Posted on Friday, September 14 2012 at 1pm
We love Helen Philipps’ designs here at Cross Stitch Collection. These rustic robin Christmas designs, for example, are just so cute and quirky! So, we decided to find out a bit more about the talent behind them. You can read the full interview, and get hold of her gorgeous little robin designs in our November issue (215) – on sale 28th September 2012.
When did you discover
I studied printed textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University and discovered all kinds of historic textiles including samplers, which I loved. Later I learnt how to cross stitch so that I could make my own samplers.
And how did you get
When I left college I took part in trade exhibitions to get started with design commissions… I worked as a surface pattern designer for years until I discovered I could design for cross stitch too and use my hobby as a career.
When you’re designing cross stitch, where do you look for inspiration?
I love old samplers – they give me ideas for designs. Also, anything and everything I see around me like interiors, nature, gardens, art. All kinds of decorative things can give me ideas and inspire colour combinations!
What do you think the key to successful cross stitch design is?
I think the key to good cross stitch design is the same as for any good design – a trained eye behind the creation of it to make sure it is balanced but not boring. It has to have something a bit quirky or personal about it to give it spark and interest, and good colour combinations.
And how did you come up with the idea for your robin cake band and napkin set?
The robin cake band and napkin set was originally an idea suggested by Catherine (Commissioning Editor) as she had seen some designs on my blog that she liked. I then experimented with various patterns to create the robins. I used red and white because I have always loved this combination, especially for Christmas.
Read the full interview in our November issue (215) – on sale 28th September 2012!
Keep up-to-date with Helen’s latest ideas at helenphilipps.blogspot.co.uk and download her latest Cross Stitch Collection designs at: www.themakingspot.com