Enthusiasm and Excitement Within Our Stitching World

Why, hello there.  Yes, I know.  I’ve let a few weeks slip by since I last wrote. If you follow me on Instagram (@worksbyabc), you know that I went on an amazing trip recently.  I had been planning this for some time and, in the days leading up to it…well, some things just had toContinue reading “Enthusiasm and Excitement Within Our Stitching World”

Currently stitching…

I really do need to find a happy medium within myself to blog post writing, wanting to share various things, but also making sure I find the time to sit down to do so. For the last few weeks, ever since finishing my big Gossamer Lace in Blackwork piece, I’ve been working on Gossamer LaceContinue reading “Currently stitching…”

Woven Geometry in Cross Stitch

Sometimes, a new cross stitch pattern, while brand new to you and literally just created within the past month, has actually taken a many-years journey.  That is the case for this pattern, which I called Woven Geometry.  Today, I would like to share its story. Some years back, I bought a bobbin lace book (remember,Continue reading “Woven Geometry in Cross Stitch”

How Craft is Good for Our Health

I have to admit, I am always attracted to articles that share the science behind what I know deep down to be true:  the work I do with my hands is good for my soul.  I know that sitting down with needle and thread calms me, gives me the same reflective mood that mediation can,Continue reading “How Craft is Good for Our Health”

Gossamer Lace in Blackwork – My current stitching

There are some stitching blogs where the authors are using them to keep a good accounting of their stitching progress.  Some of this kind of record keeping has moved to Instagram for many stitchers that I know and in the stitching circles that I move in, but I can certainly remember a time of followingContinue reading “Gossamer Lace in Blackwork – My current stitching”

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”