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We must close down for the summer :(

To all my dear dear friends -
We just found out that we will not be able to move into the rental we have lined up until the end of August, which means that there is no place for Adorn by Orna to set up and get to work before September.  It's a huge blow to us, we hate being away for so long, but after looking into every option possible, we came to realize we have no choice.😢

I will be online, perhaps not at the same pace I am now, but certainly within reach.  But that's about all I will be able to do.  And as my mother would say: "You are healthy, that's all that matters!"

I hope to get back up and running at huge speed in September!!



NEW Design - a quick and smart stitch!!

Are you a fan of the one night stitch? Do you like wearable art? Is needlepoint gift giving something you enjoy doing? Then this cuff is for you! The base material is a faux leather cuff (which can fool even the most discerning leather experts. It comes in three colors: white, blue, fuchsia. The cuff kit comes with a detailed instruction guide and 5 different fibers: a wool, a linen, two silks and a metallic braid. Depending on your color choice you will also receive different embellishment packs.

Check out the optional copper charm available for purchase to use on any of these cute cuffs!

Size: 8.5" x 1.5"

The cuff has 2 snap options for closure, at 7" and at 8"

A nice extra is a cross stitch pattern printed on the cuff package






All available for great prices in our ETSY shop HERE.  

Sale continues until July 12th or as long as supplies last.


My new animal lover jewelry ;) and a few for the knitter!

All these fun pieces are found at Dangles HERE!!


News I have waited patiently to tell you...

Today I had the most amazing experience, and the great honor of being at the Philadelphia Convention Center for the installation of 3 of my pieces which are now a part of the permanent collection of the City of Philadelphia. 
Back in March I received a call from the Management of the Convention Center letting me know that they decided to purchase three of my pieces: Shields of Life: Valour, Temperament and Tessellations, as part of their new art collection.  As this unfolded I was afraid to share it with anyone.  I felt I needed to wait until I actually saw the pieces in their new location. Today it happened.

There is a plaque with my short bio and the inspiration behind each of the pieces in the making.  In the meantime if you are in the vicinity of the Philadelphia Convention Center, on the Terrace Level across the street from the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, I would love for you to see the pieces on the wall dedicated to my work.  

I am beyond humbled and honored!


New Thread Stacks!

New thread combinations in our shop: https://adornbyorna.com/collections/embellishments !
We call them Short Stacks and they are a combination of 8 metallic, silk, overdye lovelies for only $30/combination!  Head on over before they are gone!


I think you may like this...

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 - Embroidery
Beautiful handwork!


Dani Ives, a needle genius.

I came across the work of Dani Ives, who paints and draws using the technique of needle felting.  You can read about her here: https://www.daniives.com/
In the meantime take a look at her work!  What blows my mind is how she takes wool felt and makes the eyes of the animals shine, it's incredible!  Enjoy!

Here she shows the progress of her work on the portrait of a dog...


Nina, an amazing photographer!!

On Friday Nina visited the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival.  She brought the festival home on her camera! I love her eye for photography!


A special treat!! Guest blog by Father B!!! Don't miss...

Father B and I met in one of my home studio classes and we have had an ongoing friendship ever since!  I've asked him to write a guest blog post about the beautiful work he has done with me and he graciously agreed.  I id not know he was going to be so complimentary of me, I'm a bit embarrassed, I can only assure you no money was passed between us... 😉

It is with gratitude and much admiration that I bring you Father B in his own words...

Orna Willis Blog by Father B (not the original, the second)

Almost two years ago this July I signed up for the Colorations class given by Orna Willis in her studio home in Philadelphia, Pa. Almost from the moment of our first encounter our two kindred spirits melded. With only three other classmates, Orna was able to instruct, evoke, enkindle each of her students with almost undivided care and nurture. Sparks of inspiration flew as we were drawn into her conception of color relationships. After a few moments of class instructions, and speaking about the photo inspirations each student had adopted, we were given the freedom to wander and wonder in her studio shop for corresponding threads to the pattern she had given us. With unbounded energy and enthusiasm, like children in a candy store we eagerly pulled, compared, sifted through countless combinations and shades to narrow our choices and thread types and began our quest in stitching the pattern. Over the next few hours and days we developed and enlarged and sometimes narrowed our selections to produce the final product. I was completely mesmerized, with Orna hovering over in glee at the color choices and stitch combinations, a sparkling glint of approval in her eyes urging me and the students to probe deeper into their souls for enriching both needlework and color choice.

This first personal encounter with a wonderful teacher deepened my appreciation of color, and lead me to discover my innate talent already planted in my soul. Upon completion of the project (see photo) I was already looking forward to stitching another of these projects with my thread selection and using a Klimt painting as a guide. I completed this second keyhole or opening into the soul in record time, receiving approval and blessing from Orna. (see photo)

Seeking a more complex development in color appreciation and under the guidance of Orna, I requested her to develop a Gold Klimt pattern for me based on the colors in The Kiss, using the Tesselations again pattern. She obliged me and within one week she had delivered some 46 threads and model which I began immediately. Slowly but surely, commencing in the very center of the project, I jumped into the stitching which slowly began to captivate me as I progressed and finally completed after three months of work. Behold the result! (see photo) I was caught up into color bliss, transported by a wonderful keen eyed instructor!

As I read of Orna’s latest invitation to design a project together with her, I began to reflect on the creation process. I was on a long road trip to Pittsburgh as I pondered and prayed about creation, and immediately thought of God’s first day of creation as he separated light from dark. I passed through tree filled mountains and thought how this first day of creation is imitated in nature as spring enlivens new growth from the darkness of winter. The dark shades of tree trunks sprout forth into almost forty shades of green, then pale yellow then strong orange, then crimson red. Afterwards the vibrant flower colors sprout, develop and mature; the ultramarine blues, lilacs, even the pure white lily of the valley! All these grow at the word of our Creator recreating the very first day!

--> When I returned from my road trip, I perused the Adorn by Orna website. I admired all the needlepoint kits and then encountered the kit: “Let there be light.” I had forgotten about this project of hers! Upon close inspection of the details in the design, they all matched my prior musing, color by color, design by design, word by word. It seems that Father B has some needle pointing homework to catch up on to hone more skills from this brilliant teacher. Please join me with other needle enthusiasts on line to enhance, enrich and co-design with this wonderful instructor!

Thank you Father B, we've had and will continue to have a great journey!

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