You’re why I do what I do.
How Digital Artisanal went from screen to stitches.
I am so glad that everyone who uses my patterns knows they are getting a modern cross stitch project worthy of the homes they see on HGTV.
Before I created Digital Artisanal…
I wrote my own software to make occasional custom cross stitch projects for my friends.
Then one day something awesome happened. My husband, a furniture designer with a discerning eye, wanted to get into cross stitch too. And he wanted modern patterns that would look good on the walls of our home.
I was concerned that I would spend a lot of time refining my software for a project that he wouldn’t even finish.
I decided to share my pattern maker online for free and to use it as a foundational tool for my own line of patterns.
I set out to create the simplest modern cross stitch patterns for the most design-minded stitchers in the DIY world.
It turns out…
The road was more difficult than I imagined.
My husband and I moved to San Francisco, a notoriously expensive city, where paid gigs had to take priority over passion projects.
After a year in the Bay I was so burnt out that I had no time for coding or stitching, and it wasn’t long before we realized that the damp and moldy climate was making me really sick.
I decided to stop working because walking, typing and even thinking had become so difficult. My husband and I moved into a hotel while he packed up our belongings to ship back east.
As I began to recover, my energy became a precious resource. Each pattern and finished cross stitch project has been a victory. I was thrilled to release my first pattern collection the same week I hiked up the steep mountain trail behind our new house. I’m walking, typing and thinking again and I couldn’t be happier.