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.