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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Embroidery magazine on: April 08, 2006 09:45:07 AM
A while back, darlingcompanion asked if anyone new of any good embroidery magazines that were a bit edgy.

I came across Fiberarts magazine last summer and was blown away by an article on embroidery artist Anna Torma who won Best of Show last year (2005) at Quilt National. (www.annatorma.com) Her work is very inspiring and she is quite a prolific embroidery artist.

Fiberarts magazine bills itself as "Contemporary Textile Art and Craft". While it is not "edgy" it is definitely contemporary and artsy and VERY INSPIRING. There are NO ducks in bonnets or holly hobbies in this magazine!

I just today got the April/May issue and the cover story is "Growing as an Artist -- life after school, marketing your work, gallery know-how". There is also an article on embroidery artist Pat dipuala Klein.

I highly recommend this magazine. You can check it out online at www.fiberarts.com.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Square Dancing Dish Towels on: February 23, 2005 02:59:55 PM
I found this square dance pattern in a bag full of old embroidery patterns in an antiques store a few years ago. Its probably from the 50s. When my friends Todd and Kathie got married last summer I made these for them. They live on Maui and love to square dance.

Yeah, the images are kinda old fashioned but I love the way the artist was able to capture the movement of the dancers... light hearted and fun.

There are 5 towels in all.











These were a LOT of fun to stitch! And Kathie and Todd loved them.

P.S. I ordered the towels from Embroider This (http://www.embroiderthis.com/mckito.html) The McLeod Tea Towels in White.  Excellent quality.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Signing and dating your work on: October 14, 2004 02:56:51 PM
I've been hanging out on the embroidery board since I discovered this site in August. I posted something there that I thought would be appropriate for this group as well:

I just wanted to share with everyone the importance of signing and dating all the wonderful quilts you spend days - weeks - months creating. You can sign and date your quilt with embroidery or a permanent marking pen designed for this purpose (available at fabric/craft stores).

When you add your name, the date, and even the location to your quilt, you add IMMENSE value to it. It might someday become a treasured keepsake or family heirloom. And as it gets handed down from one generation to the next, who created it could get lost in the passing of the years if there is no signature on it.

You may not think that your creation is a work of art, but your family and friends will look at it as something to be loved and cherished. Do your family and friends a favor by signing and dating what you create. Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will thank you! 

Carolyn
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Signing and dating and holding on to your work on: October 13, 2004 12:28:27 PM
I just wanted to share with everyone the importance of signing and dating all the wonderful items you spend hours - days - weeks stitching.

Even if you just stitch your initials and the year (CJA 2004, for example) somewhere on your creation, you add immense value to it. It might someday become a treasured keepsake or family heirloom. And as it gets handed down from one generation to the next, who created it could get lost in the passing of the years if there is no signature on it.

You may not think that your simple little creation is a work of art, but your family and friends may look at it as something to be treasured. Do your family a favor and sign what you create. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will thank you!  Smiley

Also, a few years from now, don't throw out that denim purse you embroidered with skulls and daggers and broken hearts --just because you've outgrown it or it has gone out of style. Tuck it away some place. You will be amazed when you're older (in your 50s) and you come across something that once was a treasured creation.

Hope I'm not sounding too sentimental here. I just wish to heck that I had not thrown out or lost some of the embroidered items I created way back when (in the '60s and '70s).

Carolyn

5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Embroidered portrait of The Twins on: October 05, 2004 09:49:43 AM
Hello Everyone,
I have been lurking here for over a month and finally got up enough nerve to post a picture of my latest embroidery project which was inspired by Jenny Hart -- my "embroidery idol". I happened across Jenny's web site over a year ago and was completely mesmerized by her embroidered portraits. I decided then to create one of my own based on a photo of my beloved twin sister Marilyn and myself when we were around 5 or 6. It measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Here it is:



I got to meet Jenny at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last month and it was such a thrill for me to get to "talk shop" with her. She is one amazing young woman and I can't believe I had the good fortune to finally meet her.

I have been embroidering since I was in high school (I turn 51 this month) and feel like I've found a whole new way to express myself with needle and floss since coming upon Jenny's portraits. (Do I sound like a groupie or what?)  Smiley

I hope you like the portrait.

Carolyn
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