Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall 2012 Newsletter

The skies have returned to cool gray here, but autumn's warm harvest golds abound — a sure sign that preparations for a long winter's nap have begun. We certainly have a lot for you to enjoy and look forward to.


NOVEMBER 16–19, 2012
Kata Golda & Egg Press Annual Holiday Sale
Kata Golda and Egg Press will be gathering together once again for our annual holiday/sample sale, hosted at Schoolhouse Electric's showroom at 2181 NW Nicolai St in Portland, Oregon. Open to the public. Kata Golda's sale ends Sunday 11/18/12.
DECEMBER 8 & 9, 2012
Kata Golda Sewing Workshops in Portland, OR
Alison Kaplan, owner of Kata Golda, returns to Modern Domestic to teach hands-on sewing workshops. Learn how to use felt to create a matching Christmas stocking and ornament set, or a woodlands-themed wall hanging with plush animals. Times, cost, and sign-up information will be announced in the coming weeks.




Coming Soon: Kata Golda Online Workshops
Kata Golda is proud to become part of Creative Bug, which brings together some of the most inspiring designers in a series of online craft workshops. Each is designed to provide "project ideas, expert guidance, and a healthy dose of creative inspiration" for beginners and experts alike. And, as icing on the cake, Creative Bug donates 5% of all subscription revenues to non-profit arts organizations. Look for video workshops from Kata Golda on CreativeBug.com later this fall.




We have always loved the image of the apple tree around here… it appeared in a lot of my daughter's early drawings, and continues to live on my embroidered journals, bags, and mugs. The little burst of red the apple trees have this time of year is still one of my favorite fall color inspirations.

The old apple tree right outside my kitchen window doesn't produce much fruit these days, but it brings so many birds to the yard that I can't stand the idea of removing it. So I planted a new tree a few years ago and attached my hopes to it… and it worked! It has provided a few gems each season — but this year, even after pruning the branches, the tree hangs heavy to the ground, full of apples. So we eat a lot of pie.

Coming to fruition at the same time are my impossibly dense pie pumpkins. At this time of year, as the giant leaves die back, they begin to show themselves. They are my seasonal indicator to jump-start into autumn decorating.

To create a fall center piece I collected maple leaves, gathered branches, and chose a color palette for my felt and thread. I drew the leaf's outline and veins on tracing paper, and stitched the key lines (using a contrasting thread color) through the paper and felt. I then removed the paper and finished stitching the rest of the lines, adding a stem on the felt. Once done I cut out the shape, keeping close to the leaf and stem edges.

Finally, I wrapped the leaf stem and branch together with thread and tied a knot. For some leaves I made an additional stitch near the top, which I then tied off around the branch — keeping them from flopping over. Gathered into a jar and paired with a fresh baked apple pie and some fall-themed plush projects, these branches make the kitchen table a hard place to resist.

If you're looking for felt for your projects, Kata Golda's bag of wool felt scraps offers an assortment of colors and sizes — but if you're looking for a specific color palette, try the wool felt squares.

Enjoy the golden light of the season!

~Kata Golda

Congratulations to the Summer Give-Away Winners!

Congratulations to Pammi and Jen, whose thoughtful responses to the question "How does summer inspire you creatively?" won each of them a handmade Kata Golda Ceramic Cup with Felt Appliqué Cozy. Thanks to all who shared their stories; look for more give-away opportunities in future editions of Little Notes from Kata Golda.

Kata Golda creates unique gifts for children and adults using a combination of hand-dyed wool felt, stitching, and letterpress printing. From photo albums and guest books to hand-stitched items and personalized gifts, Kata Golda’s work is a treasured heirloom for any occasion.
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