In the Spotlight: Belinda Karls-Nace

By AlisonManey, Wed, 2018-06-06 18:26

This feature originally appeared in issue 199 of The World of Cross Stitching

How did your love of stitching develop?

Like many needlecrafters, I was introduced to stitching at an early age by my grandmother. I vividly remember my first stamped cross stitch at the age of six. Growing up I was artistic, but it was after I left school that I started stitching again. I grew to love all kinds of stitching and went to as many classes as I could, soaking up as much knowledge as possible.

 

Tell us about the early days of Blue Ribbon Designs...

In 2003 I won some awards for my stitching, and I started to consider making it my career. Blue Ribbon Designs began life in early 2004, when I would design at evenings and weekends. Later that year, some redundancies at my office led me to make Blue Ribbon Designs my full-time career, and I never looked back!

 

 

What inspires your designs?

I really love antique needlework, so I like to combine concepts from historical samplers with contemporary styles and colours. For me, inspiration is everywhere. I keep a sketch book handy, so I can jot down ideas and sketch motifs and I'm always taking photos. Inspiration often strikes when I walk my dog, or work in the garden – I love nature. I also find inspiration in quilting. Having a creative outlet that isn’t part of my business is really relaxing!

 

Is it nice to work from home?

My office – a loft – is fabulous! It's where I do charting, computer work, marketing and shipping. I also have a storage room, lovingly referred to as the ‘warehouse’, so I don’t have to go out if the weather’s bad, and I can work in my pyjamas if I like! I have a ‘stitching nest’ in our living room where I stitch my models in the evenings. There’s a recliner and a craft lamp, so I can stitch near my husband when he’s home. I love being my own boss, but I have to be very self-disciplined. My success depends on my own hard work. I work harder at this then I ever did at my corporate job.

 

 

Any plans for the future? 

I have quite a few new designs coming up in 2013, including several seasonal and Christmas designs. I’ll also continue to travel and teach at needlework retreats, shops, and special events. I have lots of long-term goals too. It’d be amazing to write a book and it would be a dream come true to design my own quilting fabrics!

 

 

Find Belinda's designs at https://blueribbondesigns.com

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