Magic, Stitchers and a Tip

Hi Everyone!!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I love this time of year. There is a magical quality about it that can’t be found at any other time of year. I am all ready for the holidays and hope you are too.

I just finished teaching my last two canvas embellishment classes at the Edwardian Needle and they both were great. Two good groups of stitchers from many different starts were in attendance. There was a wonderful variety of subject matter on the canvases in the class. Friday is a big day at the Edwardian Needle anyway and with the regular Friday group and the class, there were over 30 women and men in the shop most of the day. It was wonderful seeing everyone learning, stitching and having a great time. Pam Miller, the proprietor, had great lunches each day for everyone, made sure that all was in order and no one was left unattended. The other days of class were equally as wonderful.

I am now working on a ton of prep for upcoming classes in the first 4 months of 2015. I am so lucky to be able to work at a career based on my passion for needlework and to be given the opportunity with each class to express myself artistically, share my artistic visions and technical knowhow with my students and watch my students grow technically and artistically while enjoying this great art form we practice and enjoy.

Suzanne, Meredith and I, with the help of Linda Corrirossi for one of the classes, got together at Meredith’s family cabin at the lake (built by her Dad) to plan our joint teaching classes for In Stitches in Atlanta and Creative Stitches and Gifts in Dallas. We area so looking forward to these classes and meeting new students and old friends.


The store section of my website will be opening very soon, and stitch and thread guides (not all, just some to start) and Luis’s beautiful chatelaines and jewelry can be purchased on line. SO excited about this. Much, much, much thanks to our brilliant webmaster for this new feature. She works tirelessly to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Before closing this blog, a small stitching tip, When beginning a thread for a stitch that has poor backing or is very open, use an away waste knot. This is a knot on the surface of the canvas at least 3” away from your stitching and not in the direction of your stitching. You can cut the knot later and rethread the tail to hide it into surrounding stitched areas. When beginning a thread for a stitch with good backing, use an in-the-path or in-line waste knot. This is a knot place directly in the path of your stitching about 1 ½” away from your starting point. Your first set of stitches will tie the tail down and you can cut off the knot and continue stitching.

Happy Holidays to all!!!!!!