Tutorial by a Guest Artist


Leaf on Wool by Suzanne

Do you know about my free Tutorials? I’m so happy that Suzanne tried the Leaf Stitch Along tutorial to make this delightful piece of art work. Don’t you love the thread colors she chose? They really pop on the dark background. Thanks for sharing your work, Suzanne!

leaf1aThe Leaf Stitch Along is just one of many you can try on wool, felt, or silk fabrics. This particular tutorial is a sort of sampler of stitches. Each partition in the leaf explores a different stitch combination. Change up the colors, fabrics, or stitches for your leaf. It’s all about enjoying the embroidery process and creating. Check out other free Tutorials here.

Wool Winner Announced


Free-Form embroidery on wool by Sarah.

Thank you all for leaving comments for the wool scraps give-away. It’s always fun to hear about you’re creative plans. We all have such active imaginations that must be nourished with art making! And speaking of creativity, isn’t this embroidery by one of my students beautiful? Thank you Sarah for sharing your artwork with us.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverI must admit, I owe my love of wool stitchery to my new book, Joyful Stitching. Writing the book taught me so much about the joy of free-form embroidery. (You can read a recent review of the book here.)

And now for the lucky winner of the package of wool scraps. I’ll be sending it out to: Jackie of Colorado.

Thank you all and keep on stitching!

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!

Fused Bloomers Guest Artist


Fantasy Flowers by Joan B.

My guest artist today is Joan B. I really enjoy seeing the finished projects for classes I teach. And Joan’s is especially appealing because of her innovated binding and hand stitching that enhances her original design. Joan started her artwork in my Fuse Your Bloomers workshop.
You can find more of her work on her Etsy shop – JBsCreativeQuilts ..  Here’s a link – www.etsy.com/shop/JBsCreativeQuilts. Joan also keeps busy with presentations to quilt guilds, teaching quilting classes, and creating custom quilts – especially t-shirt quilts – for clients.
Thank you, Joan, for sharing your artwork with us!

Yellow House in NZ and a Winner


Yellow House Landscape by Janet

I am delighted to show you this version of the Yellow House Landscape project from my book Joyful Stitching. It was stitched by Janet. Janet has written a series of posts about her process and the changes she made to suit her methods of stitching. You can read about it here on her blog, Embroidery Muse.


Cactus #1 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

For all you other radical stitchers out there, you’ll find a final chapter in Joyful Stitching called More Ideas for Free-Form Embroidery. Free-form embroidery is all about choosing stitches and stitch combinations to create original art work in an improvisational manner.


Embroidered Landscape #1 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

There are no patterns or directions for the eight improvised embroideries in this chapter. But I do discuss the importance of background fabrics, variations on a stitch, and creating the stitch motifs and patterns found in the free-form embroideries. The eight projects also demonstrate different ways hand embroidery can create texture, shapes, and line.


Embroidered Pear by Laura Wasilowski

Most importantly, the More Ideas for Free-Form Embroidery chapter is about inspiration. It’s purpose is to trigger your next embroidery design and inspire even more joyful stitching.



Winner Announced

And speaking of joyful stitching, the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching is Ellen L.

Congratulations! I’ll contact you soon.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

What You’re Up To and a Give-Away


Love at First Stitch by Elizabeth S.

Thank you so much for the positive feedback on my new book, Joyful Stitching. I’m so glad you are enjoying it. And now you are sending me images of your work inspired by the book. Wow!

Here you see a beautiful heart stitched by Elizabeth S. on cotton fabric. It was inspired by the Love at First Stitch project from the book. Elizabeth says this: I really like that you encourage people to do what they feel like doing. Your designs are fun and creative and you give enough instructions so that people who want to duplicate them exactly can do so, but you give permission to change things up, too.


Rare Songbird by Elizabeth

Elizabeth, you have hit the nail on the head. The whole point of the book is to give you a starting point, a method of working, and the tools to create even more stitch work. Above, you’ll recognize Elizabeth’s version of the Rare Songbird project. She made it as a gift for a coworker and says: I like my little spotted caterpillar. I had grass tufts like yours but with a little too much space between the rows so I filled the gaps with random stitches….. This was a fun project. I will probably make more fabric postcards, some with your designs and some just doing what I feel like using your stitches and ideas.

Thank you for sharing your work with us, Elizabeth!



And now the the Give-Away part!

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.