Friday, November 13, 2015


Can you believe it??
Class time is just around the corner!
Pictured below is 
the first of my nine smalls 
being featured at
in Orlando, Florida
Class time is December 12!
follow up is January 9
We'll plunge in to learning 
padded leather applique, couching, cut turkey work, 
bullions, and playing with silk wrapped pearl purl!
Most importantly
we'll have a blast!
If you're in the area
or able to zip on down
for some warm Florida breezes,
we'd love to have you join us!
"Yes, I'm Special"
is the next design to be featured from, 
as I'm fondly calling them...
'the nine'
This oh so modestly handsome birds class
will begin on February 13th,
with the follow up on March 12th.

Can't wait to show you peeks as to
how I'll stitch the feather eyes!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dragon weave ...
 'My Castle, My Dragon'©
Wish you could see how the sun 
was making this guy sparkle.
I've incorporated some needle weaving 
for his neck flare.
Proof that embroidery/stump work 
techniques can be adapted
for just about anything!
I've used Kreinik Braid here and it 
catches the light beautifully!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

another adventure!
Preliminary tracings of magic ...
All that magic in one tube ...
winging our way North to the New England states.
First stop,
my cousin and his partners beautiful home.
The property is landscaped to the nines!
My gracious cousin Jeff & Moi
touring a few wineries on
a gorgeous Fall day.
Mineral Hills Winery
Through the wonder of the internet I met
'one of my tribe'
A woman with the same passion for color that I have.
She saw my Magic Carpet I painted in my studio 
and asked if I'd paint it for her in her beautiful home.
I'm honored that a piece of my art is now a part of her collection.

Big finish for me!
Actually, huge, four by seven feet!
There was a time when no wall went untouched in my home.
A mural such as this, I'd never attempted before.
I LOVE the Fall color in this Ornamental Cabbage,
A feast for the eyes during a paint break.
Next stop in my adventure ...
time with my two favorite girls!
My wonderful son in law is now teaching
for the next two to three years at West Point.
Recently promoted to Major too!
We're all very proud.
Of course, I have to have a basketweave travel piece going.
More on this later.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pink Skies...
He's looking much happier.
I may change the sky a bit to the left of him ...
counting that out in those tiny spaces might
send me over the edge!
More on that later. [the counting bit, not going over the edge bit]
Sky stitch is compliments of Sheena's Sweet Stitching.
Now to figure out the sun rays....
For my next act.
My sweet Mom gathered these for me from the
banks of the Susquehanna River in PA.
We lived on a mountain top over looking
this river for many years.
I have a succulent garden growing in my
imagination. These rocks are going to grace that garden bed.
I'm planning to paint them with colorful [of course] designs.
"A Different Tassel"©
This is a charted design of mine from a
few years back. 
It's now making a reappearance at 
The Black Sheep
I'll be teaching this one day project
November 14th.
Join us for a fun easy day of stitching!
Click the link above & call the shop for details.
I just LOVE this!
It seems to bloom endlessly.
I'll step out with Chance in the a.m. for his walk
POW, color!
This obviously makes this one very happy!
My brain is concocting a new piece involving these
wonderful poofs of fuchsia and those great seed pods.
It also attracts lovely honey bees ... which will have to be
included with in the piece.
Oh for more time....

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1!!

Seems like yesterday we were still in August! 
Where did September go??
These beautifully fall colored Echinacea
greeted us as we entered our local museum
Sunday afternoon.
I love these flowers in all colors! Mostly I've seen them
in the deep fuchsia I love so much.
I was going to be totally selfish with this piece,
keep it just for moi.
A piece was needed to demonstrate finishing
for my ongoing classes in Orlando at
The Black Sheep
So I pulled colors I love and the magic happened.
Ruth said NO, you have to share.
So, I am going to use this one as a teaching piece.
I have several places to submit to for classes, 
nice to have something ready.
His spikes are growing and soon to sparkle!
I decided on Raised Stem, I'd totally
forgotten about this gem of a stitch!
Look at that dimension!
I found a wonderful stitch for the sky to try out from 
Sheena's Sweet Stitches!
Amazing where we all find inspiration!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Designs!!

The Dallas Cash N Carry 
is this weekend!
It's always exciting to see
my pieces of art 
on their way to new homes!
'Little Lamb'©
I love this one, the colors are just too fun!
'The Swan'©
thinking of  the S.W.A.N.'s
back in Austin!
I find it amusing that I moved to a 
small town that is known for their Swans!
We have a lake full of them here!
'Little Dancer'©
Perfect for pairing with Emma's Little Bird.

There are several new belt designs up on the site as well, 
Go check out all, remember I'm distributed through
Ruth Schmuff Designs

Sunday, September 20, 2015

roaring back...

Harrumph is back and very happy 
to be getting the attention he deserves.

A wise woman told me I shouldn't design pieces with faces 
if I don't like getting stared at grumpily from across the room.
So we're both happy now. 
There is just something about dragons that captivate.
Truly, it doesn't take much to make me happy.
These arrived in the mailbox yesterday,
tore into the bag like a kid with a new toy!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rainy days ...
There are advantages to being a designer ...
I had to have a biscornu to demo finishing on for my class at
The Black Sheep.
Couldn't bring myself to restitch one,
so I painted a different version of one in colors I love.
Now to get it stitched up quickly.
I also decided to paint up
a bunch of dog collars in
different colorways, Fun!
Would you believe the gray/orange
to be my favorite so far??

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sweet Saturday!

Super sweet shop, super sweet students!
Fabulous day teaching!
They were pretty excited to dive into a new project!
Must have been a technical question,
as I look pretty serious.
I think they all have an idea how my brain works on
canvas at this point.
We made a huge amount of progress on my
Paisley Biscornu
© design!
Woven Squares, Couching, String Art, French Knots and ...
some crazy cut Turkey Work with plied silk!
We meet again in one month to 'finish' this little gem.
Yay! His collars were back from the finisher.
He has no idea how cute he is!
Fini! and next in the class line up for
The Black Sheep
[see details on their website]
I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this design, 
it's just fun & happy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

to the dogs...

It's National Dog Day!
Granddog General gets top billing ... well,
sort of.  Her amazing cuteness at the other end of the
leash tops him by a long stretch. She did such a great
job walking him, even while she was swinging she kept 
hold of his leash.
Hat - check, water bottle - check,
cute flip flops - check, leash - check
major attitude - double check!
Swings with her best bud!
What a good ole boy he is.
Of course, have to include Chance on this special day.
He's my constant!
His new collars are ready from the finisher,
can't wait to see them.
I've posted my progress on this new little bit.
Here you see silk wrapped pearl purl
below the gold leather.
From Access Commodities
Above, the stamens are worked with
Gimp! I love Gimp!
From Tentakulum.
Both are couched onto the surface,
both easily add so much
dimension and texture.
I've packed a lot of technique into this 5" square design.
I couldn't leave the ends of the stamens just plain ...
so ... of course, I filled them with cut Turkey Work!
This is the first of a series of nine designs that I'm 
creating to help push stitchers out of their comfort zone.
They're small treasures packed full of fun!
Operative word here is small,
not overwhelming.

Offered as workshops through 
The Black Sheep
in Orlando, Florida

Each piece will be offered over a two month span. 
'Movement'© will begin the second Saturday of
October and finish the second Saturday of November.
Watch for more details.