While I experiment with many mediums I have found myself drawn in the most by needlework, fiber arts and textiles.
I have been a cross-stitch and needlework designer for the last decade. I stitch all of my own designs as well and am always looking for ways to work in old buttons, beads and various other trinkets I have collected throughout the years. When I package up patterns and include embellishments, rarely will you find two patterns with the same goodies inside. I find charm in all things old and repurposed.
I like simple and uncomplicated. Flawed is pretty to me. A cracked button or a tarnished charm can be perfect worked into a piece. I am currently working on a series of designs that will combine my love of needlework with vintage fabrics. (Something else that I collect along with the buttons and broken crayons!)
My 'Illustrator' side shines through most often in my designing with my goofy-faced, whimsical characters. I think I am known best for my snowmen but I am also influenced by my love of gardens, fantasy and fairy tales. This next year I intend to explore designs that are different from my usual 'cartoony' pieces so that I can satisfy all of my creative urges.
I want to create designs that encourage others to pick up a needle and exclaim, "I can do that!"
Artist's Statement: As long as you have breath, you have at hand all you need to create.
Location: Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Online shops: Hoffmandis (Wholesale Distributor)
C Manning Designs (My website)
Blog: Make Believe Places and Magical Spaces
Hoffman Distributing Company
Kreinik Manufacturing (TAFA member)
Languages spoken: English
Cross stitich patterns available from
Carolyn Manning Designs
Tags: cross stitch, needlework, designing, fibers, textiles, vintage, repurpose