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Q&A with Aimee Ray, author of the Doodle Stitching Series

February 27, 2015, 10:16 am  Posted by admin
 

aimee ray (3)Aimee Ray is no stranger to the Lark community. She’s become quite the prolific contributor over the years, and her designs are known for their fun, lively aesthetic. With her latest addition to the popular Doodle Stitching Series coming this Spring (Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack), I wanted to check-in with Aimee and learn more about her influences and creative approach. Check out our Q&A below, and make sure to look through the entire series for unique embroidery patterns and fun sewing projects!

 

How did you get started stitching?

Starting when I was about 5, my grandma used to bring samplers for me to learn on when she came to visit. I picked embroidery up again several years ago as an adult, just as a personal creative outlet. I did computer design work all day and hand stitching was (and still is) a great way to let out my own creativity, in a relaxing and primitive medium, completely different digital art.

 

What was the inspiration/idea behind the Doodle Stitching series?

It was really just born out of my own doodles that I turned into embroidery patterns. I had great encouragement from internet friends and my personal designs led to the creation of all of my books.

 

Doodle Stitching Transfer

Aimee Ray’s new book Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack hits stores this April.

 

What are some new projects you’re excited to share with readers in this book?

While it largely contains motifs from previous books, these are all on iron-on transfer paper, making them even easier and quicker to stitch up! That’s something I’ve wanted to produce all along. You’ll also find several brand new patterns in there that aren’t available anywhere else.

 

Do you have a favorite motif?

I don’t think I could pick just one, but my favorites to work on always seem to be fairy tale or Asian-inspired motifs.

 

What are the essentials for someone looking to start stitching?

All you really need is a needle, floss in your favorite colors, a hoop and some kind of fabric. Embroidery is super versatile and it’s easy to add embellishment to almost any craft project or existing fabric item.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring items to complete one project, what would you bring?

I see myself bringing enough fabric, floss and needles to create some enormous embroidered art quilt or tapestry that would never really be finished, I could just keep adding to it as long as I’m there. ;)

 

 
 
 
 
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One + OneWe published One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets last week and Iris Schreier was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat about the latest addition to this series.

 

How did you develop the idea for the One + One series?

I love the concept of the One + One books in general, because they give you project ideas for combining 2 unrelated skeins of yarn that could be completely mismatched.  Many people are often interested in a larger project that uses 2 skeins of yarn, and here’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to use 2 skeins together, whether in interesting slip stitch patterns, a layering look, double-knitting, or simple striping.

 

What can readers expect out of the latest installment to the series?

The latest installment includes some contemporary designs that are brand new, and will be fun for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced knitting.  The book has something for everyone, with 29 projects that cover a huge range of designs and silhouettes.

 

What influenced your designs in this book?

As always, my designs are influenced by the yarns and I love the softness and drape of the lovely luxurious Artyarns yarns used in the pieces, as well as the spectacular colors that make them pop.

 

When you’re designing what comes to mind first—the yarn or the idea for the pattern?

When I design for a new yarn, I have to basically gain an understanding of the yarn for which I am designing, and I live with it for a while–swatching, blocking, ripping, over and over, until I am happy that the design takes best advantage of the yarn.

 

What project do you have on the needles right now?

I am working on a cardigan with a cable/lace collar top-down with a new yarn, Merino Cloud, which is 80% Merino/20% Cashmere.  Also on a shawl version of the September Knitalong.

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What project from this book are you planning to cast on soon?

Personally I really need to make the very, very easy and lovely Versatile Neck Hug, because it will be so much fun to knit using the soft and delicious Silk Mohair, but even better, this is the ultimate hoodie/cowl for winter, and I know I I will get great use out if it.  It can be folded down to nothing in my bag, and slipped on for protection from the cold.

 

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Iris, that WIP cardigan is looking super fantastic on you and thank you so much for chatting today!

 

Check out all of the patterns in One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets on Ravelry and be sure to order your copy today.