Oct 20, 2014

Colorful Stitchery Winner...

Thanks so much to everyone who entered last week's giveaway.  We have a winner!  Laura R, I am e-mailing you now, and I'll be mailing your book soon...

Meanwhile, I am heading out to the studio soon to pack up the very last orders before the shop closes.  I'm getting married on Saturday!  

Oct 10, 2014

Colorful Stitchery: Review and Giveaway

For me, one of the most fun parts of being part of Creativebug is getting to watch all the teacher trailers.  I feel like I've gotten to know many of the teachers this way, and in the cases in which I've actually met some of these women in real life, it has felt easy- as if I already knew them.  Somehow the team of interviewers and cameramen really know how to capture stories and scenes that are true.   I loved filming mine.

I had a moment of longing and admiration when I watched  the Kristin Nicholas trailer.  Her cold, dark, New England Sheep farm gives way to a bright beautiful home, reminiscent of Charleston.  I love the layers and layers of color and pattern that seem to be on every wall, and seem to penetrate all her design projects in knit and embroidery.  Recently, Kristin reached out to me to ask if I'd like to review her newly re-published book Colorful Stitchery, and of course I said yes.  

The book, no less colorful than Kristin's house, is full of fun, bright projects.  Maybe it's because it is suddenly sweater weather here in New York, but my favorite is this one, that makes use of the grooves of corduroy, which I can't get enough of these days, and thanks to Kristin I can't wait to start stitching on!   Perhaps that new dress that I got yesterday will get a little stripe treatment.

Thanks to the nice people at Roost, I've got a copy for one of you, too!  Tell me what embroidery projects you've got on tap for the fall, and I'll pick one winner to receive a copy.  Entries will close next Wednesday, October 15th  Friday, October 17th, and I'll pick a winner shortly after that. Good luck!

Oct 7, 2014

Arrowmont Workshop Recap

I got back from teaching at Arrowmont a little over a week ago now.  It was my second time teaching there, and I had so much fun.  A few students that took my class at Penland last fall came back for more.  It's always fun to have familiar faces in the room- and to get to know everyone even more.  We had a great group- everyone (even people who had not embroidered before) dove right in with a spirit of experimentation.     

Thanks to everyone who came!  I'm so happy to have met you all, and to have gotten to see my old friends Vicki and Annabel again.   AND- I wanted to especially thank my students (and esp. Annabel for organizing it) for secretively making me a veil (shown below on the Gatlinburg strip) for my moonshine bachelorette night.  It made my day.  Ya'll are the sweetest.    

PS- I'm getting married! Soon!  On October 25th.  The store will close (for the first time ever!) on Monday, October 20th and will reopen on November 5th.  

Sep 29, 2014

Tidal Lace Winner!

Hello! I'm back from teaching at Arrowmont, with lots to share about that soon.  I'm just popping in today to share the winner of the Tidal Lace giveaway.   The randomly selected winner is #34, Arianna.  I'll be emailing you next, and your fabric will ship out just as soon as you send me your mailing address.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

Sep 21, 2014

Tidal Lace...

One of the best parts of my life is meeting interesting artists as I travel around teaching workshops.   Last year (or the year before?) I met Kim Andersson, when she took one of my workshops at A Verb for Keeping Warm.  This year, at the Makerie, there she was again.  We had so much fun sharing meals and catching up, and talking about our shared love of California.  

I was so happy for her when she told me she was nearing the finishing point of her first line of fabrics, and eagerly said yes when she asked me to design a project for the look book.  

Fast forward to July, when a stack of fabrics came in the mail for me to work with.   Her debut collection, Tidal Lace, is beautiful.  

It's partly inspired by the beautiful California coast that Kim lives on.  My favorite prints are the sea gems and tide pools, both of which are waiting, just waiting, to be embroidered.  Those sea gems seem to be loudly asking for wheels of blanket stitch, and the star fish seem obviously in need of french knot embellishments, which is just what I did.  

I wonder, what would you do?  Leave a comment telling me which is your favorite, and Windham Fabrics will choose one winner to receive an entire pack of fat quarters.   Lucky you!   The comments will stay open until next Monday, September 29th.

Sep 20, 2014

A little Tennessee SALE!

Welp, I'm off on the road again today.  I'm flying down to Tennessee to teach a week long workshop at Arrowmont.  

Can't wait to meet my students and spend a week making thick layered embroidered drawings.   I love teaching so much, and it's been awhile....

I'll be gone for a week, and since this sampler business sadly doesn't run itself while I'm gone, I thought I'd pass a little discount on to everyone while I'm gone in appreciation of your patience.  The shop will stay OPEN but the orders will be a little delayed.  Please take 20% off from September 21-29 with the code TENNESSEE.   This includes everything.  If you've been thinking of subscribing or gifting subscriptions for the holidays, this sure would be an excellent time to do it.

*Please be sure to enter the coupon code while you're checking out.  I cannot offer retroactive discounts.  Thanks. :)

Sep 17, 2014

Newest Colorburst Embroidery: September...

A few months ago, Weeks Dye Works sent some threads to me to experiment with*   After much admiring, I finally got to work with them this month for the latest Colorburst Sampler:  **Rows of Rainbows**.  

I first used their hand dyed quilting thread in my BERNINA to cover some of the thin lines (see above pictures) and then used their size 8 hand dyed perle cotton for the rest of the stitches (running stitch, couching, and a little back stitch).  The pink yarn couched down around the border is a rogue knitting wool from my editor, Melanie.   

I'm so curious to see if any of you will use your machines on this sampler or others. The straight stitch makes such a beautiful line! My machine also does a sort of double straight stitch which (surprise!) is twice as thick and twice as nice.   You may want to slow your machine's speed down a bit (easy peasy on the BERNINA) when sewing on something so specific.  It helped me quite a bit.  I also recommend a stiff embroidery stabilizer on the backside to keep your fabric from bunching up.  I get mine here.   Try a little sample fabric first to get your speed and stitch length adjusted to your liking.  

These shipped out yesterday (so did the Stitch of the Month *Cross Stitch* Samplers), complete with Circus and Harvey Milk stamps.  The USPS stamp designers are really making me happy these days.  Can't wait to see what else is in store!

*this is all in an effort to select threads to send to YOU, dear subscribers.  Soon, soon.  

Aug 29, 2014

Destashing / Studio Clean Out Sale!

I'm moving into a new studio in a few weeks.  It happens to be right next to where I am now, and I've been spending some time in what is now my neighbor Ted's space with my measuring tapes and quizzical looks, trying to visualize how my stuff will look and where everything will go.   I've also been staring down my own stash of art supplies, and yesterday in a mad fit of organization, I sorted a bunch out and set about figuring out how to get rid of it.

I can't just throw it to the curb, this is stuff I've collected over many years.  At the same time, I have A LOT of stuff, and I am wishing for more space than stuff these days.  So- I've listed some of my collections in the shop.  Here's a sneak peek.  

More to come soon!

Aug 26, 2014

Exhibition at Western Carolina University

You may have heard via facebook of word or mouth about this exhibition- a solo exhibition of my artwork at Western Carolina University.  I was unable to be there for the opening.  If any of you make it to see the show, please send a photo or two my way!

Aug 13, 2014

Colorbursts and Satin Stitches- Packed and Ready!

Your subscriptions (almost two hundred!)  packed up and ready to go!  
Colorburst Seeds in Progress
My version, stitched with Dyed Fiber threads
My Mom's version, stitched with DMC floss.   

Flower thread for everyone!

Hello there!  Long time no talk! If you are following me on instagram, you know that I was in California for a week or two at the end of July, teaching at A Verb for Keeping Warm, and kicking around the bay area with my good friends.   I paid a visit to Creativebug, ate at my favorite restaurant, and shivered because I failed to pack properly and once again did not anticipate the coldness that is San Francisco in August.  Whoops.

Since I got back I've been slowly chipping away at packing up this month's orders.  It's a great month!  Both Colorburst and Stitch of the Month subscribers get a free skein of Flower Thread, as well as a color chart and a free cross stitch pattern from the same company.  Have you stitched with this stuff before?  It is an un-mercerized cotton that makes a beautiful thin line on your fabric.  I think you're really going to like it.  

Believe it or not I am headed back to California tomorrow for a wedding, so orders are shipping out TODAY! A little earlier than usual.  Enjoy!