July 20th, 2014
Sorry for the silence. I have been very busy teaching and have found it hard to keep up with my blog.
In early June I taught two three day classes at Thistle Dew which is owned by the lovely Phyllis. Each student working on my Flower Vase class. We had so much fun making fun flowers,stems and leaves. Many adding great fibers and stitches.
Thistle Dew has a wonderful wool club which is headed up by Judy Cummings who does an amazing job of teaching my techniques. It was very special as all the students shared there amazing pieces with me.
It was a great visit thanks to all for making me feel so welcome
June 22nd, 2014
I just returned from an amazing few days which I shared with my Dad and sister. After my class in Orvieto we rented a car and drove to Mt Sibillini National Park in Mâché. We spent 6 days exploring the area and enjoying all that Mâché has to offer. It is a beautiful area with mountains and valleys and great hill towns.
June 12th, 2014
I thought I would share some pictures that I find really inspirational. Orvieto is loaded with texture and layers and I find myself dreaming of endless ways to incorporate these ideas into my work. If you are looking for a way to stretch your creativity this is the adventure for you. I will be returning to teach in the fall of 2015. Contact Bill or Kristi at Adventures in Italy for details.
June 2nd, 2014
We had a great week stitching and creating. All the gals designed a piece incorporating images they loved. Ene loved the arched door ways so she created a piece with a textural background using images of the Duomo and then incorporated a branch using her inspiration from the arched door ways. She added a ‘Sue Spargo Bird’ as she put it which she will embellish with colorful threads and fibers.
Christine loved some of the graphic images like the Fleur de Le and the tree which is a family image that represents one of the four quadrants of Orvieto. She incorporated these on her textural background and then embellished with couched branches using gimp and French knots.
Julie loved the doors to the Duomo. She designed a lovely vase full of flowers using the door image as her flowers. She added cedar trees and plans to add an arch and an image of a bird she saw in the Duomo. She will be adding many layers and stitching to her flowers.
Julia loves Orvieto as this was her second visit. Her texternal background was centered with a layered heart and she plans to add a bird and butterflies. She really enjoyed seeing how her center circles were coming to life with the textural stitching.
Jean decided to make a small fabric journal of all the images she loved pistachio gelato, images of the lighting, hand made journal, olive wood wine rack and scenery.
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It was a lovely group of like minded people some taking my class and others enjoying the Taste of Orvieto trips. Kristi and Bill are fabulous and really set the lovely tone for the week
Will share a few more pics in my next blog
May 30th, 2014
It is like home to me now. This is my fourth teaching trip to Orvieto with Bill and Kristi from Adventures in Italy Sometimes I just have to pinch myself as it seems unreal that I am so lucky to experience these wonderful travel adventures.
I have five wonderful students this year four from Australia and one from the USA. We have been experiencing very special Umbrian treats as well as spending lovely time together working on ‘Italy’ inspired creations.
May 22nd, 2014
We had a lovely weekend in Pittsburgh exhibiting at Spring Market. It was wonderful to see many of our loyal customers, new store owners and many of my designer friends. Thanks for all your support.
As we were able to drive I took the whole gang. My three children Kelly, Jason and Aimee, Mitch our new employee and Melissa my good friend. I had lots of helpers but my main objective was to have them experience market and meet many of our customers. We all had fun some a little too much!
A fun group who shared their purses
Astrid from Cotton and Color in Switzerland sharing the projects I will be teaching for her next April
Barbie Brooks shared her Crimson Tweed quilt with me
Jen Kingwell, my good friend, in her colorful booth
My friend Kori in her booth. Her first market with fun patterns under the name Olive Grace using Genziana wool thread for embroidery
Lots of inspiration and fun colors this spring!
Spent the last couple of days organizing after market and getting ready for my class in Orvieto, Italy. Left today blogging in Toronto then overnight to Rome.
Was able to fit in a quick trip to the Cleveland Art Museum yesterday with Joyce. I wanted to see the Van Gogh exhibited Repetitions. It was great made me see my little repetitive samplers in a new light. Lots of texture and great color combinations in his paintings
May 15th, 2014
Mom and daughter team Anne and Angie own a wonderful retreat house in Milford, TX. I have just returned for the second year teaching two retreats for them. Next year I will be returning in May 2015.
We layered and embellished leaves using embossed velvet, fun cottons and hand dyed wools then layered with stitches using an array of textural threads and fibers.
I am looking forward to returning next year. Many thanks Anne and Angie for a lovely week
May 14th, 2014
The week I taught at Empty Spools was spectacular! The sun shone the whole time and the weather was in the 70′s. I had 25 very enthusiastic students who all worked on small studies which we layered and embellished. I will be returning to teach for two weeks next year. Sign ups are now open for Empty Spools 2015
May 10th, 2014
I was asked to teach for a lovely group of ladies in St Louis many who were experience stitchers and who have done my BOM program. We stitched on fun flower blocks layering the background and appliqué with fabrics and stitches. It was great to see these little blocks come to life with needle and thread.
The last picture is Carols finished Earth ‘n Twig quilt. It is Always wonderful to see finished quilts!
Thanks so much to Barbara and JoAnn for organizing my visit and making me feel so welcome.