Alice and the Mad Hatter

It took me a few years at least to finish Alice. Now I realize it’s still not quite finished. I forgot the clouds in the background! I will stitch them in and update. The photo doesn’t quite do the colors fair justice. They are so soft and easy to look at. I have to give …

Picking up the thread again

Sometimes it just happens. You’re going along doing something, working on a project, creating something, following a routine, then you break it. Maybe it’s intentional, but lots of times, I find, I just slip away from something. Or it’s based on a thought, a judgment that is not really especially good. Like deciding I’m not …

Christmas Decorating

It’s not long now until the stockings are stuffed and cookies set out for Santa. It’s time for some decorating around here too. Things are different this year. I’ve been so busy this fall creating and writing. At some points I’ve been overwhelmed by all I’m trying to do. There is never enough time to …

Summer Stitch School 2019

Summer Stitch School returns! There will be 8 lessons for the next 8 weeks. I’m aiming for Mondays as lesson days. I’ll do my best not to drift to Tuesdays. Each will feature a different stitch. These will be new stitches that I haven’t written about in previous schools and tutorials or my embroidery books …

Painting and embroidery

Both are my great creative loves. I’ve had periods where I burn for one of them, and I’ve had long periods of rest from them too. These are often caused by some block, a limitation that creates a can’t-do mentality. I hope you aren’t afflicted by this, but if you are there is a way …

Turkey Knots

This is one of my go-to stitches for adding texture and dimensions. It’s even a favorite stitch, but I save it for certain types of areas. They do take a while to make. One tip I can offer is that I often put multiple strands on the needle so there is more thread on the …