Welcome Guest Blogger and Designer, Phyllis Dobbs.
Phyllis Dobbs began her creative career 20 years ago designing in the needlework and crafts industry. Phyllis’ designs reflect a sense of whimsy and she is driven by her passion for color. Phyllis has created over 1500 designs that have been published in books for cross-stitch and quilt designs.
For the past two or three years, a big trend has been “retro” with various decades being a hot trend influence. When I see remembrances of these decades in fashion or home décor, I also recall the crafts that I was doing when I was wearing the original versions of these fashions. (Yes, even bell-bottoms!)
I started crafting at an early age and learned cross stitch, sewing and quilting from my mother and aunt. Although needlework has remained my “craft specialty” and the medium that I have devoted most of my designing career to, I have tried and loved them all.
Because of my great love of crafts, I started designing. My career started in the 80’s during the height of another craft dynasty – counted cross stitch. At that time, there was a cross stitch shop on nearly every corner. I jumped in with both feet and self published cross stitch books and leaflets. I was successful and enjoyed my new career.
When cross stitch began losing its popularity, I also began designing quilt patterns and started a freelance design career. Giving up self-publishing, I designed for other publishers for magazines and books. I continued trying new craft mediums and created designs using these mediums. I designed with beads, creating jewelry, tassels and adding them to cross stitch and quilting. I loved ribbon embroidery and authored several ribbon embroidery books. In hard crafts, I loved to design mosaics.
For the past 8 years, I have been painting. I have translated my painting into product design through art licensing. With my love of quilting and fabrics, I have been thrilled to have my art licensed for fabrics with Quilting Treasures. My newest fabric collection, It’s a Dog’s Life is debuting next week at the International Quilt Market. Throughout all my years of crafting, my style has evolved into whimsy combined with brilliant color. My career as a designer started with seeds – all those seeds of being taught by my mother and aunt, and then from all those various crafts I loved over the years. If you love something, it can take you on a path you never anticipated.
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