Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
I can remember as a child I had a grandparent who was partial to girls rather than my brother, and she would recite the poem “what are little girls made of…. Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice….what are little boys made of….Snips and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails….” Now I don’t totally go for the whole gender role thing of girls are sweet and boys are muddy, however the name always stuck in my head.
The idea for this collection began with seeing some amazing artwork based around little girls. I really wanted something that was quick to stitch out, and at the time, I hadn’t worked on any redwork collections.
So redwork was my style of choice for these gorgeous girls. I found that I had so much fun creating these designs, that once I got started, in no time I had 16 gorgeous girls. I like to think there is something for everyone in this collection – there is the little girl at the party, cooking, picking up frogs, dancing are all covered in this sweet collection.
I was so proud of the collection at the time (remember back in 2008), not many machines had thread trimmers on them, and these designs are all created to have no jump stitches except for the eyes.
As I was test stitching the collection, I found that using black thread made the designs look incredibly harsh, and I had to switch to a dark brown thread. This trick has worked for me for more than 10 years now, giving a much softer and natural appearance to my embroidery designs. The other interesting thing that happened as I was test stitching these designs, was Cameron (then 4) asking where the boys were?
And so the Snips and Snails collection was began as well. Once again, using the same artist, the Snips and Snails collection gives 16 different traditional boy designs, with the sweet boys engaging in BBQing, playing super hero, policeman, fishing, and skateboarding.
Over the years, I have used the designs are a quick way to embellish items (each design only takes about 10 minutes), and the designs are brilliant for applying paints to for an added dimension.
The first items that I created with these designs were the quilts. They are so easy to make, and are a great gift. I have also used the designs for birth samplers successfully, and even used the designs in a binder cover that I still use to this day.
Initially we gave away the very pretty faces for two of these designs HERE as a freebie with the Snips & Snails and Sugar & Spice Design collections. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second design from each collection – as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.