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Cross stitching buildings...

How delightful!


I don't usually, but these I like!

I have never been, nor do I mean to start now, one who likes cutesy quotes, the ones that try to be inspirational but really only make me want to hit something.  But lately I've  come across some quotes that I really like.  So either I'm getting soft in my old age or...  I don't know?!

Here they are:
  • It's funny how when I'm loud people tell me to be quiet. But when I'm quiet, people ask me what's wrong with me.

  • Missing you comes in waves. Tonight I'm drowning.

  • When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't.

  • Actually, I can.

  • In my defense, I was left unsupervised.

  • People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


Birth of a Geometric, a little movie from me!

Let's talk about this in a few days....


2017 bags of humor!

Some of this year's high fashion handbags from the likes of Fendi, Gucci, Prada and more. 
Lots of handwork, needlework, colors and fun!


Geometrics, and why we like them?

Next week I will be making my way to Madison Wisconsin to give a workshop.  The first evening, before the beginning of class, I am going to give a talk about Geometrics.  I've been prepping for the talk, drawing examples, cutting felt to show shapes on a felt board, preparing notes, but there is one question that keeps coming up in my mind, and that is Why Do I Like Geometrics?

I've always gravitated to this type of needlepoint.  I think the first reason, and maybe the most magical, is the process of seeing a blank canvas become a work of art, right before my eyes. There is nothing on that blank ground material, and slowly bits and pieces start forming.  Sometimes they start at the middle and fan outwards, sometimes they are random, but the process is always the same, giving birth to something from nothing.  Magic.

So, do you love geometrics? Do you prefer them to... painted canvas?  Will you share your reasons? I'd love to hear from you!


I love sharing my finds with you...

As many of you know, I am a freak for storage solutions.  I LOVE finding the right solution for the right problem.  One of my new discoveries are containers for beads in three sizes, tiny, small and medium.  They are clear, they have the best secure flip tops, and they are a perfect solution for your bead and finding storage!

You can read and find out more about these containers on our ETSY site HERE.  Our introductory pricing is very tempting, as an example, 13 of the tiny sized containers, (measure .75 x 2 x 1.125 inches each), are offered at $4.80!
Questions?  Write to me HERE.



The landscapes of Fiona Robertson

Beginning with machine embroidery background and then switching over to detailed hand embroidery, Fiona Robertson brings her surroundings to us with thread.


My daily creations.

I hope you don't mind, I have been setting aside a couple of hours a day to create new FOBs, and I just have to share them with you. I have taken on a much more involved role in my latest FOBs, in that I make some of the tassels myself, I use beads from a slew of new sources and I load each FOB with an abundance of trinkets to really give a sense of richness.  
Don't get me wrong, I love all the previous FOBs I've made, for you and for me, so very much.  They have been fun accessories to have and to hold.  These are elevated to pieces of art in themselves. I would suggest using them as jewelry, hanging from a chain, using them as handbag embellishments, letting them dangle from a favorite evening bag, or using them as a zipper pull on a lovely bag or jacket.  They truly deserve the special setting!
I will continue to make just a few of these a day and share them with you.  Is that OK?

From me to you,

PS - on ETSY


How I choose my embellishment elements -

I am a collector.  I collect specific items which I source and shop for.  I also collect items that I come upon by chance and feel I must have.  These particular items may not have an immediate intended use, they may be items I will gaze upon for years, but one day I know they will find their place.

I collect lampwork beads from some of the best glass artists, some well known, some just making these bits of art for themselves.  I may buy one or two, I may buy a collection.  Glass has such an intensity of color, it absorbs and disperses light so beautifully, I find it magical.  For the past few months I have crafted scissor/key FOBs which have been received so well by you, my friends.  How do I choose the components of these FOBs?  Let's work through a case study!

Recently I purchased 2 magnificent lampwork beads from an American artist.  I was immediately drawn to the intricate work on these beads and the unexpected color combinations.  I could see how they could work as great focal beads for a FOB.

Below you can see 2 angles of one of these beads and marvel at it's intricacy.

I like to add an element of fiber to my FOBs so I decided to make my own tassel.  I used a beautiful bead cap as the head of the tassel and topped it off with another pretty bead.  You can see the tassel below.

Next I chose two possible connectors that would add weight when connected to the scissor/key ring itself.

I picked another two lampwork beads which played off the colors in my focal bead and chose a lovely star scissor/key ring to tie everything together.  I like to use little bits of silver chain when connecting the single elements to the larger connectors so that each of the elements has a bit of movement, some swing to it, instead of staying stiff and awkward.  

Using silver jewelry pins and very careful wrapping techniques, I combine all the elements, adding a few additional beads along the way.

Below is the completed Scissor/Key FOB I made for the sister lampwork bead.  Here I made my own tassel, using a variety of colored silk thread, and used additional bead embellishments. I think the result is quite beautiful.  I hope you agree.

(If you like these twin FOBs, they can be found in my ETSY store HERE)


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