March 6, 2011

A few finishes!

This last week I managed to FINISH a few projects! A bag has been made, patterns have been written, templates have been refined, a label is on a quilt and I had two projects commissioned by magazines ... so all in all, I think it was a pretty good week! 

One of my dreams for this year is to have a project published in an overseas magazine.  Just finding a magazine that is open to accepting designs from other than their own country, is an issue in itself.  Then finding an editor's contact address on the web is quite often like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Then finding a magazine that will make a decision in less than three months ... then discovering that a submission has to be by mail, not by e-mail ... (all the submissions to the six or seven Australian magazines that have published my work in the last five or six years have been by e-mail!) ... I almost put it in the "too hard" basket. But I finally found a magazine in the USA that had the decency to reply to my e-mail enquiry and I have now posted off a submission to them. 

I am really happy with the way this project has turned out and it uses my favourite Robyn Pandolph fabric range.  Maybe the editor will like it too????? 

Don't get me wrong - I just LOVE our Australian magazines and really enjoy working with some absolutely delightful editors, and hope to continue to do so.  A few years ago, I just dreamed of being published.  Then I wanted to design something that was good enough to be featured on the front cover. I guess now I am feeling ready for the next challenge.

Some of the magazines are quite happy for a designer to sell or teach or show a pattern before publication.  With others there is a two or three month wait after publication before the publishing and use rights revert to the designer.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because I developed my own policy as a result of working with the different magazines.  Early in the piece I decided that I would not sell or show any new patterns before publication. I like people to find my design in a magazine and not be disappointed thinking "I've seen that before!"

So all of that big long explanation is to tell you why you are only getting "sneak peaks" today!  These will be off to magazines this week:

On another note:  I was honoured to be asked to be the Guest Designer at Snickerdoodle Dreams Community for the month of March.  It is free to join and each month there is a free pattern exclusively for use of the members.  My little free pattern is a sweet stitchery which you might enjoy working on.

I counted up the projects on my "next few weeks" 'to do' list.  (I have another "longer term" 'to do' list as well!)  I have three projects 'half finished' and another four 'half started', so I am trying to be disciplined and plan to gradually get them done, one at a time, beginning with the 'half finished' pile - all without adding any more projects in there!  Now I need to go and get the next section of the free BOM "Consider the Lilies" pattern organised so you can download it next week.

Happy Stitching!



Mamacessories said...

Oh I do hope you get published in one of our US magazines! I love your work and have purchased a few of the Australian magazines and wish ours here in the States would offer more designers such as you with the wonderful stitcheries you do! And I do belong to Snickerdoodle Dreams and loved the section highlighting you and the stitching design was great. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!!

Melody said...

Gorgeous work, as always, Val

BubzRugz said...

All the best val - I'm sure they will love your work o/s...

Sue from Cyprus said...

Good Luck Val with the overseas publishers. Your work is just so beautiful. Your followers out there know that, that is why we come every week to see what you have been up to.
Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x x

Christine M said...

Good luck Val. How could they not like your design?

Marsha said...

I hope all the magazines like your work. I would love to find a US magazine with you in it. I love your patterns and designs so it would be fun to see you in a magazine here. Let us know how it goes!

Snickerdoodlin' Journal said...

We are absolutely thrilled to have you with us at Snickerdoodle Dreams also Val... I wish you much success for your overseas adventures.

take care - have a blessed day filled with creative stitches and inspiration


Dot said...

Oh, Val, do please let us know if and when you get published in a US mag! I'll rush right out and buy a bunch. We could do with many, many more designs of yours! Best wishes!