year. Some sad times, yes, and I'm sure lots of stress, but Wow! You are one amazing and inspiring lady, and your work is gorgeous, too.

Tonya said...

I love your designs. I am going to have to buy some (later when I am not so busy that I can't sew them) and promote your little shop.

Phyllis said...

Hi Shell, It's been a while since I visited.
Oh my goodness - the floss is gorgeous...and what an adorable little design. You did good :)

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats and I have to say they are beautiful colors!!!

Wendy said...

That thread collection is so yummy looking. I have some of those and love them.

Gmama Jane said...

Hello Shell...I'm Gmama Jane from Grandmamas Stories and I love love your new Banner!!! Isn't Madame Samm just the BEST??!! She graced me with a new "look" as well and I am ever SEW Grateful to her for her artistic talents and friendship!! Stash Manicure has been a source of some great online friendships for me..which is such a surprise to me...someone who used to think online relationships were so shallow. Little did I know!!! The Quilting and Stitching community through Sew We Quilt has been a wonderful source of joy and friendship for me. I'm a new follower. I absolutley love your patterns and your style of drawings!! I plan to purchase from your store and become a very good NEW customer!!
When you get a free minute, HOP on over to Grandmamas Stories.
http://grandmamasstories.blogspot.com