A red bubble

Apart from splashing a bit of paint around last week while on annual leave, I’ve also made a start on setting up a shop on RedBubble. It’s a print-on-demand site where you upload your work, then people can purchase it in various forms (stickers, T shirts, phone cases, etc), and you get 10-20% of the sale price.

New shop on Red Bubble

It’s still very much a work in progress, and I will be adding to it/tweaking it over the next few weeks and months. Just dipping a toe in the water to see how it goes. It may work and it may not, but you never know unless you try these things.

I’m also teaching myself to use Procreate, a digital drawing app. It is fun and frustrating, as well as surprisingly absorbing. I have probably had too much screen time and not enough stitching time recently, but it will balance itself out eventually. New things always take longer than you expect.

My shop banner is very simple but I quite like it.

Simple banner made in Procreate using a photo of a silk embroidered moon

Most of all this past week I have enjoyed the freedom of not having to go out to work, and the luxury of time to do some of the things I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Time is one of the most precious things we have and last week it was all mine.

Quick watercolour sketch

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

9 thoughts on “A red bubble”

  1. I love you work it’s so inspirational. I’m intrigued at what you are learning on procreate and how you will use it for stitching? Is it a design programme? Also your stitch journal – thank you for answering question the way you have it so helpful. I have a query which may sound strange – when I read the word ’stitch journal’ I think of a book, where as yours is a panel which I really like – so leading on to the next question is the template you designed is that layout ok for other to use? Or do you sell the template ? And lastly do people start stitch journals anything time or just at the start of the year?
    Thank you who for so much inspiration.
    Lorraine

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    1. Thank you so much, Lorraine. There is a stitch journal FAQs page here on the blog (in the menu section, or you might see it along the top of the page depending on what you’re using). The template I made is in there and freely available if you want to use it. You can start a stitch journal whenever you like, and it could be in the form of a book if you make pages and sew them together, or it could just be on one sheet of fabric like mine. You can make it any way you want to really. Procreate is a drawing/painting app which I will try to use to make stickers etc to sell on RedBubble. I don’t know if or how I will use it for stitching, but I think it has a lot of potential. Even if I don’t sell anything, I will enjoy learning how to use it.

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      1. Thank you Karen, it was your blog post that inspired me to message you. I didn’t want to use the template without asking first.
        I use procreate but side some reason I though you were using to create stitch design but it’s stickers , which excuse my ignorance, I thought were sticky shapes you stick in books (or some kids stick them anywhere and everywhere) but I have a feeling it’s not this tile or sticker!?!

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        1. Ah sorry, my misunderstanding – yes of course, do use the template if you find it helpful. Yes, stickers as in sticky shapes – I think some grown ups like them too 🙂

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