Willing Hands Needlework Design

"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands"
Proverbs 31:13

Welcome to my blog! I created this blog to keep you updated on my teaching schedule, designs, new designs, kit availability,
works in progress and other stitching related activities. From time to time I'll also be adding extra info about goings-on in my life.

To see my current teaching schedule, teaching pieces and retired designs, click on "older posts" at the bottom of each page.

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A new design experiment

I just completed this new design yesterday. It was really just playing with a fun color of linen ( Witch's Brew ) and an idea for an envelope shaped mini etui. It worked but not as well as I wanted it to and so I'm chalking it up as a learning experience. The envelope points need to overlap more - now I know. I have plans to use this shape with a sampler inspired theme and am sketching on it now.

The third photo shows the 'back' side of the envelope tied closed. The second photo shows the outside of the entire envelope, unfolded and the first photo shows the inside of the envelope, opened up. The folded up size is 3 x 3 inches. I used several overdyed flosses from Gloriana, one of which, "Harvest Grape", provided the color theme. Eventually I may make this available as a chart and instructions but have no plans to teach of kit it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Another toy!

Even though I swore that the jack in the box was the last toy I would design for the Toy Chest Etui, here's another one. The idea came from Diane Dotsko in New Jersey. I stayed with her in her gorgeous home when I taught for the Samplermakers last month. As frequently happens during Toy Chest classes, a discussion began on possible new toys. Almost always I think about the ideas but don't pursue them. Diane's was so good that I had to run with it, especially since I have horses and have loved them since childhood. This toy is a hobby horse. The pole is an awl and the horse head is a protective cover for the pointed tip of the awl. If I can work out the logistics, eventually this will be a kit available to anyone who has taken the Toy Chest Etui workshop.

By the way, the idea for the jack in the box pictured below under "New Designs" came from my dear friend Marianne Adler of Seattle.

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Designs

Jack in the Box Emery
Christmas in Virginia Needle Book
Springtime Needle Book

Above are photos of three new designs. Two are needle books - one with an Easter theme and one with a Christmas theme. The third is an additional toy for the Toy Chest Etui. It's a jack in the box emery. The 'jack' is an emery which looks like a sunflower and it actually pops up on a spring when the box is opened.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


The photos below show some of my current workshop designs. You can email me for further information on these designs and on workshops in general.

Hope that you enjoy the photos!

Current Workshop Designs

Toy Chest Etui
Exact Change Etui
Gustav's Graffiti
Helix Etui
This One's for Betty Etui
Pauline's Heart Etui

All Year Square