So, true confession today: I have been slowly building my stationery company, Happy Cactus Designs, since mid-2011, but lately have been completely wrapped up in a different passion: hand embroidery. How did my desk â€“ once covered in envelopes, sketchpads, and Micron pens â€“ suddenly become overtaken by endless piles of embroidery floss?
At the end of 2014 I was sidelined with a major ankle injury I sustained while running (note to self: watch out for those curbs!). Being on crutches and laid up for weeks, I knew I would soon be going stir crazy. I had dabbled briefly with hand embroidery a few years before and thought now would be the perfect time to pick it back up. I ordered a number of supplies online (since I couldnâ€™t drive anywhere), delved deep into some online video tutorials I discovered via my old pal Google, and began creating some pieces of work.
I was hooked. I soon began sharing my work on my Instagram account (#happycactusembroidery) and was floored by the positive reaction to what Iâ€™d been doing (including Nole, who encouraged me to write this post. Thanks, Nole!).
With each piece, I have a general concept in mind, but donâ€™t work with a template or pattern. All of my embroidery work is pretty free flow and I find beauty in the unknown of how a piece will turn out. Iâ€™ve mainly focused on floral designs that echo a lot of my stationery work, as well as some geometric pieces. Most recently I’ve found that my embroidery work is now informing my stationery design process â€“ funny how that comes full circle!
I am in the midst of planning to sell pieces from this one of a kind collection in the near future. My intention is to offer them as contemporary pieces of art ready to hang on your wall. If youâ€™re so inclined, you can sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear when that happens.