Thursday, December 30, 2004


Just arrived in yesterday's mail - Jo of Dinky Dyes 18 new colors in silk.

Those of you who know me well, know I very seldom promote other folks' products, but these silks are an exception. They have the best handle of any out there on the market in my opinion. I just have to convince Jo to do more solid colors. Jo enclosed a note saying she will hopefully have seven more colors by the time I see her in Nashville in February. In the meantime I shall enjoy this batch.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


A past exhibit at the Asmolean concentrated on Islamic motifs of Medieval Egypt. Just a short article but a few nice graphics and worth taking a look at. This is on the Cloudband site which may have you clicking through its various pages and links.

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The Beeb (BBC) site has a section for kids. And in that section is a little taste of embroidery.

Not a big boffo sort of section but maybe enough to intrigue a youngster.

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Monday, December 27, 2004


It's nice to see Su at the Floating Needle is having a white Christmas whilst all snug inside the boat.

I tried to post a comment on her blog but unfortunately Blogger has taken a dislike to me and won't understand my log in there.

It was super talking to Su the other day and the JE has gotten very good at talking to strange people on the telephone.

Back to work here on stitching projects. I was saving a Rhode Island sampler to submit as a proposal for Sampler Gathering but I have to assume Deb Crain has a plethora of teachers and doesn't need my proposals as I haven't heard from her. Soooo I need to get this nice little sampler ready for the commercial market. Maybe some nice sampler group will want a class built around it.

It really is a plain little mid-late 19th century sampler but when I purchased it I was also able to obtain a family Book of Common Prayer with it. Tucked into the prayer book are all sorts of family bits and pieces. First Communion certificates, obituaries, DAR correspondence, etc. as well as another couple of stitched bits.

I'm now doing the research on the family of the stitcher, Sally Watson and will blog about my progress.

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Sunday, December 26, 2004


Folks often wonder why projects I teach are not available for general sale. One of the main reasons is that when I am there poking and prodding and leaning over students' shoulders, the printed instructions required are minimal.

But, when a chart, a design, a sampler, a project comes to a stitcher without the hands on assistance, it requires a lot of explanation and extra graphics.

I'm trying to clear some of the backlog of class projects that I have heaped in a stack waiting for rewrites, rethinking, etc.

I decided to start with a small one - a little perforated paper box that features five little linear (blackwork style) designs.

I like the idea of projects that can be adapted by a stitcher. This design makes it easy to stitch some other favorite little motif in the squares. Maybe a date, initials, crowns or flowers. There are no limits to the possibilities.

Or, the five little squares can be stitched all in a row as a bookmark. One or two squares will make the front and/or back of a scissor fob. An entire row of alternating squares will make a border on a towel or a piece of costume or a baby bib.

The instructions are all augumented. New model stitched and ready to fold and glue and then for a photo session and it can go on the website and travel to Nashville for the trade show in February.

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Monday, December 06, 2004


It seems unfair when you work on stuff that isn't apparent to anyone but you. However, in the past week I've tweaked a lot of my design publications so they work better, look better. I've been slowly working on the website and tidying up my computer.

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