Wish Upon a Card

songbird2detail1Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilter’s Affair. One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card

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Songbird #2 by Laura Wasilowski

My donation this year, Songbird #2, measures about 4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverSongbird #2 began its life as a step-out. It was made to show  a certain stage in the making of the songbird project in my book, Joyful Stitching. He is a distant cousin of the original songbird found on the cover and evolved into a bird more interested in flowers than bugs. Hope to see you in Sisters!

Winner of Beaded Embroidery Book

beadbookcoverToday I’m happy to announce the winner of the Beaded Embroidery Stitching book by Christen Brown. The winner of the ebook give away is Cindy P. Congratulations!

I know you and others will love this book. And for those of you who didn’t win the book you still have a chance. Check out these upcoming blog posts about Christen’s great book:

Or, if you want to read more about her book even though the winners have been chosen visit these sites:

 

Win This Great Book on Beaded Embroidery

beadbookcoverWould you like to win a great book on beaded embroidery? Today I’m giving away a book called Beaded Embroidery Stitching by Christen Brown. Just leave a comment below and you may win a free ebook version of her book.

I’ve never added beads to my embroidery work. Why you ask? Because if I get started, I may never stop! Those shinny glossy bits of glass are so tempting and I’m afraid I’ll soon become addicted. But if there is anything that would lead me into bead temptation it is Christen’s colorful book on beaded embroidery.

She gives you terrific instructions on how to make basic embroidery stitches like the Lazy Daisy with beads. Pages are devoted to making flowers with stitch combinations, beaded edges, and the peyote stitch. But wait, there’s more!

beadbookpageEight projects are included with the book so you can put all that great bead knowledge Christen has given you to work. Create beaded broaches, bracelets, sewing caddies, and more. They are all beautiful and full of color and light.

Christen has put together an informative book on beading that even a novice like me can understand. If you’d like a free ebook version of Beaded Embroidery Stitching , please leave a comment below. A random number will be chosen tomorrow. If you win, I’ll request your email address and send a link for the ebook. Good luck!

More posts on the Beaded Embroidery Stitching blog tour are listed below. Note the dates. If you don’t win today you may have a chance to win on the following days or read the previous posts to learn more about the book.

Roots and Wings

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Natural Gardening (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Sometimes a good person gives you an opportunity that changes your life. That’s what happened to me over 25 years ago. The director of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Denise,encouraged me to teach a class there. This was my first teaching job ever and started my career as a textile instructor.

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Natural Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

The Fine Line supports so many artisans. They provide a great selection of classes, inspiring art exhibits, and an atmosphere of welcome and encouragement. That’s why I’m proud to be part of the FL@40 Roots & Wings exhibit April 5 – May 11 in St. Charles IL.

My embroidery, Natural Gardening, will be on display with other works of art by past and present Fine Line faculty members. Please visit us!

Free Cat Patterns at the Quilt Show!

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I would love to see you this weekend, March 28 – 30 at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago.

You’ll find Frieda Anderson and me in booth, #1224. Look for Artfabrik/Friestyle.
 
We’ll have our hand-dyed fabrics and threads, patterns, and quilts on display.
 
 
But wait! There’s more!
catandfoodI’d also like to give you a free cat pattern when you stop in at our booth. No cat hair included. And no need to buy anything either. Just stop in for your free, non-shedding cat pattern.

Surprise Yourself with a Great Quilt Design

blueladderdetailaOne of my classes you’re sure to enjoy is called Creating Graphic Imagery. I’m teaching it at the Quiltfest in Lancaster PA this May. Trust me, you’ll be surprised and delighted by the design you make in this class.

redwheelbarrowdetailFirst, you make your own design and pattern so it’s really your original art work. Then, working on black fabric with fused fabrics, you fuse the pattern shapes into place. By leaving just a bit of black fabric showing between shapes, you end up with a woodcut-like graphic design.

I’ve seen some really great art work come out of this class. I hope you can join me.

lancaster2019Click here to sign up this and other great classes at Quiltfest Lancaster.