Hirsch Wellness Network at 1-2.30pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021

This workshop was inspired by textile artist Gabriela Martinez Ortiz. She is a Mexican-based designer, and creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a textile art project based on hand embroidery.Her work is governed by the philosophy of the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that values processes, enjoyment and the calming art of slow-making.

Learn the relaxing and mindful art of embroidery.We will work with 3 simple stitches to create different surface patterns that can be used to embellish clothing, bookbags or decorate pillows

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey” Kenji Miyazawa

Working on the 13th tapestry piece gives me control over my life and creative expression.

“Art teaches us to express how we feel and so alchemize it. Art acknowledges that feelings are mutable and that we contain the power to mutate the dross of our wounds into the ore of art. In this sense, art gives us the ability to always move out of the victim position.

When bullying life demands of us some injustice:” You want to make something of it?”

The artful answer is yes .”

Walking in This World by Julia Cameron

Only 4 more tapestry pieces to go, then the task of making some kind of sense and harmony out of the collection of parts.

Or maybe not?

Can you have harmony with chaos? Harmony with discord?

Last weekend was spent relaxing and making embroidered Folk Art Christmas decorations for family and friends at the Chestnut Creek farmhouse. Outside was cold and rainy. Inside was snug and warm, surrounded by the gorgeous colors of felt and embroidery threads.

8 days left to Christmas! And working on my 19th decoration…Still have a few more to do before Christmas Eve.

Looking at Maria Prymachenko’s folk art drawings for design ideas for our Folk Art Embroidered Christmas Ornaments class

Maria’s fantastical beast with radiating circles for eyes
Elephant with stars

Stitch Inspiration from “Modern Folk Embroidery” by Nancy Nicholson

The Hirsch Wellness Network, Monday November 23, 2020

We had a relaxing and fun zoom class ( yes, it can be done!) yesterday. I demonstrated how to make a paper tissue bowl- adding decorative tissue paper from the dollar store. In some ways, this class was easier to teach with zoom, since everyone could let their balloons dry overnight at home without having to worry about having to transport the wet bowls from class- which we did last year.

10 pieces completed
Starting the 11th tapestry piece

Last year I wrote about creating small, intimate tapestries. My last tapestry at the Tapestry Weavers South Exhibit was 6″ x 61/2.”

My latest tapestries are 12″ x 12″ ( double the size!) Each tapestry is one part of a much larger tapestry that will be 4′ x 4′.

This is quite a shift in scale from my previous tapestries. So what happened?

It is a direct response to the events that are playing out in 2020. Personal health problems; a pandemic; political turmoil.

Yet I am working from the same impulse as my previous tapestries.

This impulse is one that is described in Jane Kidd’s talk from Tapestry 2008, “To Practice in the Middle: A Craft/Art dialogue”

I refer to her description of the ‘reparative gesture’ which she believe is particularly applicable to tapestry.

” The concept of the ‘reparative gesture’ derives from psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and has been used in contemporary art discourse art theorist Jean Randolph who writes:

” The reparative gesture is altruistic, generous and synthetic. It does not cast out what is impure or ruined. It reconstructs, reinterprets, and illuminates the potential of the impure subject, object, idea or form. The reparative impulse attempts an integration of grief for the lost ideal with the desire to make good for injury done. Reparative action is the endeavor to restore. Rather than hiding traces of damage, it integrates them with grief of the lost ideal and the remaining qualities of value.”

My tapestry is “in pieces” and I am working to bring the pieces together to make a complete whole. But the pieces do not “match” each other- there are no perfect seams or edges, and each piece has very different yarns and colors, stripes and textures. They are all slightly different sizes. My goal is to combine the pieces, accept the differences and present an image that is integrated, beautiful in itself as itself, and whole.

The tapestry image of the day lily will not match the perfect proportions or colors of the day lily that blooms so beautifully in nature. However, my tapestry day lily is not ephemeral.

On December 14, 2020

Join us for a Folk Art Embroidered Felt Decoration Class

With the Hirsh Wellness Network at 6-7.30pm

The fabulous colors and patterns of the Eastern European Folk Artist Maria Prymachenko, will be our inspiration for our embroidered felt Christmas decorations. We will using the running stitch and simple variations of the running stitch to decorate our felt decorations.

We will be inspired to create our own narrative, to embroider the elements of our own culture and lives. In the year 2020, how will that narrative be affected by our experience with covid?

All materials are provided. Please register to get materials kit and zoom link for December 14, 2020

It would be fair to say everyone has been challenged in 2020 with the corona virus pandemic.

My response to the waves of fear and feelings of helplessness has been to create something I believe is too difficult for me to do and I’m doing it anyway to prove myself wrong.

My latest tapestry is 4′ x  4′  daylily and since I don’t have a 4′ loom, I’m making 16 x 12″ tapestries.

It’s all about working within limitations, creating individual pieces that are successful in themselves and successful as pieces of a bigger composition too. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The first section of 4 x 12″ tapestry pieces

Oh yeah, it’s a much bigger scale than my previous 6″ x 8′ tapestries and in a coarser construction.

I’m now working on my second section of 4 x 12″ tapestry pieces.


Were we were going to get to the opening or not?

An unexpected visit to the emergency department and hospital, and a tapestry labeled for the wrong destination..things were not looking good

Yet it all came together, at the Foothills Arts Council in Elkin, on Sunday afternoon on September 1, 2019.

In a beautiful house with a circular wrap around porch, the Tapestry Weavers South had an impressive display of tapestries from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Leslie Fesperman helped to pull it all together, and it was a pleasure to meet with fellow tapestry weavers from Tapestry Weavers South. My husband, daughter and grandchildren were given a warm welcome and the company and the exhibit was delightful. Leslie showed me their studio spaces upstairs, where they offer classes in fiber arts to children and adults. What a fabulous resource for Elkin and the surrounding area.

I took photos of nearly everyone’s work but I missed a couple of pieces for which I apologize. I was distracted talking to everyone ( which was fun!) and never did get back to finish photographing all the tapestries. If anyone has images of the artists I missed, and you want to send them to me, I will be happy to show them on the blog.

The photos don’t do justice to colors and textures of the tapestries- the best way to see them is up close and personal.

Lily Layers on Mountain Island lake by Linda G. Weghorst. The yarns sparkle in this piece with incredible details

Sabilieres de Bretagne by Helene Crie Wiesner. Images from a French Breton church. A bold medieval style tapestry. Apologies to Helene for butchering her name


Breaking out of the grid by April Price. An intriguing tapestry which has 3-dimensional folds running accross the colors

Landscape 11 by Jennifer Sargent. A substantial, large tapestry which appears to be delicate

Fiddleheads Return by Tommye Scalin. Another lovely piece by Tommye where she uses subtle color shading to create the forms

Untitled by Jacqueline Mehring. Sitting beside Tommye’s tapestry and Nancy Duggers tapestry. Glad there was a space for me!


Almost 5 by Terri Bryson. There are a lot of deep rich colors in this small and fun tapestry

Dingle Cliff Walk by Laurie O’Neill. A lovely tiny tapestry, full of detail and atmosphere

Connection by Connie Lippert. Woven with natural dyes, I found myself returning to this tapestry many times.

Broken by Dorina Scalia. A very mysterious tapestry that needs some time to study it- I can see there might be many ways to interpret this piece

Fine Print by Michelle Elliott.This is woven with handspun newspaper- beautiful texture, appears like seeds. This is a tapestry that needs to be seen up close to appreciate

Out of the darkness by Nancy Dugger. Very rich dark colors with lots of texture, tension and emotion.

River Flow by Joan Griffin. A strong, bold design with dry and shining contrasting fibers

Losing it and Negative Positive by Rebecca Stevens. Both pieces are very delicate designs woven in linen- with a weathered/faded appearance

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky


Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

The History Of Florist

art in fibers and fabric


art in fibers and fabric