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 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 1

In my other world (as opposed to my needlework world), I am a middle school math teacher.  And I only bring this up today because it is relevant to the story I am telling. Some of you may already have known about the math side of me.  Some of you may have already seen someContinue reading “Albrecht Durer’s Knots – part 1”

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 inContinue reading “Cross-pollination in needlework”


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 thisContinue reading “Inspiration”