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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 …

Sheep in the Garden Embroidery

I finished something this week. Finally! I’ve been so busy taking care of sites and writing and getting things organized that I haven’t had a lot of time to work on new projects. I’m super happy to have finished this one. I thought a black sheep was missing from my little family of sheep. All …

Sheep in Embroidery

Sheep have turned out to be one of my favorite embroidery themes. I just like their fluffy wooly shapes. They must represent some kind of calmness for me. I really like seeing them in the countryside too. I’ve collected some of my favorite representations. I have three favorite stitches to use for filling them. This …