Archive for August, 2010

UPDATE! More info on the Stitched By Hand Competition.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I have been asked two questions by people interested in the Stitched by Hand Competition.  Here they are:

1.  If I am not a Flickr member and I don’t wish to be, how can I get my images to you?

      All you have to do is leave me  your email as a response to this blog post and I will email you.  That way you will get my personal email so you can send your photo’s, etc. to me.  Make sure to give me permission to post them at Flickr since most everyone will look there for all the entries.

2.  Can I use my own designs or other peoples patterns in combination with Badbird patterns?

  Yes,  I am interested in how you use my patterns to express yourself.

Flickr Group, Stitched by Hand, Online Competition.

Monday, August 16th, 2010

For the Love of Deer by Andrea Zuill

Quite a while ago I said that I would have another competiton. I seem to recall it had something to do with the song Bird House in Your Soul, by They Might Be Giants.

Well, I totally flaked. I’d like to say that the reason I didn’t carry out the competition was because I was helping orphans or something, but I was just lazy. So, I started thinking about a competition again but I decided to change the theme. I thought I would massage my ego a bit and make this competition based on any of my free patterns. I want to see how you can bring them to life and make them your own. (Please use a pattern that hasn’t already been posted on Flickr by you)

Here are the catagories:

Hand Embroidery :
All work should be done by hand and using only the technique of embroidery.

Hand stitched fabric / fiber and mix media:
Quilting, Applique, Embroidery, Punchwork, etc. As long as it is made with fabric or fibers and is handmade. NO sewing Machines.
(buttons, beading and charms are okay to use)

Machine Stitching and Quilting:
As long as it is made with fabric or fibers. You can use fusible materials, sewing machines, Long Arms and so on.
(buttons, beading and charms are okay to use)

Non Traditional Materials:
Must have some fabric but can include other materials (ie, metal, feathers, wire, plastic, and so on…) . Stitching, quilting and embroidery can be machine or hand stitched.

I will be the judge. Here is what I will be looking for:   Like I said before, I want to see how you make my patterns your own.

Prizes? Of course there are prizes!
I will try to post all entries on my blog, but the winners will be acknowledged as being the winners. And, each winner will win $40.00 worth of patterns from my store. Finally, each winner gets to choose one of my $20.00 or $18.00 prints from one of my two Etsy stores.

You don’t need to sign up. The entries will need to be in by Sept. 30, 2010. Just a little over a month. Just one entry per person. One catagory per person. When a piece is ready just post it this group, Stitched by Hand. Follow the directions below –

After loading your image, title the piece with the word COMPETITION , then the actual title.
SAMPLE: COMPETITION, Andrea is Awesome

Next, in the description area include which category your piece should be placed, which pattern and why you choose it, and tell us about the construction.

I will annouce the winners on October 2nd, 2010. If you remember the last time, there weren’t that many entries so the chance of winning is fairly high. Yet I know by saying this it might encourage more people to enter. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

For my free embroidery patterns go to my blog, , and over to the right and kind of in the middle you will find Categories. Under Categories you will find Free Patterns. Click on Free Patterns.

Seriously Pretending, art show at Boltox Gallery

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Dutch Girl by Andrea Zuill

     I thought I would let you know that I have a show up at Boltox Gallery in Shelter Island, NY.   The show will end August 30th.   For once my paintings are on the East coast, so if your  in the area stop by and take a peek.

August’s Free Pattern!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Snail, embroidery pattern by Andrea Zuill

 I bet you thought I forgot about this month’s free pattern.  Well I did, so leave me alone.  I was on vacation and stuff.

Bearded Lady, New Embroidery Pattern

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Bearded Lady, Embroidery Pattern by Andrea Zuill

New embroidery pattern!

You can find it at my Etsy store, Badbird’s

New Embroidery Pattern, Beaver

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Beaver, Embroidery pattern by Andrea Zuill

 New pattern in the Etsy store, Badbird’s.

The Indifferent Kitten.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Indifferent Kitten

I know this is not the best image, but I love this kitten.  My Daughter and I saw this poster while window shopping in Portland, OR.

Please click on the image so you can read all the copy.

Hold On!  I just found this poster on Amazon.  Here is a much better image.

The Indifferent Kitten

Bo Peep & Eric.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Bo Peep & Eric by Andrea Zuill

Bo Peep is a chick with a chip on her shoulder a mile wide.  Eric is as good a toady as any.  Together they can be a royal pain in the ass.

New Print.  Deal with it.