Inspiration: Elizabeth O. Dulemba and her Winter Swan

In my never ending search to find cute patterns and ideas for embroidery, I somehow stumbled onto Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s Coloring Page Tuesdays. She is a children’s book author and illustrator who publishes a new colouring page every week. She (like me!) is a strong believer in the power of books and the importance of libraries and many of her illustrations reflect this. From fairies to Victorian ladies via monsters and wise owls, you can find many lovely characters engrossed in their favourite books. She is even kind enough to allow booksellers, schools and libraries to use her images for colouring time.

Some of her designs lend themselves very well to simple redwork embroidery. Many of her animals would look adorable in a nursery and she has fun designs for almost every occasion and holiday. But when I saw her winter swan, I swooned.

It is such a beautiful illustration, not too busy but still full of detail, it easily translated to stitching. It looks like it could be a traditional redwork pattern while still being modern and a bit edgy. I am tempted to redo this pattern on better fabric and do some type of filling stitches on the frame. Perhaps something a bit darker.

Inspiration can come from anywhere: tattoos, pictures, buttons, colouring books pages. You should always be on the lookout for new patterns and new sources of inspiration. I leave you with a few more of Elizabeth’s works that could make amazing stitched creations. Make sure you check out her blog and her books!


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