Monday, July 18, 2011

Lily Pads

I can't believe how beautiful the weather has been. I went canoeing amongst the lily pads on a little lake and it was all warm sun, no bugs, and perfectly quiet. A perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday morning.

Back in the studio that afternoon my little lake adventure became the inspiration for a wall hanging to go in a child's room — one of three nature-themed wall hangings that will be a part of the 2012-2013 Kata Golda catalog. Each will contain 3 stuffed animals that "live" in their respective wall hanging's environment.
Real lily pads inspired whimsical ones made from felt.

The pond scene was created with wool felt and has little pockets to hold the little stuffed animals that just might live in these wetlands, such as this green frog.

A small frog will tuck into a pocket — disguised as a lily pad — on the pond-themed wall hanging.
As I create the scene I pin elements into place, waiting until the whole scene is composed to start my stitching. I'll use a combination of hand and machine stitching to tie it all together, securing grommets to the upper corners of the piece so that it can be hung on a child's wall — the perfect combination of artful decoration and an imaginative toy.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy

Monday, July 11, 2011

Good News Bear

A little over a month ago my friend Kerri Hartman, of Bazaar Girls, asked me I would be interested in creating a pattern for a "good news bear," a small wall hanging that holds a collection of cards upon which kids or parents can write the "good news" that they have to look forward that day.

I thought it was a great project idea, one that translates well into my style, is simple to execute, and yet full of many possibilities. I agreed to pitch in.
The original Good News Bear was created
by Angela Amos, of Bazaar Girls.
The original "Good News Bear" was created by Kerri's business partner, Angela Amos, and Kerri fell in love with the concept. As a contributing editor to Inspiring Times, she wanted my interpretation of the pattern to be the first craft project featured in the newspaper. Based in Port Townsend, Washington, this new alternative free paper focuses on "good" news, supporting small businesses, creativity, and healthy living.

As I worked on the pattern I thought about all of the words and images that my daughter and I could put on the index cards that the Good News Bear holds — all things that would make us happy upon seeing them each morning. With all the things I have on my to-do list, I sometimes get so overwhelmed by cluttered thoughts, images, words that the simplicity of the Good News Bear is comforting to me.

The Good News Bear is easy to make, and only requires a materials and beginning sewing skills. It can hang on a wall, or with the addition of magnets, on your fridge — which is where my family hangs ours. Teachers might also like using it their classroom.

The Good News Bear DIY Kit, complete with the materials and instructions, is available for purchase online through the Kata Golda Etsy boutique, and contains:
  • Pattern and detailed instructions
  • Color photo of what bear will look like when finished
  • Wool felt
  • 2 buttons
  • Cotton thread
  • 10 blank index cards (3x5")
Those in the Port Townsend area of Washington state looking to pick up a free copy of Inspiring Times can do so at several downtown stores, including:
  • Don's Pharmacy
    1151 Water St
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 385-2622
  • The Writer's Workshoppe
    820 Water St
    Port Townsend, WA 98368(360) 379-2617
  • Elevated Ice Cream
    631 Water Street
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 385-1156
  • Creative Union Fabrics*
    112 Kala Square Place, Suite 3
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 379-0655

    *Also sells Kata Golda Good News Bear DIY Kits.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy