Cross-pollination in needlework

(Side note before I even get started on the main focus of this blog post:  I was just googling "cross pollination" to see if it was really what I wanted to use for the title.  Because, as you can imagine, this is going to have nothing to do with fertilization of plants or anything in... Continue Reading →


This past weekend, I was at my LNS (local needlework store), which currently has my trunk show of models.  While there, I was talking to a couple of the customers/stitchers about one of the pieces and so it has just been on my mind the last couple of days. While, yes, the pattern for this... Continue Reading →


In my last blog post, I mentioned that I had two particular examples of times that I truly made a counted canvaswork pattern my own.  Let me share a little about the second time. I don't know exactly when or where I started seeing designs by Kurdy Biggs a few years back.  Her company is... Continue Reading →

Making a pattern your own

I feel like this is a topic that often comes up:  using the "called for" threads and fabric versus choosing your own when working from a pattern.  The most important rule to follow?  Do what you love.  If the image sings to you because of the colors that the designer chose, well, for goodness sake,... Continue Reading →

The Antioch Mosaic…Part 2

To continue from my previous post, there is so much more to share: The math of the project was important to me: I wanted the needlework version of the Antioch Mosaic to be in scale to the original. From a practical standpoint, I knew I wanted to work with 24 count congress cloth. (Congress cloth... Continue Reading →

The Antioch Mosaic

I would like the share the story of this piece of needlework that I created a few years ago You may recognize the eight squares within this piece as some of the cross stitch designs that I have available.  They were among the first that I put out when I created WorksByABC. Frankly, it was... Continue Reading →

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