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Rebecca Jewell is a British print artist. She discovered the beauty of printing on feathers. I'm speechless.


Dare Design - amazing needlepoint in watercolors!

How do you teach needlepoint design? If you are me you take a road less travelled, some may even say strange.
In my new online workshop "Dare Design", I asked my students to paint triangles using watercolors. These triangles were to be filled with smaller shapes. Go wild with color and design, I said. They did.  Next, taking their triangle creations, we tessellated, turned, flipped, and manipulated. The results are knock out!
All of this happened before we talked about any stitches, certainly before we touched the canvas or threaded a needle.
This is not for the faint of heart...

Let me share some creations with you.

Here is one of Lauren Bloch's triangles and two tessellations of it below:

Here is a triangle by Ann Moody, tessellated in two different ways:

Melita Glavin's triangle has a kaleidoscope look that is dazzling when tessellated!

Susan Heider's example is of the same triangle, painted in two different colorways, and then tessellated together:

Sally Bee's triangle is another example of same triangle, two different colorways:

Mary Frances Kelly-Poh is in Brazil but that hasn't stopped her from working on triangles! The effect here is very almost like a weave.

Kari Hofer's triangles have a bit of fantasy to them. Two colorways tessellated beautifully.

Lynn Decker gave her triangle two unique colorways and they make for a very interesting tessellation.

Patricia Mott Karpenko came up with two colorways that could not be more different! Look at what happened here!

I have only shown you a small collection of these amazing pieces of art! 
There are many more to share.  The work presented by this group of students is spectacular. 


Sandy's Coqui in Orange - Amazing!!

Dear Sandy Nelson has allowed me to share her beautiful stitched Coqui with the orange background! How happy am I????  It is spectacular, what a talented stitcher you are, Sandy! Thank you for bringing out the best in my design.

"Coqui" is my design honoring Puerto Rico and the relief efforts following the devastating storm, Maria. The massive destruction and loss of life in Puerto Rico as a result of hurricane Maria continues to be heartbreaking. You can read more about it HERE.

THANK YOU, Sandy!!


We LOVE our dogs, (and cats)!

and so does Emillie Ferris! Take a look at these hyperrealistic portraits she has stitched of these beyond adorable pets...


as if that's not enough, this too!


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Just a little bit of patience will get you some amazing kits and designs!
Thanks for your patience!!



How did I do that?

I have had many questions about the frame I made for my miniature piece which has left for Rome. I thought I would share how I made it with you. 
I was not sure what to do about a frame. I looked everywhere for a frame that would be to my liking, work with the stitched piece and be no larger than 3"x3". When I couldn't find anything that would work I decided to try and make my own. I used heavy watercolor paper and Rapidograph pens with 0.125 and 0.35 mm nibs. These very fine pens allowed me to draw with lots of detail in a very small space. 

I knew I wanted small detailed drawings in black and white to offset the colors of the silk fibers. I began doodling and playing around and came to a point where I knew what would work. I measured two pieces of the paper to the size I wanted.
With one piece of the paper I cut an opening in the center the size of the needlepoint piece. I began carefully drawing the frame decorations. I then cut the silk gauze with a border around the stitched area and taped it to the back of the paper. Next I taped the second piece of paper onto the back of the frame thus closing the silk gauze in place. 
I forgot to mention that I also cut out a little star shaped leaf on the top of the frame for a bit more interest. 


Really fun news!!

At the end of the week this little baby is traveling to Rome! "Sweet Dream" will participate in The Tiny Biennale, an exhibit of miniature works of art. The theme of the exhibit is Night/Notte. All the pieces in the exhibit must be 3" or smaller.
My piece is stitched on 40 count silk gauze. I decided to make my own frame, and drew an ornate design on the matt board, matching it to the finished stitched piece.

Wishing you a safe journey, Sweet Dream! Hold your little head up high and soak it all in!


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