Stitch•illo: last chance to pre-order!

The book cover along with some bookmarks.

The book cover along with some bookmarks.

Dust jackets and belly bands.

Dust jackets and belly bands.

Interior pages really stack up!

The front cover and the inside front cover.

The front cover and the inside front cover.

This weekend is your last chance to pre-order Stitch-illo and get it straight from the printer. The signatures will be folded on Monday and then the book heads to the bindery. It is on track for mailing out the week of May 29.

Order before May 15 to be on the shipping list!

Preview the book here.

(If you pre-ordered already—thank you!—please check your inbox for an address verification email sent earlier this week if you haven't already responded. From May 15, orders will be held until inventory arrives in fulfillment warehouses in early June.)

Please preorder your Encyclopedia set here and Feed Sacks will be shipped to you straight away or individual Stitch•illo books are available here. During this preorder stage for Stitch•illo and Botanica you can enjoy free shipping on those books within North America and subsidized shipping for orders heading overseas. 

Going to Quilt Market

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Join me later this month at the spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri!

I'll be giving a presentation (and giving away free magazines and there will be a draw for fabric) on Saturday, May 20 at 11am in the Windham Fabrics booth. On Sunday, May 21 starting at noon, you're invited to come back to the Windham Booth for a fun and easy craft: making necklaces and rings with my new collection UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds.

Supplies and space are limited for the free jewellery-making session, so if you're going to be at Quilt Market, please RSVP here to reserve a spot. 

It's a fabric ring of POWER!

It's a fabric ring of POWER!

If you're going to be showing at market or roaming around and would like to connect, please get in touch.

Stitch•illo is at the printer!

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Volume "S" of the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration is at the printer! I expect it will be ready to ship in late May, but I'll keep you updated here and through my newsletter. Thank you for all your support of this project through preorders of the Encyclopedia set and the individual books, too.

Dustjacket featuring a closeup of Liz Payne's work. (inkjet mockup)

Dustjacket featuring a closeup of Liz Payne's work. (inkjet mockup)

Wrapping around the dust jacket will be a belly band. (mockup)

Wrapping around the dust jacket will be a belly band. (mockup)

This dust jacket features the back of Hannah Bass' needlework patterns.

This dust jacket features the back of Hannah Bass' needlework patterns.

Like my Feed Sacks and Compendium books, you can use these dust jackets for other creative projects, as wrapping paper or just re-fold once and a while to give your Stitch•illo book a fresh look! (mockup)

Like my Feed Sacks and Compendium books, you can use these dust jackets for other creative projects, as wrapping paper or just re-fold once and a while to give your Stitch•illo book a fresh look! (mockup)

Closeup of stitching by Monika Kinner-Whalen. (mockup)

Closeup of stitching by Monika Kinner-Whalen. (mockup)

Zoomed in on work by Evelin Kasikov, who stitches on paper.

Zoomed in on work by Evelin Kasikov, who stitches on paper.

More details and a look inside Stitch•illo are over here. Thanks!

Featured Stockist: Papersmiths

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UPPERCASE magazine is available in some really beautiful shops around the world. Today, let's take a look at Papersmiths, a stationery, book and magazine shop in the UK.

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The store is located in Clifton Village in Bristol. "It’s full of independent boutiques and coffee shops and a short walk from Brunel’s famous suspension bridge."

The store opened in October 2014 and specializes in quality, design-led contemporary stationery and paper goods. "From notebooks to pencil sharpeners and fountain pens to scissors, we've handpicked items from the best designers and makers across the globe. Our carefully considered curation of books and magazines includes interior, architecture, graphics, music, fashion, film, travel, food and children's titles."

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"Our customers are all very interesting people. We are visited by lots of creative people with good taste. They might work in design or have a passion for calligraphy, writing, sketching, photography or just good design!"

Papersmiths will be opening a London location in May. You can also shop online. Issue 33 should be available there soon!

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My sewing room (filled with fabric!)

Now that the Look Book for UPPERCASE Volume 2 is published, I'm happy to share more pictures of my sewing room. 

Fiber drums purchased online from Uline.ca were the perfect solution for storing 32 bolts of fabric!

Fiber drums purchased online from Uline.ca were the perfect solution for storing 32 bolts of fabric!

They nestle in a narrow hallway—they're nice to pass by everyday.

They nestle in a narrow hallway—they're nice to pass by everyday.

There are 32 SKUs in this collection! So many patterns and colours to work with! These are the cool colours...

There are 32 SKUs in this collection! So many patterns and colours to work with! These are the cool colours...

And here are the warm colours. They're basically the same palette as my first fabric collection, but this time there are more colours at play in many of the designs.

And here are the warm colours. They're basically the same palette as my first fabric collection, but this time there are more colours at play in many of the designs.

This shelf used to be Finley's changing table.

This shelf used to be Finley's changing table.

I've always wanted a family of calico cats. Thanks to Glen and Finley and their Christmas gift, I have these little guys to play with. I'd like to sew them clothing in my fabric and vintage feed sack scraps.

I've always wanted a family of calico cats. Thanks to Glen and Finley and their Christmas gift, I have these little guys to play with. I'd like to sew them clothing in my fabric and vintage feed sack scraps.

So cute. They appeal to my 8-year-old self.

So cute. They appeal to my 8-year-old self.

Vintage thread spools. They appeal to my 40-something-year-old self.

Vintage thread spools. They appeal to my 40-something-year-old self.

Here's an overview of the sewing area. It's at the base of the stairs and opens out to the deck. The neat areas are on the perimeter since I was taking pictures for the Look Book—everything else was piled up in the middle!

Here's an overview of the sewing area. It's at the base of the stairs and opens out to the deck. The neat areas are on the perimeter since I was taking pictures for the Look Book—everything else was piled up in the middle!

There's nice natural light to sew and photograph by.

There's nice natural light to sew and photograph by.

I look forward to sharing more behind-the-scenes photos and details of the projects I made.

I look forward to sharing more behind-the-scenes photos and details of the projects I made.

Safe to say, if you see nicely cropped images from me, there's a lot of STUFF that I've omitted from the shot!

Safe to say, if you see nicely cropped images from me, there's a lot of STUFF that I've omitted from the shot!

It's pretty incredible to have a first fabric collection, let alone Volume 2! Thank you, Windham Fabrics!

It's pretty incredible to have a first fabric collection, let alone Volume 2! Thank you, Windham Fabrics!

UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds

I'm pleased to present my forthcoming collection with Windham Fabrics, UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds

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Repeated motifs of dots, dashes and diamonds make up this pretty graphic collection—with a little vintage feed sack inspiration thrown in as well! The optimistic colour palette pairs well with both vintage and contemporary designs. 

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The collection is on sale now as preorders for fabric retailers—visit the Windham Fabrics website for more details and to place your wholesale order. It will be available in stores in November.

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Peruse the Look Book here and find out more about the UPPERCASE (Paper) Quilt Block Challenge.

UPPERCASE (Paper) Quilt Block Challenge

Here’s a fun creative challenge! Whether you’re a quilter or not, everyone is invited to play with pattern.

Thanks to my son for helping me with this post!

It'll be some time before the my new Windham Collection is available in stores (November 2017) but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun with it! Let's get our creative juices flowing... by playing with paper!

1) Download and print this pdf to play with the patterns from UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds. (Or see the spread of the new fabric in issue 33.)

2) Design an original or traditional quilt block or use the patterns to create a collage. (Print out multiple copies if you need more of a particular pattern.) You can add solid white or black if you like. The finished designs should be square.

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3) Take a square photo of your creation and share on Instagram with the hashtag #uppercaseblock. The creations will be displayed in an online gallery. 

Together, we’ll create a quilt design based on reader submissions. I’ll award some fabric to the favourites. Have fun!

See more of the UPPERCASE Volume 2: Dots, Dashes and Diamonds collection over here.

Studio Tour: Debi Adams

If you'd like your studio to be featured here, in my newsletter or in the print magazine, please submit your photos here. Thanks! This is a colourful glimpse into Debi Adams' workspace. Let's hear more from her:

"I'm Debi Adams and I have been creating since about the 7th grade. Although I went to college to be a teacher, art has always been and continues to be my passion. It is also my occupation, having worked in some form of the industry for nearly 35 years. Born and raised in Southern California, with my children grown and gone, I relocated to Phoenix to work at another art-based company. Adjusting to living in an apartment (from living in a home) has had it's challenges in creating a do-able workspace. However, where there is a will there is a way and, I made this work for me. Of course, I am a MAJOR junker and bargain hunter and enjoy looking for unique items to decorate or organize my art room. Very few items have come from a store with the exception of the drawers and they will be replaced as soon as I found some vintage piece that I can't live without and will work. The pieces that embellish my space are inspirational. I love to find the story behind each one, if possible. Just recently I have begun to add my own art to my corner of the room, which is my dining room by the way. If there was one word to describe my art or my style it would be eclectic. I love it all and feel so fortunate to GET to do what I love everyday."

It is okay to approach the Operator

Issue 33 is being printed! Here's a shot from The Prolific Group in Winnipeg courtesy of Chris Young.

Issue 33 is being printed! Here's a shot from The Prolific Group in Winnipeg courtesy of Chris Young.

Two signatures are printed on Appleton Coated's U2:XG, thanks to their generous donation of paper.

Two signatures are printed on Appleton Coated's U2:XG, thanks to their generous donation of paper.

The reader submissions about plastic, resins and glossy things are printed on this coated paper section.

The reader submissions about plastic, resins and glossy things are printed on this coated paper section.

The cover and subscription postcards are on our usual uncoated paper... but it's not quite finished—next it'll get a shiny clear gloss foil on those buttons!

The cover and subscription postcards are on our usual uncoated paper... but it's not quite finished—next it'll get a shiny clear gloss foil on those buttons!

Thank you to Chris Young and all the fine Press Operators at The Prolific Group in Winnipeg. "We'll be sending the cover off for be clear gloss foil stamping," says Chris. "And early next week we'll be folding the interior and later in the week we should be on the binder. Things are moving along very nicely indeed."

Subscribe, renew or purchase a gift subscription before March 14 to be on the mailing list for issue 33.

Place a free Peep in issue 33

Peeps are a free service for subscribers of the magazine. Have you just launched your portfolio? Maybe UPPERCASE readers would love your shop with a unique offer? Are you starting a special project that seeks collaboration? Have a special message for a fellow reader? A friendly word of advice to share? That's what UPPERCASE peeps are for!

Please compose a thoughtful message to share with the UPPERCASE community. The Peep form is open now and will remain open until I've received 30 Peeps or it's Friday.

First look at the next cover!

It's that time again... time to reveal the next cover of UPPERCASE !!!

Do you love buttons as much as I do? For me, loose buttons are nostalgic but also incredibly inspiring as I imagine the perfect project for each little gem. This is an assortment of vintage bakelite, casein and celluloid buttons that I've collected. I'm planning to print a gloss foil on the buttons to really make them shiny and to contrast with the uncoated stock of the cover.

The April/May/June issue explores how things glossy and plastic inspire our creativity. There are articles about vintage bakelite, fabric made from plastic, incredible (eco-conscious) projects by UPPERCASE readers (plarn = plastic yarn!) as well articles on using the newest technology in recycling for creating your own plastic projects. Another related theme is heat and fire, such as welding, lampwork, encaustics, glassblowing, ceramics and more. Fellow graphic designers, craftspeople and artists also submitted their stories about how to find a balance between creation and consumption with creative responsibility.

I'm very grateful to welcome back Appleton Coated as our paper partner—they are providing coated paper for the reader submissions section of this issue!

I hope you'll really take a shine to this new issue.
(Sorry, couldn't resist that pun. I promise to use it only once.)

Please subscribe, renew and/or purchase a gift subscription! Your subscription keeps UPPERCASE magazine going, year after year. For over 8 years! What!? Wow! That's kind of amazing in independent publishing.

Thank you!

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UPPERCASE Subscription Draw

Last year, I did a draw for 100 complimentary subscriptions for folks in challenging circumstances. Over 740 people entered. (Read about it here and here. This also prompted me to list sponsored subscriptions in the shop, so that generous folks can sponsor fellow UPPERCASE readers experiencing tough times. So far, 28 subscriptions have been sponsored! Thank you!)

I know from your stories that reading UPPERCASE can be uplifting and motivating and, even, life-changing for some. Subscribing to the magazine is a considerable financial investment ($80 in North America and $120 everywhere else) and for some readers, that takes it out of reach. 

Perhaps you're going through a tough time financially, medically, emotionally... there are many factors that can get in the way of purchasing a subscription. If you truly cannot afford a subscription due to such circumstances and this is what has prevented you from becoming a subscriber, please enter your confidential information below and you'll be entered into the draw for one of 100 free subscriptions. 

Please note that for the purposes of this draw, simply being a student isn't a qualifying situation. Please ask your school's library to subscribe for you and your classmates. Thank you for understanding.

Please use the honour system — I trust that you are submitting your name because this is the only way you can access an UPPERCASE subscription. Please enter only once, otherwise you will be disqualified. 

I will be drawing 100 free subscriptions on February 28.

If you know someone who would benefit from this offer, please send them the link to enter. Gift Subscriptions can be purchased for specific friends or colleagues or you can also purchase a Sponsored Subscription which we will also give randomly to someone on this list. 

Brooklyn General Store

Thank you to everyone who came out to the meetup last Wednesday at Brooklyn General Store! It was great to meet many UPPERCASE subscribers in person and put some faces to people I enjoy following on Instagram. Thank you to Catherine Clark for hosting this lovely event.

Here's the store earlier in the day, before a few dozen people showed up! To see pictures from the event, please scroll over on Instagram.

Here's the store earlier in the day, before a few dozen people showed up! To see pictures from the event, please scroll over on Instagram.

The Ink Pad, NYC

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There are only a handful of UPPERCASE stockists in the city. One of them is The Ink Pada unique shop specializing in rubber stamps, scrapbooking and paper arts. Located on 37th Seventh Avenue at the corner of 13th Street, the shop has been in Greenwich Village for over 18 years.

There's UPPERCASE openly displayed in The Ink Pad window.

There's UPPERCASE openly displayed in The Ink Pad window.

UPPERCASE and other magazines for the creatively inclined.

UPPERCASE and other magazines for the creatively inclined.

There's an extraordinary variety of rubber stamps!

There's an extraordinary variety of rubber stamps!

We even found a rubber stamp of our dog Percy, a Cardigan Corgi.

We even found a rubber stamp of our dog Percy, a Cardigan Corgi.

Anna Chiang is the owner of the store—she commutes an hour and a half each day to The Ink Pad. Now that's dedication! Patrice, in the middle, created some of the stamped card designs on display throughout The Ink Pad.

Anna Chiang is the owner of the store—she commutes an hour and a half each day to The Ink Pad. Now that's dedication! Patrice, in the middle, created some of the stamped card designs on display throughout The Ink Pad.

Thank you, Anna, for carrying UPPERCASE in your shop! If you're not in NYC, you can shop The Ink Pad online, too.

UPPERCASE Meetup at Brooklyn General Store

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 5-7PM

update: please RSVP here

I'm looking forward to spending time in Catherine Clark's beautiful shop, Brooklyn General. This is the perfect venue for a little UPPERCASE gathering. Please drop by and join us for a browse (yarn, fabric, tools, books and creative supplies!) and refreshments. If you have something you'd like to show me for consideration for the magazine, bring it along and we'll have an informal show and tell. We'll have the Feed Sacks book, the new issue and I'll bring a few goodies in my suitcase... 

From their website:

"Brooklyn General Store resides tucked away on a sweet block West of the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill neighbourhoods.  At the north end of Red Hook, this commercial block on Union Street used to be a thriving shopping block for all types of foods and goods.  Brooklyn General’s home within the Old Frank’s Department Store is a throw back to that era, with its preserved floor to ceiling shelves, rolling ladders and classic old wooden floors. The vintage interior is not reproduced, just uncovered, cleaned and painted. If the original shelving isn’t enough to hold all the goods, vintage rolling shoe racks, stacks of old blueberry boxes, vintage pie safes, vintage hardware displays and shelving built from reclaimed wood house the rest."

The Brooklyn General instagram is nice to follow!

Surface Pattern Design Guide: Jennifer Moore, Monaluna

Surface Pattern Design Guide: Jennifer Moore, Monaluna

Jennifer Moore started out as an illustrator. Now she owns her own organic fabric company. "I loved art as a kid, but never really believed I would do it as a career. I have a clear memory of myself in a fourth-grade art class, working on a lush purple-and-blue mandala, and wondering if I could figure out a way to do that for a job. I decided that was ridiculous—no one would ever pay anyone to draw pretty patterns—so I took a winding path to finally doing this as a career."

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Wallpapers by Nottene

Kimberly Ellen Hall and Justin Hardison are the creative company, Nottene (pronounced [nuh-ten-uh]). Nottene was originally featured in the first edition of the Surface Pattern Design Guide. Since then, they've developed a line of wallpapers.

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"Our papers are screen printed by hand in New York, and feature the signature and delicate motifs which are a continuation of the our interest in finding patterns in the small details of everyday life," says the pair.

I received their catalogue in the mail recently—though not in time to include it in issue 32 which was already designed at that point. But I thought I'd share a flip-through of it with you here. The inclusion of the actual samples shows how beautiful the wallpapers are—velvety and satisfyingly matte with hits of metallic. 

There's more to discover at Nottene.

Surface Pattern Design Guide: Shannon Newlin

With the Second Edition of the Surface Pattern Design Guide included in the current issue, I thought it would be interesting to revisit some of the artists featured in the first edition of the guide which was published in spring of 2014 as part of issue 21 (sold out).

Shannon Newlin

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"After being featured in the 2014 Surface Pattern Design Guide I went on to submit my work to the West Elm in Charlotte, North Carolina," says Shannon Newlin. "They gave me the opportunity to sell my art in a month long art show and also become a West Elm LOCAL artist. In addition, I began licensing my work to manufacturers as well as annually participating in several indie art/craft shows. The art pieces shown here are just a few favourites from these shows."

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"There have been several wonderful career opportunities since being featured in the 2014 issue." At the moment, Shannon is particularly excited: "I will have my first fabric line with FreeSpirit this spring!! It will be shown at the May 2017 Quilt Market. I am really looking forward to sharing this vibrant collection soon!"

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The first edition is available as a free download over here.