Wool Winner Announced

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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!

Give-Away and Wool Stitchery

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Stitching on wool by Paula.

Your needle and thread glide through wool fabric with a satisfying ease. Hand embroidery on wool makes for rich texture and pattern like Paula’s inventive design above. Her free-form flower, a sampler of colorful stitch combinations, has even attracted a honey bee!

NHworldquilt2Are you attracted to wool stitchery too?

Soon I’ll be teaching my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class at the World Quilt New England, in Manchester, NH. Students like Paula, will design their own artwork, transfer it to wool, and stitch with a selection of hand dyed threads.

I hope you can join me!

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Unable to visit with me in New Hampshire?

Then please leave a comment on today’s blog and you may be the lucky winner of a bag of small wool scraps plus a skein of  hand-dyed floss to start your  own wool project.

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.

keiko3Don’t you love how she embroidered around the fabric shapes to decorate the sewing kit?

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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.