New Shop Coming Soon

Hello Everyone

This week I would like to share with you the exciting news about my new store that will be coming very soon:  Divine Digital Designs.  It is the result of months of work, much thought and many sleepless nights filled with ideas that would not go away despite much counting of sheep!

We are going DIGITAL!  As you know I already have an Etsy digital store but unfortunately the layout is a little limiting in that it only permits me to sell patterns and in time this will be phased out.    In this new Shopify ecommerce store you will find everything located under one roof.

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Digital patterns are a quick and easy way to gain access to a new pattern without having to wait for shipping.  The idea came about as I considered a quicker way to get kits and supplies delivered to my overseas customers without them having to wait for the post – I looked into drop shipping and order fulfillment with international providers, but there was too much red tape involved and eventually the idea of providing a digital superstore which would not only provide patterns but the capacity to learn a new skill, emerged.

Before launching into the idea I sat down and made a  “To Do List” , starting with my motives and following up with a list of how to put these into action.  Here it is:

Motives

  • To teach others to embroider from home.
  • To provide tutorials that will cater for all skill levels.
  • To provide a flow of new designs without physical stock limitations.
  • Maintain a high standard of quality
  • To make it accessible, simple, enjoyable and doable.
  • To create beautiful designs that others want to stitch. Not just an embroidery pattern but also a lifestyle.
  • To provide everything they need to stitch a project.  Suggest alternatives for hard to find supplies.
  • To provide a happy, personal shopping experience that they want to return to again.
  • Provide value for money.
  • Provide an easy checkout experience. Ensure that they know exactly how to download the file and what happens if they lose it or need to find it.

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How to do this

  • Provide digital patterns that they can print at home, via a printshop or view on their tablet/PC.
  • Design patterns that are clear and easy to follow.
  • Provide a good selection of designs – both traditional and contemporary.  Cater for all levels, beginner to advanced.
  • Provide written and video tutorials that cover every step of the process so there is no confusion. Have an explainer video on the process of how to purchase a digital download.
  • Overcome shipping delays and expense by providing shop links where they can purchase materials in their own country.
  • Create a simple, uncluttered shop layout that is easy to get around and also visually beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Easy navigation menus and good product photos.
  • Offer as many payment options as possible and have a multi currency tool for global customers. Make sure the checkout is quick and painless – no forms to fill in.

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So lets take a quick look at what you will find in the store and see if I have met all these criteria – If you have any other ideas about what you would like to see I would be happy to consider them:

  • A large range of Needlepainting & Whitework patterns for sale both new and old
  • Easy download & access to files
  • Tutorials & Lessons which cater for all skill levels
  • Free tutorials, including learn to do embroidery.
  • Free patterns
  • Free video tutorials
  • How to videos
  • Shop supplies – a list of worldwide suppliers of materials right on your doorstep
  • Ebooks
  • Multi currency options- see prices in your own currency
  • Express checkout option.
  • More payment options for both Overseas and local customers

All this is available to you, without you ever having to leave the store.  I like to think that we are moving from a stall in the marketplace to our own store with a private entrance – it is easy to access, has good parking and once you are inside you will find everything you need in a lovely clean, serene, space – with airconditioning of course!  If I could add a coffe shop I would do that too 🙂   My daughter Stacey, who is a graphic designer in London, and I have been working together to make this dream come true, to create a perfect shopping experience where you can browse through the patterns or learn a new skill, without annoying pop ups and ads!

Of course this does not mean that you will not be able to purchase physical kits, materials etc through the Etsy store, its all still there and can be accessed from within the new store. I cant wait to open the doors and show you whats inside.  Keep watching this space for the launch and meantime, have a wonderful week, keep smiling and happy stitching.

Trish

Whitework With Colour Book

Hello everyone

2017 has got off to a busy start, there are always new and exciting ideas to implement and over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of these with you, but today  it is time to show you something that I have been patiently waiting to reveal……….. and that is the release of the new book WHITEWORK WITH COLOUR which was finally released in Australia/New Zealand in December 2016 and UK/Europe early January 2017.  Those of you in the USA will have to be a little  bit patient as it is not due for release till next month (sorry about that).

You can find the book at most good bookstores or online booksellers – here it is on Amazon UK and for pre-release on Amazon.com.

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My advanced copy did not arrive till just after Christmas and before that I saw copies of it floating around on Instagram long before I had seen a copy!

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But eventually it did arrive and I found a quiet spot, away from the rest of the family, and sat down to look through it.  It is hard to explain the feeling one gets seeing your book in print , it is awesome!

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Thanks to my beautiful daughter for taking these gorgeous photos!

Despite the initial setbacks, an early review posted on Amazon by Karen Platt, a book reviewer lifted my spirits, thank you so much Karen.  Here is an extract you can read the full review here:

“It is impossible to praise this book too much, for any superlatives do not do it justice. It is supreme, beyond compare and in a league of its own. I have often admired Trish Burr’s books, but this is a book that dreams are made of…”

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Below are a few extracts of projects from the book, there are 17 in all, including a starter, small, medium and large projects, ranging from easy to slightly more advanced.  Some of them are repeats in different colour schemes to see what can be achieved.  This book differs slightly from my previous books, in that I have leaned more on my own experience, sharing the methods that have worked best for me over the years.

 

You will be pleased to know that after lengthy discussions with the publisher I have agreed to provide fabric with printed outlines for all the projects in this book.  You can find them here in the ETSY store.

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I have to confess to feeling a little bit pleased with this book – it speaks to me of a culmination of many years of hard work and the progress made over time with design layout, diagrams and instruction.  Being self taught I do understand the need for easy-to-follow instructions and I hope that you will find this to be the case with each project.  So there it is:   Whitework With Colour, my 8th book with Sally Milner Publishing, now all that remains is for you to enjoy it as much as I have done creating it for you and my mission is complete.

Till next time, keep smiling and happy stitching.

Trish

 

 

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone

A very happy New Year to you all, here’s wishing you the very, very best for 2017!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas?  We had the whole family from overseas and it was hectic but wonderful to see everyone again.  We had not seen some of our family in Australia for 12 years so it was very special.  The last guests leave in the next day or two and then I will re-stock the shop and open again, hopefully by Friday this week.

Thank you for your patience while I had a bit of time out.  As always a new year evokes new ideas and I have some exciting things planned for you in 2017, to name a few:

Videos

The first online video instructions for long & short stitch and satin stitch have been launched!  These are free to all and can be accessed via my website – VIDEOS & TUTORIALS or go direct to YouTube.

These videos have been a long time in the making – initially I employed a professional but as this did not work out as hoped, I made a plan using the light from my magnifying glass and ipad (don’t ask its a long story!)  With a bit of editing they worked out ok and hopefully they will help you to see the stitches demonstrated first hand.

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Needlepainting Projects

Some of the project kits have been discontinued to make way for new designs, but all the old designs are and will continue to be available as digital downloads in the new shop here: TRISHBURR DIGITAL

There are some new needlepainting projects in the Etsy store:

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A preview of upcoming new projects:  Giraffe with Barbara Streisand Eyes is a new design that will shortly be available as a kit and for those of you who are Katarina fans, I have been working together with artist Jill Buckley to bring you a mate for Katarina, her cute sister  Chloe.  She is not stitched up yet but hope to start work on her very soon.

Magazine commissions

There will be several projects featured in these magazines in 2017, so look out for them:

Inspirations magazine Australia – quoted as the worlds most beautiful embroidery magazine!  If you don’t have a subscription it is highly recommended that you add it to your wish list, or alternatively subscribe to the digital version here.

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Stitch magazine UK – considered the most popular magazine in the UK, Stitch magazine is affiliated to the Embroiderer’s Guild and is the essential hands-on magazine for creative stitchers.

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Les Editions de Saxe 

This is actually a book rather than a magazine.  It is the premier French embroidery publication in Paris, France, which covers a series of topics or themes throughout the year.  A friend of mine Marie Suarez in Belgium was engaged as editor of a new publication of Les Editions de Saxe, Les Broderies de Marie & Cie and the first issue was released late 2016.

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NEW BOOK

Probably the most exciting news this year that I have to share with you is the release of my new book:

Whitework With Colour.  I received my advanced copy in December and am thrilled with the outcome, the publishers and designer have done a great job!   It has already been released in Australia, is due to be released in UK this month and in USA in Feb/March.  You can pre-order a copy from Amazon.com , Amazon.UK or any good online bookseller.   I will give you a sneak peak plus more details in an upcoming blog post as soon as possible.

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Pre-printed fabric for book

For those of you who find tracing your own outline onto fabric a challenge, you will be pleased to hear that pre-printed fabric pieces for each project in the Whitework With Colour book, will be available for sale in the Etsy store very soon.

I will keep you posted on new developments as and when they arise, in the meantime go gently into 2017, keep smiling and happy stitching.  Trish

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone

The Etsy shop is closing tomorrow the 10th December,  but the digital shop will be open throughout the festive season  – you can access it here:  DIGITAL SHOP.

Thank you all once again for your support during 2016 and a  Merry Christmas to you all!  I will be back early January with some new and exciting ideas to kick off 2017.

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Till next time, keep smiling and happy stitching.  Trish

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