Where I’m Teaching This Year

I Can’t Give Up My Teaching Ways!

For the past year, the best way to teach my students was online with Creative Spark classes. But happily, I have one last live gig to attend in person. It’s my favorite teaching venue- Quilters’ Affair in Sister, Oregon.

Quilter’s Affair takes place July 4 through July 9 this year. It’s an opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of teachers. On Saturday, after a week of invigorating classes, the largest outdoor quilt show takes place. Join us and feast your eyes on quilts displayed around the charming town of Sisters.

Tiny Homes #3 by Laura Wasilowski

I’ll be teaching four classes: Libby’s Leaves, Free-Form Embroidery on Wool and Felt, Put a Bird on It, and my favorite Tiny Homes. I hope you will join me for this event. Family obligations have kept me from traveling to teach for a few years, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to be with you at Quilters’ Affair.

Rethinking Embroidery Finished!

How do you rethink or reinvent an embroidery project? Here you see the finished Yellow House Landscape project (top) from Joyful Stitching and a step-out (bottom) from the book. For the past month, I’ve used this step-out as my canvas to reimagine the Yellow House project. And I like the results!

My one regret when making the original Yellow House embroidery was the sky. It looks unfinished to me. So in this remake of the design, I’ve stitched the sky with curves of running stitches.

The Nasturtium size 12 thread used in the sky contains colors analogous to the silk fabric. Thread colors blend in and out with the fabric colors lending texture and movement. Maybe I’ll go back and add this same stitching to the original Yellow House.

My final step in making this iteration of the Yellow House is stitching it to a background fabric. I like this pea-green batik. It repeats the greens in the vegetation and lends the design a fresh, springy feel.

This has been a fun distraction for me this past month. And you may find redoing something entertaining too. So why not reconsider an old embroidery and develop a new piece of artwork today?

Rethinking Embroidery #6

The holidays have shrunk my stitch time and expanded my waistline.

But now I’m back to work rethinking this step-out from the Yellow House¬†project in¬†Joyful Stitching.

As I waddle over to my chair (cookie in hand) to stitch, I long for the sights and smells of my summer garden.

And suddenly, a basket of flowers appears on the shore to cheer me up!

The flower basket is stitched with size 8 Sunflowers and Sunrise threads using tight rows of chain stitches and stem stitches. And the joyfully variegated Asters thread creates dozens of lazy daisy petals around a simple French knot to make the flowers.

Original Yellow House Design by Laura Wasilowski from Joyful Stitching

You’ll note that the basket has replaced the boat in my re-make of the Yellow House from Joyful Stitching. It’s my theory that 3 elements make a pleasing design. So along with the house and tree, the basket draws the viewer’s eye around the piece.

Soon I’ll reveal the final version of my new Yellow House design. But first, another cookie!