Exciting News & Questionable Humor

Exciting News! Both The ThreadGatherer and Global Artisans have put together thread kits for my latest design, The River Rocks Pouch. I’m so grateful to both, for all their hard work in putting these kits together. In addition, both have thrown in discounts to anyone purchasing the kits. Both kits are needed to complete this… Continue reading Exciting News & Questionable Humor

Today is World Embroidery Day!

It’s World Embroidery Day! Begun in Sweden just five years ago, this is a day to celebrate. In honor of this fabulous day, I am including some of my favorite stitchers. The first is the amazingly talented Junko Oki. And while you might not associate any of these artists with “embroidery” as embroidery is typically… Continue reading Today is World Embroidery Day!

Music, Dining & Design

All Along The Watchtower. Remember that song? Here you go. My new favorite YouTube Channel – Playing for Change presents musicians from around the world, bringing people together as only music and art can. One of my brothers, I’m fortunate enough to have three, asked me to send him photographs of the restaurants in NYC… Continue reading Music, Dining & Design

A New Design Unveiled!

But first I have to begin with this video sent to me by my friend John Kelly. He also sent this to my mother, just in case you were wondering, and for those of you asking why I’m not posting something from her, that’s why. You know I love you, Mom. Musicians from all over… Continue reading A New Design Unveiled!

Curiosity, Exploring & Options

Being curious has its downside, particularly in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping, but instead am listening to the air conditioner kick in while watching the ceiling fan make its rotations. Some random questions that entered my mind at around 3:30am: Where did the saying Curiosity Killed the Cat come from?… Continue reading Curiosity, Exploring & Options

Laughter, YouTube & A Handmade Needle Roll!

During these times of uncertainty I find I am rethinking my “I hate the opera” proclamations of the past, having been moved to tears listening to Maurizio Marchini serenading his fellow Florentines from his balcony during the lockdown. I cannot listen to this man without crying. And then there are those crazy goats… what’s going… Continue reading Laughter, YouTube & A Handmade Needle Roll!

Flower Flash, Sleeplessness & Amazing Photographs

I planned on talking about sleeplessness and that feeling of waiting for sleep to return at 3am only to find that hours have drifted by and not being sure whether you’ve actually been awake the whole time or staring at the ceiling in the early hours of a new day was a bad dream. I… Continue reading Flower Flash, Sleeplessness & Amazing Photographs

Exploring the Creative Process

Every morning my husband and I read something we find interesting and thought provoking, and then we discuss. It’s become a ritual of sorts and has been incredibly helpful, even transformative in many ways. Not least of which is that I so often am reminded of creativity and stitching, and how both are a process… Continue reading Exploring the Creative Process

Working Through Creative Blocks

The day before yesterday I came up with this wild looking circle as one of the circles I’m doing, loosely following Sue Spargo’s Toned-Down Circle Sampler 90-day project that she is doing on Instagram. Often I’ve been using a stitch or two that she’s using for that day as a prompt and then seeing what… Continue reading Working Through Creative Blocks

Inspiration is Everywhere

A number of people expressed interest in seeing the pieces I use to illustrate a particular stitch I’m demonstrating during my YouTube videos. As I’m showing how to do a stitch, the camera is focused on my stitching, and doesn’t pull back enough to see more than a few inches of the piece I’m working… Continue reading Inspiration is Everywhere