Archives for category: embroidery

Fabulous ideas for watercolor landscapes that can be easily translated onto fabric.

My twin sister sent me this book for my/our birthday-thank you Jenny!

Thanks to Ann Blockley for offering a wealth of ideas in how to create dramatic effects-practical and inspirational.

A great way to add spontaneous color to enhance your narrative embroideries.



Workshops from January -May 2022

Weaving Miniature Tapestry Portraits at

In this ongoing workshop, enjoy creating a miniature tapestry of yourself, a loved one or beloved pet!

We will weave on a small cardboard loom to explore and enjoy this relaxing and therapeutic art form. Warp and weft yarns are provided, and participants are encouraged to use their own yarns and threads in their tapestries.


Ilustrations of Haitian spirit flags from Spirits in Sequin: Vodou Flags of Haiti

This book was my inspiration for my valentine card from my previous blog entry.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the beautiful sequined and beaded flags of Haiti. The illustrations above are all spiritual flags of the Vodou religion with Haitian symbols of their Gods and beliefs.

However, there are artists who create sequin and beaded pieces that do not refer to the Haitian religion and these works of art are called art flags.

After reading Nancy’s book-my first trials experimenting with sequins

For those of you who would like to try creating art flags inspired by “Spirits in Sequins”- the Dollar store has some great selections of sequins in some beautiful colors. My first pieces were sewn on white cotton fabric, and now I sew on different colored felts and add embroidery stitches.

Detail of Mandala from the heart sutra

Hello, February 2022

My latest embroideries are inspired by the Haitian art flags of dazzling colors and shining sequins.

Harmony from the Heart Sutra

My first piece was a mandala from the heart sutra and that led naturally to the heart for Valentine’s Day

The weathered butterfly

I read somewhere that Wabi Sabi can be expressed as appreciating the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete in nature.

Wabi=the loneliness of nature and sabi= the weathering force of nature

I wanted some tears in the wings like you sometimes see in butterfly wings at the end of the Summer season to show the weathered force of nature. Then I stitched the tears together to hold it together, incomplete and imperfect.

Drawing inspiration from the beautiful embroidered work of Hillary Waters Fayle, we created our own embroidered botanical embroideries with magnolia leaves.

I love the connection with nature as well as the idea of impermanence.

Hillary says that some of her main stitches are running stitch, back stitch and couching.

two of my embroidered leaves

I tried all 3 stitches- and added seed stitch from our stitch embellishment class

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on May 13th!

Korean masters – 김윤선 색실누비 장인 /심현철기자

Beautiful Saeksil Nubi from Kim Yoon-Sun’s studio in Anguk-Dong from : Saeksil Nubi: colorful quilting. The Korean Times.

Korean masters – 김윤선 색실누비 장인 /심현철기자

One of the challenges of teaching textile techniques is finding new fiber and textile techniques to play with. Luckily, there is a whole world of beautiful and inspirational embroidered and quilted fabrics in the Folk Art tradition just waiting to be explored.

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

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.


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around the garden

art in fibers and fabric


art in fibers and fabric