Stop 1: Sew in Love
Stop 2: Isabell on Flickr, aka ColourinStitch
Stop 3: SewAmy
Stop 4: Kitty and Me Design by Pam Kellogg
Stop 5: coming soon!
How long have you been embroidering?
I've been stitching since I was 7 or 8 years old. To keep me quiet, my mom would give me a piece of fabric with a plastic needle and some yarn. I'm sure in the beginning I did nothing more than make a mess but I remember by the time I was 9, my mom and grandma had me stitching on prestamped dishtowels. From there I moved on to needlepoint and hook rugs and then eventually to counted cross stitch.
By 1988, I enjoyed cross stitch so much, I started designing it professionally for needlework magazines and manufacturers such as The DMC Corporation, Bucilla, Kreinik, Zweigart and others.
But my stitching enthusiasum took a major curve in 2002 when I discovered Crazy Quilting. Now at age 51, that's pretty much my main passion and obsession!
How did you learn?
My mom and grandma taught me how to do basic embroidery stitches on prestamped dish towels and table runners. I always liked the way it felt when pulling the thread through the fabric. I remember my grandma trying to teach me how to do french knots. It took me years to get the hang of those!
Mom taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint and cross stitch. I learned how to do tatting on my own along with some other techiques like Chicken Scratch, Blackwork and such. My Crazy Quilting too is completely self taught. But I've always been good at collage art.
What inspires you?
Nature mainly. I love birds, flowers, butterflies, cats, holidays and the seasons. But there are other things too. I have an affinity for anything old-fashioned and vintage. I'm a very homey, domestic person. I love doing things the old way, using vintage things and learning about the good old days. And although that doesn't appear to come through in my needlework, it really does show but in an indirect way.
Social networking is a must too but limiting it to only 1 or 2 sites is best. I pretty much stick with Facebook and Flickr. A person can spend all day online socializing and never get anything else done. Also, marketing outside of the internet is a good idea also.
Do you have any other hobbies and interests?