I have stitched nearly all of my life and tried my hand at many forms of
needle work, from embroidery to crochet. I have mastered many techniques and skills
over the years. I create my own designs, teach and write about
needlework. My interests are varied and I have written resource guides on a number of techniques:
Punch Needle, Redwork,
Shadow Work, Stumpwork,
Tassel-making, Biscornu Basics, etc. While I don't consider myself the ultimate
expert in any of these areas, I have done a lot of reading and research and
thought I would organize and make the information available to others. I eagerly
consume as much information on needlework techniques as possible, which is
evident by my extensive personal library. I hope to be able to create
more resource guides in time.
I struggled with the semantics of whether I
wanted to be called a craftsman, artisan or artist.
I tend to refer to myself as a fiber artist, but since I was an exhibiting member of the
Craftsman's Guild of Mississippi, craftsman works too. I am a Life Member of
the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA).
Several years ago I joined the staff of the reconstituted
first online magazine by crazy quilters for crazy quilters, and became
Assistant Editor. In 2008, I took over as Editor and Publisher when
Nora became ill. I am sad to say the magazine has been retired as of
One of the most time consuming features of this web site
is the stitch dictionary, which I hope will continue to grow and be useful.
One of the things that sets it apart, is that I have included many diagrams
for adding beads to traditional stitches, as well as those specifically for
bead embroidery techniques. I will also offer a selection of seam
Photos and scans of some of my work available on this site in my
gallery. I wish I had better documented my
work over my lifetime, but I have improved over last few years, although
some things seem to slip through the cracks. There is a substantial
and diverse range of items in the gallery, which makes it a very large page
that make take a long time to load over a slow connection.
There are also a few free patterns and
line drawings available here. This is an area I hope to expand.
Please feel free to contact me
regarding reprint rights on any of my articles, web guides, pattern or stitch diagrams.
I am an avid supporter of EGA and other nonprofit embroidery, sewing and
quilting groups. I frequently give my permission for reprints, but
I always require that a copy of the newsletter with the article, diagram or
announcement for the class which will utilize the educational materials be
mailed to me hard copy for me records and that full credit be given to this
I am also available for teaching and lectures, please do not hesitate to
contact me regarding class proposals!
Thanks for stopping by!
- Rissa Peace