Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hmmm, my marbles....

I really didn't lose them ... I even added a couple more.
[and the Crown bag with my steely's is well hidden]

'Marble One'©
Painted canvas and stitch guide by moi.
Please join us in Lutherville, Maryland at 
our magical studio, The Beehive
September 16 & 17, 2017
for the playful stitching of 
my newest design.
You're sure to have a blast with us!
Class is sponsored by my extraordinary distributor
Ruth Schmuff Designs
call for details
410 . 296 . 0405
I'll even show you how to do this part!!


Friday, September 1, 2017

this is BIG ...

 My very first solo show!
I'm still pinching myself ...
It's been a long road of creativity to this 
huge event.
What's so amazing to me is that 
the journey has become a full circle of sorts.
This show is in my very own home town!
The gallery is owned by 
Long ago we sat next to each other
in high school art classes!!

The show is titled appropriately 
"Rendered In Thread"
Contemporary Needle Art
Running from October 7th through November 4th

The opening reception is 
Saturday October 7, 2017
Swalebrook Gallery
221 West Tioga Street
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
How wonderful
to have my medium of choice
recognized as 'ART'
by a fine art gallery.  

October 8th will find me teaching a
'Make It & Take It'
The above piece is called
Falling Into Autumn.

Swalebrook Studio & Gallery
[click above for more info]
is one of several freeform needle art 
pieces to be offered through 
Swalebrook Gallery.

The show will also feature several 
painted pieces that later became 
needle art.  
From the imagination,
to the canvas,
to the threaded needle.
Come see how my crazy brain works.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Reinventing the wheel ...

 Sometimes ...
when designing ...
it almost feels 
like you have to reinvent the wheel!
These wavy subjects tested me ...
this is when I hear myself telling a student,
"Get up and walk away from it for a moment."
I get these brilliant ideas,
they're completely formed in my head ...
then the search begins for
'that thread' and 'that color of bead'

It can be exciting like a treasure hunt
it can frustrate the heck out of moi!
Of course, the brilliant idea when put
to needle and stitch after finding all
of the above

This is when my teacher voice comes to me
loud and clear ...
walk away for a bit Kimberly!

Voila! Perfect!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

busy busy busy ...

I've been travelling a bit ...
now home and I hit the ground 
running ...
of course!
"Little Bits of String"©
We are running this fun series 
for a second time at
The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando.
Next one being the last Wednesday of this month
July 26. 2017

Click here for class times
or call
407 . 894 . 0444

Popped one of these 'Bits' into a
shadow box,
LOVE the way
it turned out!

While I was travelling ...
I celebrated my birthday with 
some wonderful long time friends
in my home town.
Did I sleep after this indulgence
of rich dark chocolate torte'

Not much!
Not even the awesome wine from my friends
winery over came this decadent dessert!
If you are ever in NE Pennsylvania ...
you absolutely must stop by
Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery!

These Tiger Lilies ...
tree lined country road ...
will always be home.

Of course, there were deer.

Next stop, family!
My three year old granddaughter loves
to talk about her 'FAMILY'.
Which just grew by one baby brother
that she is totally in love with.
Best bouquet ever!

More Birthdays to celebrate!
My beautiful daughter!
Pictured here with the official
package opener extraordinaire!

My Crew!
I had a magical time with these two!
I was on Mimi duty for two
wonderful weeks.
Oh my heart!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My little family is growing!

Sibling Love !
Wilderness Mandala©
Finished just in time for his arrival!
My Sweet Little Fox!
Mimi's heart is doubly bursting!

Friday, June 9, 2017

as I paint new ...

... my mind wanders down 
random paths ...

Like how much I love this paint color!
Golden Extra Fine Bright Gold

How it just makes certain designs ...
pop even more!

Then down another path ...
my foray into designing fabrics to
match my Biscornu series of designs.
You don't know how many tries
this one took before perfection!

"Mothers' Rocker Biscornu"
That perfect moment!

Available through
Ruth Schmuff Designs
wholesale and retail

Monday, June 5, 2017

if you need me ...

... I'll be here ...
focus focus focus
which means I'm going to be
only halfway scattered for a bit!

... new designs are happening here!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Freedom to free form ....

Giving myself permission to play ...

More on this craziness very soon ;-)

Join us this Wednesday
May 31

The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando 
for Little Bit of String Two!
[center spring green section]
We've been having a lot of fun with these
Little Bits!
[click on the shop name for more info]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Springtime ...

It may be happening in other parts of the world
.... but here in Florida we are already
hitting record temperatures ....
oh Yeah!
Thank goodness there was a trip North 
in the plans and I could enjoy that 
beautiful bit of season ...
which is my favorite!

This weeks blog features an older design
of mine ... but I still absolutely love it.
All that life springing forth took me back.
It's called ...
"A Portion of My Garden"©
[available to shops through Ruth Schmuff Designs]
In the past I've thoroughly enjoyed gardening.
Anything I plant here has to make it on
it's own ... hence lots and lots of succulents!
There is a lot going on in this piece.
I used beautiful silk ribbon, hand painted silks,
and some
crazy fuzzy stuff too.
Many, many stitches
to add texture and depth.

Mountains Majesty!
My granddaughter loves to ask you what
your favorite color is.  Her Mama told her before I
arrived ... "when you ask Mimi, she's going to tell you
she loves all colors".
So true, although the new green of spring
really touches my heart.

Just WOW!

My Little Flower Child ...
this one has my heart in a tighter grip
than she has on those dandelions!

Lilacs seem to be a favorite of many.
It had been so long since I'd seen one
in person ... I didn't even realize
this was a different variety.