A Dose of Hopefulness

[this was originally a newsletter post–the response was so positive I’m sharing it here!]
Sad? Overwhelmed? Totally flummoxed?
I think there must be stages to dealing with this crazy world, like dealing with grief. I don’t know what they are, but hopefully you will get to the hopeful phase where you find what you can do to make the world a better place. Whether it’s marching, protesting or stitching for therapy, please remember to vote in the midterms this November. It’s more important now than ever. All is not lost.
Most importantly, don’t despair! Or, if you find yourself in despair, take a step back, reset with some stitching, then get back up again. This image brightened my day. Feel free to save, print, and put it up where you’ll see it every day.
And lastly, this:
Did you know you can get support via text if you’re feeling overwhelmed?
This organization seems like they do pretty good work: Crisis Text Line.
Just text HELLO to 741741.
You are never alone.

Mr. Stevers!

Introducing Mr. Stevers! I first noticed him stitching a bunch of my pieces and posting them on Instagram, so I hired him to stitch several of the new designs for my last book (and you can bet I’ll hire him again!) He’s been stitching for more years than he cares to admit and recently took to designing—which is when I just knew we had to get his designs out there to you!

Mr. Stevers has a remarkable mustache, is an avid flea marketer and collector who loves to tinker in the kitchen. His Instagram feed (@mrstevers) is proof of his impeccable tastes, I’m always so jealous of his collections! He’ll be contributing some PDF patterns to our site from time to time, starting with these three. You can always find his latest work on the PDF page, but also by searching for “Stevers“!