Monday, April 8, 2019


Teaching is an awesome opportunity for me.
I get to meet many stitchers from all over
the country.
Most often we end up teaching each
other a thing or two. 
Even more

Below is a listing of upcoming opportunities ;-)
First up....
I'm teaching this for 
Chandail Needlework
in Houston, Texas

November 16 - 17, 2019
[click on shop name for details]
Starting 2020!
In January I'll be in Montgomery, Alabama at

Canvas 'a needlepoint adventure'

"My Passion"
January 17 - 18 - 19, 2020

...choices, also being offered is
"Crop Circles"
[shown below]
Also being offered through
Canvas 'a needlepoint adventure'

'Crop Circles'

January 20 - 21 - 22, 2020

[this one is a work in progress, I'm posting updates regularly]
In February of 2020
I hope to be on the faculty once more for
Blue Bonnet Studios
in Houston, Texas.


February 15 - 16, 2020
'Caps 'N Curls'

Blue Bonnet Studios

February 17 - 18, 2020

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Events ....

This coming week finds me winging my way back to
Wow ....
I truly can't believe it's been over six years since
I moved from Austin to Florida.

Friend Corliss kept putting the bug in my ear to
submit teaching pieces to 

I finally did and well, 
here I happily go!

Below are the two pieces being taught this year.
Yes, I've submitted for next year and two more pieces
were accepted.  When general sign up is open, I will
definitely post the choices here and on my Facebook pages.
"Yes, I'm Special"
hand painted needlepoint design and guide by
a Kimberly design
Soooo, special ....
Close up of needle weaving for those
glorious eyed feathers.
"Tree of Life"
hand painted needlepoint design and guide by
a Kimberly design
Cutest mushrooms ever!
Beading and ribbon work of all sorts.
.... there are almost always bullions ;-)

Monday, January 21, 2019

...sharing techniques

My technique for a beaded edge to finish off your beautiful needlepoint.

This is a technique I developed years ago when I did all
charted work and wearable art pins.
The edge of beads provides the perfect folding line.
Use size 11 beads with matching beading thread.
[tip...I always beeswax my beading thread and
I use a short John James ball point size 10 beading needle.]

Follow Step One and Step Two as charted.

Next, trim away excess canvas, leaving about
an inch plus all the away around as in first photo.
Now miter corners and fold in sides.
I lightly press with a warm iron. This does not
require you to mash with the iron, there is 
enough sizing in your canvas that lightly
pressing will hold it in place.

Insert a piece of felt under the folded edges.
This adds some extra depth to the piece and
it hides the folded edges from being seen
through any openness in your work.

 I mount all on covered acid free foam core, 
cut about 1/4" smaller than beaded edge piece.
The center picture above shows the felt
being attached.  I use white glue for this, let 
it dry completely.  The last step is to attach the 
stitched piece to the board. This is accomplished
with clear or white nylon thread. This enables
you to sew through the edges of your piece without
the stitches showing. Sew through piece and just the edge
of the foam covered board.  
Now you can hand this all to your framer to mount 
on a backing board [I use the same white glue for this.]
I came up with this so that there is no glue on my 
needlework! My pieces float beautifully in 
the shadow boxes I use for framing.


Monday, December 3, 2018


My very first Christmas card arrived today!
... with a note.
"No posts since September ...!?!"

Oh my ... posting is truly hard for me when
I can not share what I'm painting and stitching 
with all of you.  

I do post often on Instagram, love the ease
of posting photos of the everyday happenings
in my life on that platform.

I've heard from a few of you that have 
wondered where I've been, here is a re-cap 
since September.
Gorgeous late summer night here in Florida.
The perfect little model.
I truly wasn't positive I could
still sew like this!
The next little artist in the family,
chalk is his present
medium of choice.
Ginger plants that were just the color
I needed one day.
Yes ... they'll probably end up
in a design at some point.
A morning with my brother and sis in law.
Mimosas, Music by Munn Park Saints,
and ART!
Of course ...

I'm active in a group called
'4 Squared Makers'
ANYONE, can join in ... you purchase
'4' -  4" square wood blocks from our creative leader.
You'll be given a theme for the next pop up show,
then you get creating in any medium.
The above is colored pencil by me on smooth stock,
mounted on the wood block.
I offer optional framing to whomever buys my pieces.
For more information you can find us on
FaceBook or email
ART, lots of art.
I have Giclee reproductions available for many
of my original art. 
Then there are the play pieces I've
stitched up here and there that
were never intended for reproduction. 
These are all available for purchase.
You can contact me if any strike your fancy
via email at
Gecko and Dragonfly art blocks.
Love a flower show ....
I can needlepoint anything!
I was gifted this super super fine mesh
copper last summer.
It looks like soft fabric until
you catch your finger on it!
But oh! the results!
This one was snatched up by
my long time friend and
fellow stitcher/designer Michael Boren.
'Colors of Autumn'
ArtCraft Festival in St Pete and
Palace Pizza in Lakeland.
Wonderful day of beautiful weather,
great friendship,
amazing art and pizza
[gluten free] in
my favorite Lakeland spot.
My kind of selfie ...
the bird was an after thought.
Karen Hennessy of Zecca loves
to paint crazy birds and posts
many pictures of the real thing
 that speak to moi.
 I love to sketch them.
'Ruth and Harley'
Hard to see as this is straight out of my
sketchbook.  There is a personal push to
draw every day .... no guarantee and no
beating myself up if I don't.
Ruth is my amazing friend and distributor
Ruth Schmuff Designs
'Winter Collection'
15" x 30" original painting titled
'Magic and Grace'
Framed Gallery of Trees and
Hand decorated painted box
also with a Gallery of Trees variation.
I really love how this turned out.
 It is for sale but ...
I really love it so much ...
I actually put a nail in the
wall and hung it.
'Magic and Grace'
makes me smile
complete feel good piece.
Anyone who has known me
'since my beginnings'
in the needlework industry,
will remember the above tassel.
This is 'me' giving you a sneak peek
at what is happening
behind the scenes.
Wait for it ...
I spent about three hours standing
on a cement floor
selling art last Friday in a
crazy Whoville Hat. 
I just could not resist being silly and
getting myself into the
holiday spirit of the season.
 I'm often a Scrooge until about
Christmas eve. 
Shown here with great friend, Betsy Bohrer,
 who submitted to joining in on my madness
for a whimsical night of silliness.
We've been labeled
'Mischief and Mayhem'
may have fully earned those titles
once again.
What a great friend.
May the spirit of the season find you too!