Melissa Grant came to my attention when she "friended" me on Facebook. I thought I would have a quick look at her designs and they stopped me dead in my tracks. I truly admire talent, and this is a big one. We are previewing her patterns here and if you enjoy them, we will add her new ones as she develops them. All of Melissa's patterns will be shipped. They are printed patterns.
Here is her bio. I love for you to learn about the people behind the designs!
I live in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia with my husband and two teenagers. In October, 2010, I began work on an exciting new range of needlework patterns under the name of “One Day In May, Creations by Melissa Grant”.
Looking back, I seem to remember various stages of life according to the kinds of “creating” that were taking place. My recollection of childhood is peppered with memories of Mum “fixing” my knitting or threading the sewing machine for me. Early teenage years were filled with the sculpting of little ornaments. A year spent living in Germany at the age of 15 was overflowing with cross-stitch, flower-pressing and learning about craft throughout history. These and other life experiences have combined and developed into a real love for needlework and an appreciation for its place in cultural tradition and in daily life.
In the early 1990’s, inspired by a love of sewing notions and a need to help support my young family, I pioneered a range of handcrafted, porcelain buttons, known as Giggle Buttons. I originally intended Giggle Buttons for use in children’s clothing. To my surprise they were quickly adopted by patchwork and stitching enthusiasts. A whole new world was suddenly opened up to me, with opportunities to exhibit at craft shows and to create for Australian magazines, Handmade and Homespun. It was a wonderful decade of adventure that grew to an unexpected level of enjoyment and success. I still continue to dabble in button design occasionally for the new owners of Giggle Buttons.
Using my hands, imagination and a little time to “create”, is something that I seem to be magnetically drawn to. Unintentionally, I find inspiration everywhere... and my insatiable need to play and create never lets up. I find that the most exciting part of craft and design is the ever-present opportunity to learn or try something new.
My new range of needlework patterns began with a waterlily design that has been floating around my head for the past 5 years. It was so wonderful to be able to share this creative idea with others in the form of a pattern, and a real thrill to know that others will be making their own waterlily needle-keeps for personal use, as a gift or as a keepsake. This little design has inspired my creative direction for One Day In May. I’ve become particularly interested in the challenge of adding dimension to needlework. My hope is to combine simple techniques and different styles, while achieving designs with both depth and texture. So far I’ve experimented with 3-dimensional fabric lilies and roses, dimensional appliqué birds, and gathered borders that add a lovely texture and seem to catch the shadow and light in a way that a flat border doesn’t. There is also a new design featuring 3-D fabric holly which will be available soon. Coming up with new ways to use fabric, felt and thread is such great, creative fun. “One Day In May” promises to be an exciting journey. I look forward to following my creative heart, and seeing where it leads me