Art inspires art – a lace exhibit

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to return for a second visit to an amazing exhibit at an art museum. I was first here, the Hunterdon Art Museum, in Clinton, NJ, back in September, for the opening of “Lace not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques.” It is the first exhibit of its kindContinue reading “Art inspires art – a lace exhibit”

A step in my designing career

I was all prepared for what I was going to write about this morning, but plans changed when I discovered something last night (so that planned topic will just get pushed off until next time…) As I think my readers know, I design cross stitch, canvaswork, and blackwork patterns and sell them as WorksByABC.  (Yes,Continue reading “A step in my designing career”

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit

This needlework piece of mine holds a particularly special place in my heart: It is “Wheels of Color”, designed by Genny Morrow. It was the first real canvaswork piece I ever did.  It was the first time I worked on stretcher bars – even learned what they were.  It was the needlework piece that IContinue reading “Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit”

Color Theory and Stitch Variation – Part III (the last)

So, here is how a pattern that is called “From Molehill to Mountain”, that by its very name gives you a sense that we are talking about a mountain, gets turned into a mountain range. As I shared at the end of Part II, I actually stitched this pattern four times. As I remember it,Continue reading “Color Theory and Stitch Variation – Part III (the last)”

Color Theory and Stitch Variation Education – Part II

It’s been a week since I last posted – hope everyone (in the US) enjoyed a good Thanksgiving holiday! In my last blog post, I began talking about a large project, a major milestone in my stitching life in fact.  Here is the photo from near the end of that post: This pattern is calledContinue reading “Color Theory and Stitch Variation Education – Part II”

An education in color theory and stitch variation – part I

I knew I wanted to spend a little time on this blog talking about a big needlework project I did some time ago and all that I learned from it.  It might take two or three posts for me to share everything that I want to about this.  But, I do need to start withContinue reading “An education in color theory and stitch variation – part I”

Embroidered Treasures Flowers book

Well, it seems like I’ve let a week slip by since my last post.  I really didn’t mean for that to happen, as I knew what I wanted to write about next.  But, well, life happens.  And things get in the way.  I suspect many of you totally get that. I love me a goodContinue reading “Embroidered Treasures Flowers book”

Threads of History

This past weekend, I was fortunate to spend a beautiful fall day at Winterthur in DE.  If you are anywhere near the region, it is well worth a visit. If you’ve never heard of it, a brief description from Winterthur’s website: “Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhoodContinue reading “Threads of History”

Albrecht Durer’s Knots – Part II

As I wrote about in my last blog post, a few years back, I learned about these prints, dated from around the first years of the 1500s, these knots created by the artist Albrecht Durer.  I was so taken by them and truly delved into a personal research project to learn more. Some background cameContinue reading “Albrecht Durer’s Knots – Part II”