Monday, January 5, 2015

a challenge for the new year, and a giveaway

Last year, artist and maker Jen Hewett did something really cool that she called "52 Weeks of Printmaking." I first learned about her on Instagram and really admired her work. And I always thought her weekly printing practice was such a fun idea. She's doing a new project this year, but she handed the torch off to Nicole of Yardage Design. I decided to join in.

A printing challenge for the new year

Time is super tight these days, so I ended up pulling an old stamp that I had carved a few months ago to do my pattern. I played with the repeat in two different ways in a burnt orange ink on linen, then sewed the panels into a simple pouch. It's lined with one of my all-time favorite floral fabrics from Hokkoh.

A printing challenge for the new year A printing challenge for the new year A printing challenge for the new year A printing challenge for the new year

After I made this, I thought about how much I absolutely love making pouches. They are such a good way to showcase handprinted fabric. So I'm adding something to my challenge. Every week, I'm going to make my printed pattern into a pouch or bag and give it away to one of you! It's a good way for me to say "thank you" for the encouragement you give me, and a good way to keep motivated to make something new every week.

To win, just leave a comment here. Easy! I'll choose a winner on Wednesday morning. (International and U.S. readers, you are both welcome to enter this week. I can't ship internationally every time, but I'll try my best with smaller things!)

Happy New Year!

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Update: The giveaway is now closed! And the winner is #61, Linda! I'll email you for your address. Come back next week for another chance to win!

76 comments:

Amy Friend said...

I love this stamp design Krista,as well as the way you chose to repeat it and the color. Awesome!

Ella said...

Such a cool idea! I'm pondering a fabric doodling project. I can't be trusted around sharp cutters and stamps.

Julie Ann said...

Krista, I absolutely love your pouches. I, also, make pouches but have not created my own fabrics with stamps. You have inspired me to experiment and I can't wait to follow your new challenge.

mcrider said...

So perfect! Love the pattern and color combinations!
Looking forward to following this project throughout the year!

kitty crafter said...

What a cool idea. I've been wanting to try hand printed fabric for so long, but you've finally inspired me. I love how a simple shape can be repeated all over to make a great pattern. Thanks for the inspiration!

barbara woods said...

love that fabric that you used, thanks for the chance

Filomena Crochet said...

beautiful work...adorable!!!

Tracey said...

I can't wait to see what you create this year!

Lynz said...

I love everything about these (even your zip is cool!) but your prints make them. What an awesome challenge!

Pat Seaman said...

Thanks for giving us the chance to win a piece of your art! I love your designs and, of course, your pouches. Thanks Krista!

quilt for fun said...

What a fabulous print. I'm looking forward to seeing your designs each week.

Monica said...

awesome beautiful fabulous gorgeous. love it. and good luck with your challenge!

Jenelle said...

This is gorgeous! What a fun and ambitious idea. I have a little bit of that same fabric squirreled away to use for something special. :)

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, what a lovely pouch and a lovely idea for the giveaways. Thanks for the chance!

Jenny M said...

Love It! Love the design, love the orange & linen combo. Beautiful!

Katie said...

Fun idea and such a generous one!

Cathy L said...

The pattern is awesome! The pouches are so cute. Very clever!

Julierose said...

Oh what a super pouch--I am zipper challenged, so haven't made any--would love to win one for sure. thanks for the chance to win--and with hand-printed fabric--amazing. Hugs, Julierose

Anne said...

What a great idea! I really love your stamp design and the two ways you used it. :)

Barbara said...

I love the orange on the outside and the blue on the inside -- masterful color combination! So glad I saw this post.

tiffany said...

Oh my word... that's beautiful! I've been following along on IG too, and am going to join in this weekend when I blow the dust off my stamp carving supplies. Can't wait to see what you come up with each week, and thanks for the chance to win!

DianeY said...

perfect use for this beautiful print!

pingraham said...

I love this pattern and your printmaking plans! This pouch is darling! Thanks for the offer!

Allison C said...

Love this design! Great work.

La Petite Mango said...

I love the colours! So beautiful

Svetlana said...

This is such a pretty pouch, love your stamp too.

Jenny Rekeweg said...

What a challenge! You are sure to learn and grow artistically this year! May the force be with you.

Leslie said...

Really nice stamp, and use of it! And what a good idea to use it right away.

cassandra said...

This is gorgeous! I love the color you chose. I am also very jealous of your perfect zipper ends!

arajane said...

i think we both know i'm a huge fan of both your fabric and your pouches! i love this project and i love you for giving away all your hard work!

Anne said...

I love the colour combo of the orange and natural fabric. Great looking pouch too!

Christina said...

Such a lovely print!! You are so talented. Thanks for a chance to win.

Tracy T. said...

I love how the print fits the dimensions of the pouch - well done!

Katie said...

This is a great idea for a year long project!

dutchcomfort said...

Such a fabulous idea! Love this stamp and the pouch Krista!!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Krista! This looks fantastic! I love your stamp and the colour on the linen! The pouch is so beautiful! Thank you for a great give away! x Teje
nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Truly gorgeous - this is delicious! I am amazed that it is hand stamped. Fingers crossed!

fanfan said...

j'adore ce que vous avez fait ! compliments

Audrey said...

I'm so inspired! I've never carved or stamped before but your style appeals to me so much that I'm going to try it.

pwofford said...

I love your pouches and your stamped fabric. Maybe I'll give them a try myself this year.

Marty Mason said...

Oh, Krista, what a great idea for a one-of-a-kind gift. I've put this on my project board to challenge my quilting group to do every month.

Kelly O. said...

That is such a fun idea!! I'd love to win! thank you! and Happy New Year!

nettie said...

I love your hand printed fabrics. You have such a modern eye. Love the pouches too.

charlotte said...

I love that print! What a cool idea.

Jodi said...

Wow, your design is so simple and pretty! And you carved the stamp yourself - really cool!

ingrid said...

Oh! You're geometric print is so nice! I would love to win the pouch.

Gill said...

What a great design - I look forward to future projects!!

legato1958 said...

What a gorgeous pouch you have created! I love your stamp designed fabric, and the lining you chose.
You are inspiriing!
Susie

beth s said...

what a lovely giveaway. That print is wonderful.

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

Your pouch is gorgeous. Happy new year!

Carol said...

How fun! I love that pattern...and especially in Orange!

Clara Zolud said...

I love your idea of a stamped fabric and your pouch looks so professional. Makes me want to make one or should I say another one? Makes for a beautiful gift. Thanks for sharing and and for the inspiration!

Ellee said...

Really like your stamp and how you creatively used it. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Beth said...

What a fun and generous idea. I'll have to look for a way to pass it on.

Alli said...

Your stamp is so cool! I love how you rotated it and made such a neat pattern. :)

Betty said...

How absolutely inspiring - just love the clutch (love ALL your bags)!
Thanks for sharing and I would be honored to win it!

Laura said...

Such a great idea! Can I ask what kind of ink? And how do you make the stamp? I love it. I can't imagine doing it 52 times, though! You are brave!

kitty0313 said...

This is beautiful - and an inspiration: each stamp impression is so clear! I really like the way in which the stamped element repeats differently on each side of the pouch to create a subtle change in the rhythm of the pattern. Fabulous colour choice, too! Thank you for the chance to participate in your giveaway.

Jenny said...

I would be delighted to win one of those gorgeous pouches!

Nicole said...

Nicely done! I like the second print best I think - the one which is more lined up. Good luck sustaining the challenge.

Linda Nelson said...

Really a stunning bag! Thanks for the inspiration!

lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

Patti said...

This is such a gorgeous pouch! I love the simple triangle print. The burnt orange and linen are a perfect compliment to each other!

Rachel Pryer said...

This pouch is beautiful and what a generous giveaway!

PT in SC said...

Sew very nice! Love everything about it!

Tamie said...

Love your pouch. What a fun challenge to yourself to do something each week. I need to take on a challenge for 2015.

betheliza said...

Beautiful pattern! Do you have a post on printmaking?

meli B said...

Excellent interpretation of such a simple element. Thank you for the chance to win.

Lia HL said...

Great idea, hope it will make 2015 a special crafting year for you. Looking forward to seeing the projects as the year goes. I love your work!

Dianne said...

Love this print! But then I love all of your prints :)
This one and the birds have to be my faves though. At least so far....

Ethne Illingworth said...

What a lovely pouch. Oh how I wish I could do this printing - I want to do a range of fabric this way for a christmas gift for a friend. I must do some more exploring and try again - thanks for the inspiration, (and for sharing your work with us all)

Sheetal said...

What a fun project to take on! You are making me want to break out my stamp carving supplies and dive right in!

My heart is here said...

Oh what a lovely pouch! :)

Cally said...

That is beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading your posts on this project - pouches and hand printed fabrics are both obsessions of mine :)

ipatchandquilt said...

Krista, it is just fabulous this design with the triangles!!! Love it!
Esther @ ipatchandquilt

Elizabeth said...

I really like the idea of a daily or weekly commitment - it is the way I work best - to accomplishing things. Your printed fabric project is wonderful! I am new to your blog, and I'm so very glad to have discovered you - my kind of stuff!

Liz
boltonia55@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

What a fun challenge and what a gorgeous design & pouch! Congratulations to the winner and congratulations on your new website!