Sometimes I wish I could channel Dorothy and hop on her yellow brick road.
Because, honestly, my path has been a little windy, a little bumpy and a whole lot of uncertain at times. But one thing is for sure- recently, embroidery met upholstery in the most amazing way. I even, unintentionally, constructed a roadmap that was shaped by some fantastic adventures and friendships.
Come along with me as I recount my journey among the stitches and beyond the monogram!
I’m often asked what inspires my embroidery designs and how they develop. Well honestly, sometimes inspiration strikes in the unlikeliest of places and at perhaps the most inopportune times. And in those moments, the best thing to do is just roll with it. Have you had those moments? I’m sure you have. You can fight it. But it’s probably going to fight you back… and win!
So sometimes- it can be as simple as something I read. Then visions will start dancing in my head until I can get to my embroidery software and start the design process.
And THIS embroidery project began just that way. And I’m so excited to share it with you!
It all started with finding my WHY (Start with WHY, Simon Sinek). At the same time I was registered to take my first hands-on upholstery workshop with Kim’s Upholstery. It was a path I found interesting and intriguing. But I was somewhat unsure of my calling to the world of upholstery.
And so I began to ponder- if there was a roadmap that would take you exactly where you wanted to be… would you want to take it? Would you want your road to be unique to you?
So the visions… the yellow brick road… the WHY… they were starting to collide.
I even figured out how to Eat That Frog (Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy) along the way. I think Ialso became Better Than Before (Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin).
At the same time, as a member of Kim’s Upholstery DIY Hangout on Facebook, I saw a post by one of the other members, Bethany Wheaton of Plymouth Upholstery & Decor. She authored these thoughtful yet whimsical 12 Steps of Upholstery Addiction. And then Sandra VanSickle of Live with Sandra V added a 13th Step. And I envisioned these 13 Steps positioned all around my imaginary roadmap with the most fantastical, oversized flowers with all sorts of upholstery tools hidden amongst them with completely unrealistic proportions. And I was pure giddy over every single aspect.
Now- I contacted both (prior to actually digitizing the embroidery design- though I did describe my overall idea) to see if they would allow me to use their Steps for this embroidery project to present to Kim Chagnon as a present from her upholstery students and Hangout members at the 1st Inaugural Upholstery Meetup held in Highpoint, NC in 2018. The answer was YES! And the result was a 3-foot embroidered canvas in pink, turquoise and green. We presented the canvas to Kim the last night of the Upholstery Meetup. To say it was an emotional evening is an understatement.
You can often see the embroidered canvas front and center in videos on Kim’s Upholstery’s facebook page. She and her husband, Bill, bring upholstery education within reach to so many individuals. And I am honored and overjoyed that she loves this canvas! I know it holds a special place in my heart.
Did the 13-Step Roadmap embroidered canvas lead me to enlightenment?
Sort of… though not the type I originally wanted. And that’s the thing. I was flexible enough to allow the ‘good stuff’ in… Because when you’re willing to open the roadmap and roll with it, you open yourself to the world. And I found out that there most certainly IS a place for upholstery at lulu kate designs.
And while inspiration doesn’t always lead me this far into a journey, I sure am thankful it did this time!