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TA DA!! The Ultimate Ultrasuede® Collection!

A dream-come-true collection 
for any fiber enthusiast. 

22 pieces of one of the best fabrics available!! 

This is a rare opportunity to get such an amazing range of colors, no repeats! 

All pieces are 6"x 4.5" and are of a variety of weights, from Ultralight to Upholstery magnitude. 
 The colors are deep, rich and mouth-watering. 

Look for it in our SHOP


Who wants an Ultrasuede® Collection, raise your hands!

At the top, a little peak at the fiber collection we are preparing for August.
Below, looking at the Ultrasuede® collection we are working on.

Nina and Yuval spent a wonderful weekend at Shiri's place.  They were treated to a fun filled four day visit.  It's great to have an older sister!!  I love my girls!!

At the fairgrounds right before Yuval gets on this crazy ride...


and the story continues...

They are together again.  How do you explain it? The connection that comes from a different place, somewhere of another world.  They are together again.

From my post back in 2012:
When Nina came home from Cambodia for the first time, her cousin, Yuval, was there waiting for her.  They were only three months apart in age and they immediately bonded.  The two little ones could not be more different; for obvious reasons, (see photos), and also in character.  Nina was like a hurricane, she would sweep into a room and grab everything in her sight.  Yuval was like a gentle breeze, much calmer, slower, softer.  When the girls were three we moved to Philadelphia and Yuval moved to Israel.  Since then they meet in the summers and pick up where they left off.  As the years go by, in some ways, they move apart, leading their own lives in different parts of the world with different important people in their lives.  But in a very basic way they are still the two little girls, playing side by side, knowing a sense of calm from having a soul mate at their side.


Thursday evening inspiration.

 This is the work of Yolanda Andres.


We're back!


I can't help myself, sorry. (Update: All Sold Out!!!)

These are boxes for my favorite fibers ready to go out to you.  We continued to get orders after we sold out, so we decided to order for one more round.  I know, I can't help myself, I want you to have these mouth watering collections.  SO...  there are 2 more, final, 2 more collections left.  If you want them, run, don't walk, HERE

Thank you, again, for trusting me with choices of fiber colors!  I'm honored.

I know I've shown many of these before, they are just some of the many amazing color pieces by my students.  However, I can't help myself, I need to line them up again and again, see how wonderful the work is, I am admiring them all!

(This is just a sampling, if your piece is not here, it's probably because the photos were not quite clear enough, please retake photos and send to me, I'd love to put them up as well.)


Nummy, Nummy, new colors, new flavors.

These are July 2015 Orna's Must Have Fibers.  

Each box has 15 skeins, 5 Watercolours and 10 silk Pepper Pot.  No repeats!  120 skeins coordinated in color. They arrive in plastic hinged boxes, great for storing and for just sitting staring mindlessly (because we can't help it). 

Only $440 for the entire set, HERE

We have only 4 sets left.  Every month we will present you with a unique set of fibers, my must haves, the ones I can't live without. Only a limited number of sets available, sorry...

Tuesday we will be on our way to New Hampshire to spend 5 days at the music festival at Walden.  Reid and I plan to enjoy the lakes and mountains, and listen to pieces composed by the students.  
I look at the photo on the right, little Nina, and find it mind boggling to think she is composing pieces played by professional musicians, while living away from us for 5 weeks.  Where has the time gone? 


Are men taking over Needlepoint?

I've come across two sites that have raised the question in my mind: Have men taken over needlepoint?  And perhaps an even more provocative question... Do they have a better sense of how to turn needlepoint into a successful business? 

The first site - Smathers & Branson, has a very lovely story. You can read about these guys and how their company came to be: HERE.  Smathers & Branson began with a girlfriend's needlepoint belt gift. Eventually these guys actually learned how to needlepoint (although they needed to eventually find their needlepointing staff in Vietnam).

I know it's wrong to judge a person by his/her appearance, but honestly, if you had to guess, wouldn't you say they were young financial advisors from Wall Street?  And, perhaps in a way, they are, because their story tells of how they wanted to find a way to turn their handmade needlepoint belts into a thriving business.

While there are many women who have become successful needlepoint business owners, how many are willing to state, right there in town square, that they want their business to bring in a booming income.  How many of us still need to apologize for our desire to exchange our art for dollars? 

The next company site, Needlepaint, is owned by Seth Berman.  At first glance I thought that perhaps it was an extension of one of the big craft stores such as Michael's.  But what really made me think about the site more seriously was the blog, which seems quite informative with tips and how to's that discuss needlepointing in a serious way.  I was not expecting that.  

Their website is smooth, easy to navigate, and does not apologize for exchanging money for a needlepoint kit.  

Am I stereotyping? Perhaps.  But I do believe women in the business of needlepoint need to aim at making a good income, a profit.  Success in business along with a love for needlepoint is what will make this artform thrive.  It's a win - win.  


I am nothing without.

I am nothing without my wonderful friends, who help make my work possible.

I am nothing without Kathy Gordon, who with her enthusiasm, her brilliant stitching, and her intelligent and thoughtful suggestions, makes my designs look their best.  Today I received a package from her that included 4 pieces, stitched and proofed.

I could not do what I love doing, and do it well without my friend, Kathy.

I am nothing without my stitching friends who come to spend time with me, who allow me to share with them what I have learned, and who ask for more.

Holding Joseph's coat in our hands

Thank you Buff and Lori, Linda and Lisa, Patrick and Karen, Ann and Carol, Jo and Father B, for spending the last three days with me, letting me lead them to places they did not know they wanted to see. 

Thank you!


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