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It starts at 1pm and goes on for one week.  All our lacquer boxes are on sale, 20% off plus (!!) you get free design books on purchases of 2 boxes or even 1 box of the larger group.

Buy 2 boxes size 6x6 and get a free design book!

They come in Purple Tulipwood, and in Green Tulipwood

In a Royal Blue and in a pristine Red

Buy one of the larger boxes (9x6 and 12x10) and get a free book of any design of your choice!
All the boxes available are listed in our ETSY shop.  Buy two 6"x6" boxes, get 20% off and a free design book.  Buy one 12"x10" box and get 20% off and a free design book. There are a limited number of boxes so don't let them get away!


Feathered Friends.

Remember Chris Maynard from back here?  The amazing artist that creates scenes cut out of feathers? He just published a book of his work and has new creations, some of them found below. Wanna see more?  HERE

(I may need to buy his book for myself. )


This does NOT bug me!

It started with me looking closely at the magnificent wardrobe from the HBO series, Game of Thrones.  OMG!!!!  That's when I came across Michele Carraghere, the Master Embroiderer for the series costumes.  What a job!  Well deserved by what you see below and more HERE

That got me going!  WOW!  Look at the fiber insect world I found...

Mariana Popova, a wonderful Bulgarian artist, explores the insect world with her detailed felted creatures.  She has some other subjects she felts HERE


Eleanor Rose is interested in wasps, bees, butterflies and I love her display cases.

Here are some of her beetles.

 Clare Moynihan creates her insects on little felted balls.

Hannah Haworth's hand-knitted creatures, all I want to do is give them a big hug.  She has also worked on some little ones, a group of 50 life size bees

Fiber insect specimens are studied often, but these moths are a real stand out!  Yumi Okita masterfully embroiders and constructs these beauties.  There are more of these to be found HERE

Rene Sears has some exquisite stumpwork/embroidery insects, just magnificent!

and of course, Jane Nicholas, the queen on stumpwork butterflies, moths and delightful bugs.

Do you have any favorite fiber bugs?  Have them fly this way so we can see!


More Tassels, More Fibers and More Experimenting!

I'd like to introduce you to our new Double the Fun Tassels.  

They are made of 2 Planet Earth Silk Ribbon cards, Ultrasuede, beads, and findings.  They are very easy to make and you have everything you need in a small cute kit, (well, maybe just a dab of fabric glue would be helpful).  

Check our Etsy shop for some of the colors we have left.  


Next, say hello to these fabulous color fiber bags! These are 11" x 10" project bags, strong fabric with a see through middle and a zipper on top. These bags will be filled with 17 different silk fibers, coordinated in color to the bag itself.   Also on ETSY.

Oh, and more, many more of the regular tassel kits, those that are made with just one card of silk ribbon, find them here.

and then, there is the progress I'm making on my Pheasant.  I'm enjoying this process very much and don't mind the tedious search for the right stitch, not one bit!


Coming home and experimenting

Just got back from a delightful weekend with my Wolves.  Nomi and Ruben Wolf, my sweet and funny grandkids.  We spent 2 days, just the three of us, in our PJs, on the rug, playing and building and singing and dancing and just generally being goofy.  We had a blast!

On Sunday nights I have lots of TV to cover, so I can get lots of stitching done. Yes, I watch and stitch, and somehow it works.  (There is Homeland, The Newsroom and The Affair all on Sunday nights).  I'm working on the Bird series and have done lots of experimenting with different parts of the birds and the background.  What do you think?

I'll keep you posted for more!


Samburu has arrived!

Winter Wheat
Samburu. It's a small jewel, one of my most satisfying designs, one of my most beautiful pieces of stitched needlepoint jewelry. It's now ready and looking for a home...

The great thing about this kit is that it really is a fast stitch! It's not boring fast, it's got lots of variety and a remarkable array of fibers. The instructions for the kit, particularly the finishing, are extremely detailed, extremely precise, very easy to follow, you will be in good hands. You will learn how to bead, make tassels, finish a needlepoint piece, all skills that will stay with you for future pieces.

You can stitch a Samburu as a gift for the holidays for a friend, a daughter, a mother. You can stitch one for yourself. And when you are ready to wear the necklace out, you only need a simple turtleneck or a solid color button down shirt, place your Samburu around your neck, and you will look oh so very elegant.


The design comes in three colorways: Winter Wheat, Peacock and Rainbow. The kit includes everything you need!! 18 count canvas, silks, metallics, a wonderful assortment of pearls, beads, metal findings, Ultrasuede.

The cost of the kit is: $132 and it can be found in our ETSY shop. 




Our complete kits are now 20% off!

Many of our most popular design kits are now under $100,
(instructions, laminated charts, fibers and beads).
Great opportunity to get that kit you've always wanted!!
See it all in our ETSY shop NOW!


Happy Birthday, Ruben!

There is nothing quite as amazing as the first year of a baby's life.  No other time brings with it so much change, from a newborn to a one year old.  

Ruben is born 11/11/13

Six months into his first year

Ruben with his beautiful mother, one year old.
Happy birthday, little man.  We love you sooooo much!  


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