Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Just Cross Stitch - March/April 2012

I wanted to wait until JCS had updated their website but since I'm getting emails and FB messages from people about the issue, I figured it was time to announce it. Believe me, being the big mouth I am, it's been VERY difficult keeping a lid on this, partly because I'm just sooooo excited, and partly because I like to share my experiences - both as a designer and as a stitcher.

So without further ado, I can now state that I'm the featured designer AND one of my designs is in this month's issue!!

When I approached Just Cross Stitch, it was a little touch and go - the model had been stitched by a dear friend and fellow stitcher, May, but it was not yet in my hands. BUT, because they do the selection process several months ahead of time, AND because the design is decidedly spring-like, I couldn't wait too long to act. So I emailed them some pictures that May had sent me and they accepted it! Needless to say I was overjoyed. And then the Canada Post strike happened and Tulip was lost in the system for two and a half months and here I was, waiting with baited breath for them to tell me that they couldn't find it. But by a small miracle, it finally arrived safe and sound and I was able to get it out in time to make the deadline. PHEW!!

What's funny is that while I was very excited about it, the reality of it didn't really hit me until I did my interview with the lovely Vickie Jennett (of Needlework Press). After I got off the phone, the feeling of "I'm going to be in a magazine." turned into "I'M GOING TO BE IN A MAGAZINE!!!!" And then last week when I got my first email from a subscriber asking where she could purchase Antique Lace, I got up from the computer and shouted like a madwoman - "I'M IN A MAGAZINE!!!" Since then I can barely wipe the huge grin off my face.

I know it's not the first magazine I've been in. I've been in the Gift of Stitching twice as well. This is a little different though - I think partly because it's in print. I can go to my local grocery store or drugstore or newsagent and THERE I am! Does that make sense?

The response has been very positive so far. Of course I know my designs aren't everyone's cup of tea and I don't expect that everyone will fall head over heels with my designs just because of this issue, but it is wonderful to hear from everyone who is just discovering my work and enjoying it! And please, if and when you do stitch things, send me pictures!! I love pictures. I really need to get off my butt and post more of them in the gallery.

That brings me to the other point - I would LOVE nothing more than to share a big, bright, shiny picture of Tulip with those who have not yet seen the issue, but as yet I can't. Silly me, I didn't take one before I mailed the piece off and I haven't even SEEN the picture in the issue yet! I will do so as soon as I can. :)


  1. Congratulations!

    I saw your design but haven't had time yet to sit down to actually read the article. I'll have to do that soon.

    The design is gorgeous!

  2. How exciting! I subscribe to JCS but being in the UK I haven't got my copy yet. The last one arrived mid December so I'm thinking this one should be here mid February!

    I'll be able to say "of course I know the designer" this month. Looking forward to seeing your piece in print.

  3. My JCS came in the mail, and as I sat down to read it, lo and behold, you're the featured designer! HAPPY DANCING for you!! YAY! I was so excited to see it was you!! Congrats! That is so exciting! I am so happy and thrilled it was you! Felt a little sense of pride that it was a fellow Canadian, and that you live so close! It's awesome Amd well deserved!

    Melissa J.

    1. Thank you ladies!

      Melissa, I was so bummed we never got to meet up at Brenda's before she closed down last summer!