We are thrilled to have Trudy Egelstad from Nutmeg Hare join us on The Shabby today! We've been offering Trudy's designs since she introduced them, and we asked her to share a little about her background and inspiration for her line of patterns, Nutmeg Hare.
I am privileged to be a part of The Shabby! And thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing Nutmeg Hare patterns with all your readers and customers.
I think we who love being creative were born with “the bug.” I believe mine was inherited from my grandmother who loved handwork. I still treasure a European hand-stitched piece that she did in the 1930s prior to being married. In looking back, I cannot remember a time, even as a young girl, that color wasn't a part of my creative love. The BIGGEST box of Crayola crayons, the Prismacolor colored pencils in their own tin case (my souvenir purchase from a childhood trip to my parents’ hometown in Switzerland), the rainbow colors of yarn, felt squares, fabric remnants, and let me not forget my mom's great big button box—these all bring fond memories of things dear to me.
|Hand-stitched piece by Trudy's grandmother|
Needle and thread joined the list of “things dear to me” at a young age. My first "little girl" stitching project was a tea towel with an embroidered bird—what an accomplishment that was! And from that point on, my needle and thread would not sit idle.
Although my adult life has been busy with my own family of six children (ranging in ages from 7 to 22 years), I have always made time for stitching, and I began to ponder the idea of designing patterns. With a fondness for all things bunny, and remembering my childhood pet rabbit, I decided that my pattern design name would have something to do with hares. On my daily walk I would get lost in thoughts of possible names. Being a baker for all my kids, I was familiar with spices, and “Nutmeg” just sort of fit with the word “Hare.” Right? Or maybe not… Even though it doesn't make much sense, I liked the way it sounded—NUTMEG HARE it was!
Beginning with six simple stitchery designs in 2009, I set out to succeed. Although the stitchery patterns were fun for me, I still knew that I needed and wanted to add wool to the equation.
|Love is a Little Church|
|North Pole Workshop|
|Dress Me Up Frosty|
|Oh Christmas Tree and Winter in the Valley|
|Dear Mister Scarecrow and An Autumn Mood|
Thank you, Trudy, for taking the time to share your story with us!
You can shop Trudy's collection of patterns anytime at Shabby Fabrics. Just look under "Patterns & Books" in the "By Designer" section. We have a whole category exclusively for Nutmeg Hare!
|On a Snowy Winter Night|
When winter winds begin to blow, come feathered flakes of falling snow
Yule logs burn so warm and bright while families gather for the night
Amidst the joy and heartfelt love are blessings shared from God above
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