Studio Changes and Foreign Travel

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Sewing studio before

In a spurt of energy I’ve rearranged my sewing studio. With only one sewing machine (my trusty BERNINA 750 QE), I realize I only need one sewing table.

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Sewing studio after.

So I’ve placed the odd table against the wall and freed up a bunch of floor space. (Floor space for visiting grandchildren to set up a train set.) It looks very neat but don’t be deceived. Soon it will be a mess and a small locomotive with a small conductor will take over the room.

germanmagazinecoverAnd while I stay home and rearrange my studio, my quilts have been traveling to other lands. One quilt on the move is Arm Chair Gardener featured on the cover of Quilt & Textilkunst Patchwork Professional, a German quilt magazine. My high school German is very rusty but the article about my work is nicely illustrated. What an honor to be included in this lovely magazine!

Embroidered Garden

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Today my students in Sisters, OR begin their embroidered gardens. They will design their own work beginning with a sketch. Then they’ll add free-form hand embroidery to hand dyed silk fabric fused to batting.  Stitchers are so inventive. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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Want to join them? The Embroidered Garden Tutorial shows you the steps my students will take to prepare their silk fabrics for stitching. Plus you’ll find directions on how to make this blue tree in a woodland garden. Have fun!

Visit this Fun Place!

studiodyetableThere is a really fun website you need to visit called Create Whimsy. Currently it has a post showing some of my work, an in depth interview, and  images of my studio. (I even cleaned up the dyeing space so you can get an idea of how neat I can be. Ha!)

Create Whimsy features other interviews with artists about how they create. It’s fascinating to see their work. Give it a look see. I know you’ll enjoy it!

 

Having Creative Friends

keiko1It’s always a delight to see what your creative friends are making. Here you see a sewing kit made by my friend, Keiko Goke. Keiko is an artist from Sendai, Japan who also teaches quilt making and designs fun fabric like this.

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Keiko and me

You can visit with Keiko at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival each January. She has a booth at this huge quilting event in the Tokyo Dome selling her printed cotton quilting fabric. You can even enter the quilt show! Check out their website for more info.

How to Build a Tiny Home

houseimprov2In today’s world there is a lot of talk about minimalism, cutting back, simplifying. So why not build a tiny home for your reduced lifestyle?

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Windy City #10 by Laura Wasilowski

In my Tiny Homes class we create little houses and place them in a cheerful neighborhood. There is no clutter or unused linen hanging around. Life is simple and sweet. I’ll be teaching Tiny Homes at the World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH in August. Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Tiny Homes Class. Please join me! 

Hands Across the Water

handoffortunesusanIt’s such a delight to see how people are using my book, Joyful Stitching. Here’s a great example of the Hand of Fortune project made by Susan. Susan is from the Big Island, Pele, in Hawaii. She writes, “Your book is fun. I’m a life long embroiderer, make lots of Hawaiian crafts, feather lei, lauhala weaving, other things too.”

Susan finds needlework very “grounding”. And I couldn’t agree more! Her interpretation of the project warms my heart. It makes me so happy to see embroidery work from around the world whether from big or small islands.

Thanks Susan for sharing your work with us!