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!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gathering for Winter Etui


Here's my latest design, completed just last week and debuted at a Toy Chest Etui class in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This etui was inspired by the turned wooden acorn which is attached to the closure cord of the box.  The acorn was made by Mike and Maggie Fraser of Sylvan Treasures and one will be included in each kit, as they have graciously agreed to make them for me.  Mike is always on the prowl for exotic woods and the acorns will be available in a variety of colors.  I'll also be carrying extras so that students can purchase them to make scissor fobs, etc.

The etui box and all of the 'smalls' are stitched with acorn motifs in a wide variety of stitches.  Some of them are based on traditional motifs found in antique samplers and some of them are my own creations.  There is a squirrel stitched on the bottom of the box as well as some more acorns and spaces for intitials and a date.  The 'smalls' are: a pin cushion, a needle book, a scissor sheath and a scissor fob. 

The box and the smalls are lined with a copper colored silk Dupioni which is a very close match to the reddish color used in the stitching.  The flosses and the ribbon are Gloriana ( of course! ) and are colors which I've never used before.  Most of them are new colors to the Gloriana line, created in the last 2 years.  The kit will also include an enameled charm from Susan Clarke Originals to be attached at the stitcher's discretion.

The pilot class is already scheduled for this summer and the design will be available for workshops beginning in 2013.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Teaching Schedule 2015 and onward


July 14-21- ANZEG Embroidery Conference, Auckland, NZ - Toy Chest Etui, This One's for Betty, Gathering for Winter plus countrywide teaching tour featuring Can't See the Forest and Pioneer Girl's Sampler Book

September 16-18, Elegant Stitch, Modesto, CA - Bristol Sampler Bag, Virgin Queen Sewing Wallet (pilot class)

October 5-12, Beating Around the Bush, Adelaide, Australia - Bristol Sampler Bag, Can't See the Forrest, Tall Year Square


January 16-20, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA - Pioneer Girl Book Etui, Bristol Sampler Stitching Bag, This One's for Betty Etui

April 6-8, Deleware Valley Historic Sampler Guild - Virgin Queen's Stitching Pocket

April 21-23, Livingston Lakes EGA, Brighton MI - project TBA

April 28-30, Needle in Hand Sampler Guild, Carmel IN - Virgin Queen's Sewing Wallet, Virgin Queen's Stitching Pocket

June 2-4, Salty Yarns, Ocean City, MD - Virgin Queen's Sewing Wallet, Bristol Sampler Stitching Bag

September 31-October 1, Oatlands EGA, Herndon, VA - Virgin Queen's Sewing Wallet


Needlework Guild of Minnesota, September 14-16, Toy Chest Etui (not finalized)