An Embroidery Give-Away

One of the embroidery techniques used in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, is repetition of a stitch. Like the cross-stitches, straight stitches, and blanket stitches in the fields above, repeating a stitch builds pattern across the surface of fabric.

And I’m happy to report that Christen Brown, author of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary, agrees with me! Here’s a page from Christen’s new book. It shows how she uses my hand-dyed threads to make netted and laced stitches for patterning on fabric.


Her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, shows diagrams on how to make over 500 embroidery stitches. Detailed illustrations show colorful variations and suggest how you might use the stitches in your artwork.

Win Christen’s New Book!

Would you like to win an eBook version of Christen Brown’s Hand Embroidery Dictionary?

Leave a comment below and you may be the lucky winner.

The giveaway for the free eBook, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, will close on Saturday, Sept. 26 at midnight. Winner of the eBook prize will be notified by email within one week of the giveaway closing. 

Learn Stitches Step-by-Step

Ever have a quilt that is rather um…..blah? Why not add hand embroidery to it? Hand embroidery transforms your design. It will bring your quilt to life!

And that’s what I like about my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes. It allows me to show you step-by-step how to add hand embroidery to a quilt. I discuss thread colors and sizes, needles, and stitch choices as I complete a design.

Each embroidery stitch is demonstrated several times. And if you need more stitch instructions you can always refer to my Hand Embroidery Stitch Library.It comes free with the class.

A Blog Tour with Giveaways!

One more thing.

My friend, Christen Brown, is giving a blog tour of her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary. And an ebook is given away at each stop on the tour. (Look for my give-away on September 23.)

If you’d like a jump start on entering the give-away of this great book visit these blogs below.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing: https://www.ctpub.com 
Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery: https://joavery.co.uk
Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos: https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/   
Wednesday September 22: Alish Henderson: https://www.instagram.com/mrxstitch/
Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com
Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Fusing Rules and a Winner!

The Chicago School of Fusing Rowenta Sports Arena

Be Tacky!

One of the fusing rules I repeat often in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, is fuse tacking. What’s that, you ask?

Fuse tacking is adding just a small amount of heat from the iron for a short amount of time to fused fabrics together. Fusible web is a heat activated glue and too much heat for too long of a time burns the glue into the fabric. Over fused fabric becomes stiff, it’s difficult to stitch and may fall off the design.

So be tacky! Fuse tack your fabric shapes into place when designing your composition.

You can learn even more about creating art quilts by joining my online class on Creative Spark, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes.

And be sure to stay tuned for giveaways as I celebrate the opening of my new class. The winner of our first giveaway, this coveted T-shirt, is….. Liz K.

Congratulations Liz. Press on!