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 2018 and Onward


January 12-15, The Attic, Mesa AZ - Projects TBA

February 19-21, Neapolitan Chapter EGA, Naples, FL - Edinburgh Etui and Lecture

April 6-7, Southern Maine EGA - Virgin Queen Wallet and Pocket

April 14-15, Mayflower Sampler Guild, Duxbury, MA - Pioneer Girl Book Etui

May 4-6, Buffalo EGA, Buffalo, NY - Swan's Bower Etui

June 1-3, Salty Yarns, Ocean City, MD - Finishing Day, Swan's Bower Etui

June 12-15, EGA SCR Seminar, Dallas, TX - Virgin Queen Wallet and Pocket

June 30-July 1, DuClay EGA, Jacksonville, FL - Bee Contained Pilot Class (closed)

August 31-September 2, Turquoise Trail EGA, Albuquerque, NM - Virgin Queen Wallet and Pocket

September 13-16, Needlework Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Swan's Bower Etui, Toy Chest Etui

September 21-24, High Grove Stitchers, Zionsville, IN - Pioneer Girl's Book Etui, Edinburgh Etui, Swan's Bower Etui

October 3-10, Beating Around the Bush, Adelaide, Australia - Swan's Bower Etui, Virgin Queen's Wallet and Pocket

November 17, Virginia Guild of Needleworkers, Richmond, VA - Cissy's Pin Cushions


February 2-3, Bay Area Sampler Guid, San Francisco, CA - Project TBA

February 9-10, Marin County EGA, Marin County, CA - Project TBA

March 2-3, SOME EGA, Auburn, ME - Toy Chest Etui

March 9-10, Mayflower Sampler Guild, Duxbury, MA - Project TBA (class and date not finalized)

May 18-19, Bucks County EGA, Bucks County, PA - Project TBA

June 1-2 or 7-9, Salty Yarns, Ocean City, MD - Bee Contained

September 14-17, Queen City Sampler Guild, Cincinnati, OH - Elizabethan Casket Etui

September 28-29, Greater Dallas EGA, Dallas, TX - Project TBA