Have you discovered Ursula Michael yet? Her trendy word cloud-like designs are so much fun! We asked her how she came to develop the Wordplay collection. Well, she’s a word lover at heart She said, “One day I was inspired to play with words and began arranging them into a related shape. It was a fun challenge! Customers started sending me suggestions and loved to make them as gifts. The Wordplay collection continues to grow and the themes are endless!”
As stitching fan, Corrie Renshaw says, “She always amazes me with what she comes up with! The shape of the design is in the shape of the subject. The words of the subject are incorporated inside the shape of the subject. She is my favorite Designer!” Another stitcher relates that Urusula’s designs returned her to a love of stitching. “A finished [Ursula Michael sewing machine design] came in to be framed and I just loved it. I thought “I could do that” and that’s how I ended up in your store after not stitching for ten years.”
Ursula’s special magic comes from a lifetime of working with threads and fibers. Like many of us, she started sewing doll clothes with her grandmother. She also has a background in graphic design, so she can not only dream things up, but put them on paper and fabric as well. How lucky we are that Ursula has the ability to use these talents and skills to transmit her designs to us.
One thing about Ursula, she is always curious to try something new. It’s not just one limb of the fiber arts tree that her designs branch from. She says she started making quilts in the 70’s, began cross stitching in the 80’s, and got into machine embroidery in the last decade and a half. It’s no wonder that her style resonates across so many artistic fields.
Ursula tells us that she is always working on “a dozen different projects at a time.” She has published and sold thousands of cross stitch designs, needle work books, and kits. She is now building a library of designs for machine embroidery that portray the beauty and charm of her hand-stitched designs. Ursula particularly enjoys the speed of machine embroidery designs and their array of unique finishing techniques.
Featured in this article are stitchouts from her new Seasonal Word Play designs. And YES, these designs are stitched using an embroidery machine! Each design comes in the right stitch count for 5 different cross stitch sizes. Amazing! These designs have been very popular among hand stitchers and now machine embroiderers can give ‘m a stitch. Enjoy these charming designs that fit the seasons of the year, The Spring Umbrella, Summer Sail Boat, Autumn Wagon, and the Winter Snowman – Ursula Michael has got a word for it!