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How my Students became Designers , AMAZING work!

Dare to Design, one of my most challenging and yet gratifying classes is in its final stages. 
I want to share some of the work of my very talented students. 

Patricia Karpenko has taken us on a wonderful journey. 
She began with the watercolor phase of the process and came up with this beautiful triangle, 
an initial cell of her tessellating design.
After working off of this painting for a bit, she woke up one morning with a variation that excited her, and she embarked on a slightly different direction.
After this initial drawing, she went to the canvas and interpreted the drawing in an exquisite way!
 The shapes and colors are magnificent.

Once she finalized the stitches, it was my turn to chart her design. 
Pat received this first laminated chart of her new design: Step Into My Garden.

I also sent her this chart of her triangle tessellated, coming together into a square. 

The ball is back in her court. Pat is working on her piece, stitching the complete design 
with any final changes or additions she may come up with.
I will share her completed design when she is done.

Congratulations Pat!!


Wonderfully wacky clothing.


A week ago today, AMAZING!

We were all together to celebrate the amazing event! Orin, our son-in-law, produced the beautiful musical, THE BAND'S VISIT, which won 10 Tony's at the award show on Sunday, June 10th.

Here is a screen shot of Shiri and Orin at the awards show.

and here they are rocking the red carpet!
Our family was all together, a huge treat!

 Nina looked beautiful and was soooo proud of Orin!
 My beautiful daughter, Shiri.
It was an amazing night!!


A Post of Praise!

When does a package get lost in the mail? When it's very, very important!

On May 31st I sent out a very important package full of kits and instructions for a class on my design Sunflower. The class was to start on June 18th, plenty of time, right? Not if the package disappears! Yesterday I found out that the package never reached its destination, and nobody knew where it was. After realizing that even if the Postal service found it and returned it to me, it wouldn't reach the stitching group in time for their class, I immediately began making calls to all the fiber companies whose fibers were in these kits. I begged them to help me by sending out the threads I needed immediately, and ship them overnight so that I would receive them all today. I assumed that by tomorrow I would be able to complete the packaging, the printing, the laminating, the shipping labels and ship it out overnight to its destination. So many things had to happen just so, on time, it was a long shot but it had to be done. I called: Rainbow Gallery, Threadworx, Edmar, Caron Collection, Wichelt, Access Commodities and gave them all my lists.

drum roll...... at 11:30 this morning EVERYTHING arrived! Package after package, it all came in. By that time Rae and I had printed and laminated the instructions, we put the fibers together in packets for each colorway and not 5 minutes ago, at 12:50 this afternoon, Rae took the big box to the Postal shop nearby.
All these wonderful companies helped me achieve this feat! All the students ready to start stitching on Monday will not be disappointed! I'm so relieved and so happy to be working with people who understand the importance of service and valuing the customer.

Hurray for Sally at Rainbow Gallery, Debbie at Threadworx, Lois at Caron, Lamora at Access Commodities, Sue at Wichelt, and the wonderful people at Edmar! Thank you all!!


Rana Balca Ülker - what that needle can do!!

It starts with a painting - 


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