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!

Random Videos & Thoughts

Have you seen this before? Amazing!! Another gem sent to me by my mother. All I kept thinking as I watched this was, “NOOOO! It’s too beautiful to cut into!” While at the same time fascinated and eagerly awaiting the next cake to see what was inside. Creativity knows no bounds. Then there’s this, which… Continue reading Random Videos & Thoughts

NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin

New York City has entered Phase 2 of its reopening. I wouldn’t know this since I rarely leave our home, except that I needed to find some small, strong magnets and so ventured out to our local hardware store. There, I saw first-hand what stores and their customers will experience in this new reality. Our… Continue reading NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin

New FaceBook Group, Label Makers, Community & Joy!

The big news around here is that I created a new FaceBook Group – Ariane Zurcher Stitching Circle. It is meant for any and all who love hand stitching or want to learn. More than anything it is a place to support one another, have fun, get inspiration, be creative, enjoy the company of like… Continue reading New FaceBook Group, Label Makers, Community & Joy!

A New Zippered Pouch PDF

With all my free time (insert eyeroll and a sigh here), I designed another zippered pouch! This time an abstract design – Playing with Shapes and it’s a little bigger than my Rhino Pouch. This one is 14″ x 12″. It is also fully lined, has a zipper and the wool front is perfect for… Continue reading A New Zippered Pouch PDF

Teaching at Gotham Quilts!

A month ago I taught a 2-hour stitching workshop exploring shapes and stitches at my quilt guild. It was a huge success, and lots of fun! I prepared squares of wool and precut circles in different sizes. More than 20 people attended and each person got to pick a wool square and some circles, which… Continue reading Teaching at Gotham Quilts!

The Undermining of “Craft”

“Crafts” have occupied a large part of my life. I was fifteen years old when I knitted my first sweater.  My mother taught me to knit when I was so young my fingers had trouble wrapping the yarn around them.  I didn’t realize it then, but being left-handed certainly must have made it more difficult… Continue reading The Undermining of “Craft”

Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

I am left-handed. While only about 10% of the population is left-handed, there are a great many who work in the arts. I don’t know that a greater percentage of artists are left handed than in the regular population, but I do know that we lefties have had to come up with a great many… Continue reading Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

Creating While Life Happens

I’ve been alive for over half a century and  have witnessed a great deal of beauty as well as tragedy, both personally and in the world.  However the current political climate is unlike anything I have ever experienced.  The take away from the past three months is that we Americans are as divided, if not… Continue reading Creating While Life Happens

Quilts!

Remember those “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books? This is my version of that… If you show a girl a quilt, she’s going to wonder how it’s made.  When she wonders how it’s made, she’s going to take a Block of the Month class to see how  it’s done.  Once she’s signed up for the class, she’s… Continue reading Quilts!