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Big Easy! Here I come!

My birthday gift from my wonderful daughter, Shiri! We will rendezvous in New Orleans and spend 4 days together, just the two of us, with great music, good food and the best company! Can one be envious of oneself?!

Keep sending me your website advice along with recommended websites, (doesn't have to be needlepoint).

Back soon!
xo Orna


If you were designing a Needlepoint Website you would...

Some of you may remember that unfortunate episode I had with a BAD, BAD web designer? As I have found out many times in my life, good things can happen as a result of setbacks.  (Believing things will work out is good as well!)  I turned to a different source and found an excellent web designer! I'm not going to tell you too much about him, I want you to hear from him directly when my site is up, but I will say... what a pleasure!!
We are working on the Product pages.  What do we show, what do we tell, and how do we show and tell it?  We have come up with a solid basic plan but I would like to get your input, if you don't mind...  What do you want to see when you browse a needlepoint website in search of your next project?

  • How do you like to have designs presented? 
  • What information do you want to have available? (i.e., so you don't have to email the designer asking how big is the piece, what canvas is it stitched on, etc.?)
  •  If the design has multiple colorways, what do you want to see?
  • Do you like options? With kit, without kit, with stretcher bars or canvas, without?
  • Do you want to be able to browse on your phone device? 
If you had to choose a website that answers your needs, can you share which site it would be? (Doesn't have to be a needlepoint site).


Fascinating anatomy.

Take a look at this discussion on preemptive surgery for women predisposed to ovarian cancer. Maricormaricar, twin artists and stitchers, illustrate the article with embroidery. Beautiful, informative and thought provoking.  Take a look here.

More of there work is exquisite, check it out here.

There are other creative embroidery artists who illustrate, Andrea Dezso -
Heart Embroidery

Ash Cornish with her brain illustrations - 

and then there is Sam P. Gibson



On the tiniest scale.

I think I have made my case regarding my love for miniatures, (for example HERE and HERE).
Another group of miniatures, this time paintings -

From Turkish artist Hasan Kale:

and then there is Lorraine Loots.  Exquisite artistry -

I'm so taken by these works of art that my fingers are itching to get back to some work on 40 count silk gauze.
Have you created anything on a very small scale? Send me photos!

PS - I've updated my previous post with web addresses for all the talented artists whose work I showed. My apologies for not having the links in last time, bad girl Orna!



Sorry about not including the links to the photos below!!  You can check out the originals using the links under the images.








My doodle drawer




My weekend ...

I have 5 drawers full of designs that have never been introduced.  I seem to be in a constant catching up when charting and writing instructions are involved. I haven't visited these drawers in a long while.  This morning I took a peek.  If only (!!!!) I had another me who could just write and chart. 

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There is a verse in the Old Testament that I think is so smart, (there are many smart verses).

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; 

there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

I am a HUGE believer in this verse, in regards to almost any aspect of life; what has been done will be done again.  I love reading and pouring over older art books. Each time I do I will realize that what I thought to be modern and new in our times, has been done before!  Have you looked at needlepoint books from the 60s and 70s. What creativity, what modernity!  It really keeps me humble and puts me in my place.

BUT, (you knew there was a but, right?), each of us still has our personal signature.  We may mix the known in a different way, we may turn things upside down, we may add our special touch and with that maybe not create something new, but create something that is of us, is ours.  It is such a great compliment when people tell me that they recognized one of my designs right away! I have heard people say: oh, that's an Orna.  I love that!  I have no illusions of being a great artist, I am what I am, I bring what I hold inside.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!


Good morning from Valentino.

It's enough to make one's needle twitch.
Valentino 2015


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