To go with the new bag design that I am making, I had to make new hangtags. Then I decided that if I was going to make new hangtags, I'd better create a logo.
As I was going through some possibilities, nothing was really resonating. Originally I thought I would just do a cleaned up version of my artist signature. But then I remembered that I had recently purchased the domain name RettaCat.Art. That's when it struck me, I needed to somehow add a cat to my Retta signature.
So, I found a cat silhouette clip art and played around with it to make the cat part of the "R". I really like the way it turned out.
I've been getting ready for the Sawdust Winter Fantasy show. While my tote bags have been a big hit, many people have been asking for a small size hand bag. So, here's what I came up with. It's a three-compartment bag with a zipper and a long detachable strap. The middle compartment is perfect for a smart phone.
Just like the tote bags, these have my artwork reproduced on them. And just like the totes, I sew every single one of these.
Here's the first three that I've made. I still need to make the straps. These and several other designs will be available at the Sawdust show starting on November 18th.
What kind of machine do you use?
I am often asked this question, especially when I am selling my artwork at a show and I have my sewing machine with me. My usual answer is, “It is a 34 year old, non-computerized Pfaff. It does what I need it to do, straight stitch and zigzag.”
Now, let’s look at this question a bit deeper. If you were talking to a writer, would you ask, “What kind of computer do you use?” Highly unlikely. A computer is just a tool. Having the most advanced computer available will not make you a great writer. More RAM, faster processor speed, blah blah blah, these are all nice things to have, and they contribute to the ease of the writing process, but they do nothing to generate the ideas. The creativity, the style, the plot, these all need to come from the mind of the writer.
The same idea applies to sewing machines. Like the computer, it is just a tool. Having the most advanced sewing machine on the market will not make you a great artist. While it might be nice to have a sewing machine that will do all those fancy stitches automatically, it is the human heart, mind, and hand that create a piece of artwork.
So, with all that said, here are my 7 tips for buying a sewing machine:
Fiber Artist and Author, Loretta Alvarado