Meet Shannon Wasilieff, WOXS's newest designer

By Fiona-worldofxs, Wed, 2014-04-09 09:07


Tell us a bit about your design background…

My family have always encouraged my creative ability, which included many different types of arts and crafts while growing up, here in Canada. All throughout school I was involved in many art classes and dabbled in different mediums.


We know you like stitching as well as designing… How long have you been cross stitching?

I learnt to cross stitch when I was seven. I made a ladybug and that was my first-and-only finish up until three years ago, when I picked up 'Emerald Mermaid' by Mirabilia.


What made you start designing patterns and selling them?

Originally I was selling handmade jewellery on my Etsy site, but it wasn’t doing as well as I’d hoped, so I started designing patterns to sell instead.


Your designs have a fresh detailed style. What are your influences and inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from what I find around me. If I see something that sparks an idea I either take note or snap a picture of it. When I look at the photos they inspire new ideas.


Tell us about the process of creating your designs…

I do all of my designing on the computer with a stitch program, except for the occasional rough sketch for bigger projects to give me an idea of proportions. The first stage is thinking of an idea and planning it out. Then I transfer the idea into my program, just in backstitch outlines. Once that’s done I start filling in areas with colour blocks and go back to do the shading. The design is constantly changing until I am happy with it.


How long does it take to come up with and refine a design like our 'Springtime Street'?

The whole process can take about a week or two. However, 'Springtime Street' only took a day and a half to get the idea on the computer, but I thought about it for a week before.


What’s the best thing about working as a stitch pattern designer? And the worst?

The best is that I can design anything I want! The worst is that I have so many ideas that it is hard sometimes to concentrate on just one.


Do you think that there’s a difference in cross stitch styles either side of the Atlantic?  There is a difference. I find English magazines tend to lean more towards the softer colours, and a light and airy look with a nice mixture of subjects.


Do you have any favourite cross stitch designers whose work you admire?

I admire a lot of cross stitch designers but the two designers I find I am stitching the most of are Joan Elliott and Nora Corbett. Their patterns are what lured me back into cross stitching a few years ago and I’ve finished some of their designs.



Find the chart of 'Spring Street' in issue 215 of The World of Cross Stitching

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