A sampling of some of my work...
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Afghans and doilies are posted separately on my
crochet page, click here to view them.
Check out the article on Biscornu
Basics for more details.
This was a Barbara Jackson crewel class.
The pattern on the front is a freebie from
My Aunt’s Attic.
The angels are my personal cipher.
"Kissing Pillows" for Deployed Soldiers:
The Yellow Rose Chapter of the EGA supplied the pattern to make little pillows
to be given to soldiers. The idea is that the soldier kisses the pillow
and leaves it with their loved one when they deploy. Mississippi NeedleArts sent
148 of these to the Bristol Chapter to be distributed to deploying soldiers in
A small jointed rabbit.
A little mouse.
The White Rabbit
I designed these for a class I was going to teach. It covered finishing raw
linen into a handkerchief, then embroidering it. The white on white does not
photograph well, but it is lovely in person.
Linen Redwork Hand-Towel:
Yet another design for a class.
Teddy Bear Block for Juvenile Diabetes
With just six weeks to the deadline, I decided to participate
CQMagOnline Community Project.
This was a Catherine Jordan class offered by the EGA TVR Regional Seminar in
Louisville, KY. It was an interesting class, but as usual, I went my own
way. I finished the stitching and need to get a mirror for the back, then
lace it and finish it for framing.
Silver Cloth Jewelry Bags:
Cynthia brought back some silver from Mexico and asked me about silver cloth.
Rather than just give her the piece I had, I decided to make it up into a
jewelry bags of all different sizes.
Whip Up: Stickin' it to the Pincushion
This smaller one is made from a yummy sea turtle batik from my friend Karen and
a piece of fulled wool from a swap last year.
Here are all three that I made during an afternoon. Most of the fabric came from
my birthday present squishy from Karen.
It seemed appropriate since she sent along the
Casalguidi & Lavender (EGA Group
This is 95% complete, the teacher needs to be able to look at the back and
inside of the sachet for the evaluation. Also, the lavender sachet won't
be attached until it is returned. I turned my "doodle cloth" into an ATC.
Pictured with some other Fiber ATCs that I have done.
Another Autograph-type Block for a
I did manage to get this done pretty much on time! A real accomplishment
considering how busy I was in the days leading up to my last day of work.
Punchneedle Dragonfly on Denim Shirt:
Silk Ribbon Embroidered Irises:
I added an iris to a lightweight craft store vest during my lunch hour one day,
then the next day, so I added two more clumps of iris.
All this talk about teaching had me thinking about a basic SRE class. I
wanted to show how much you could do with just a few stitches. I used a
temporary mat and frame, just so that I could photograph it. I decided to
leave the old photo, even after putting it into a new frame with a better mat,
just to show what a difference the mat and frame can make.
Beaded Fiber Necklace
The basic how to was part of a program for the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners
Guild Meeting. I used completely different yarns and threads than most of
the people. The silk ribbon sort of overwhelmed the other more subtle
fibers. I hand made the clasp from copper wire and decided on a freeform
heart shaped loop. It is very long and can be doubled or draped.
Shadow Work EGA Logo for the South
Central Region's Traveling Exhibit:
I decided to make up some samples before leading this Petite Project for my
Gracie, an EGA Group Correspondence
This is my rendition of Ganet Burr's design. I took this Group
Correspondence Course through the CyberStitchers Chapter of the EGA. You can
read more about it in the
Catalog. I would highly recommend it to any intermediate stitcher who
wanted to try Stumpwork. There are only four wired pieces and one padded
This was the project from my class with Susan O'Connor of
Country Bumpkin. Pictured are the
third drawing of an actual pear she brought to class and my thread painted
interpretation of it.
Art Bra for A Way To Women's Wellness:
This original design is called "Laissez les Bons Temps Roulez." It was designed
for WTWW and will travel with the exhibit to
Here is my progress to date on the Elizabethan Sweetbag from the Susan O'Connor
class I attended a few weeks ago. She is a great teacher and I really
enjoyed the classes. Her design graced the cover of Inspirations Issue 36.
It is worked on silk brocade, using Au Ver A Soie Algerian Silk.
This eyeglass case, rotary cutter case and scissor sheath are featured in the October issue of
Stumpwork Beaded Beads-n-Berries
I am working on a how-to article for CQMagOnline.com. This is a gift for a
"N is for Novatski"
I just had the desire to prove I can still needlepoint. LOL
These are made from plain microscope slides. Check the January Issue of
CQMagOnline.com for a how-to.
This Stumpwork ATC, an ode to Gracie, has a detached wired element, but it still
fits into a standard trading card sleeve.
Obviously, the first five are variations on a theme. I am having so much fun
making them. I think I like the ones with echo stippling best. Since they
are actually quilted, it is the most like a micro-miniature quilt. The more
I do, the more I like this concept.
There is a piece of my actual wedding dress in each of these blocks!
Broderie de Marseille, Boutis Provencal & Trapunto:
The scan on the left is of the right side of the bib and the scan on the right
is of the wrong side of the bib to show that it is actually reversible.
Completed booties from the Marie Yolande class at EGA National Seminar, Rye NY
Two sides of a small scissors sheath. The exact same pattern done in
Trapunto with echo stippling on one side and Boutis on the other. I am
developing this as a class.
Trapunto Apple insert in wooden box. I used a 100% wool fabric with this
great apple design and used wool to stuff it, so that it would be a functioning
These are small Boutis pin-keep designs that I am working on to present to my
EGA Chapter and maybe develop further. The one on the left was the original
proto type, the one on the right, slightly refined.
Wire Ribbon Items:
Linen covered jewelry boxes that I purchased and embellished. The one on the
left is 7" x 5" x 2.5" and the one on the right is 5.5" x 4" x 1.5".
Victorian Cone Ornament taught by Roberta
Jackson, Mississippi Themed Embellished
Center dragonfly is hand blown glass from Terry Albright at
Beaded Crochet Half Doll:
This half doll is part of a secret partner swap from
SRESafeHaven. The half doll was donated by Shirley K of Shirley K Dolls. Her skirt is crocheted with Cebelia size 20 thread using
approximately 120 grams of size 11 delicas in an extensive beaded fringe pattern.
This is a slight modification of a Jenny King pattern from Beaded Belles.
The bustle was completely my idea and I free-handed the whole thing, without
benefit of any pattern. After this experience, I will certainly be
designing my own beaded crochet skirts!
This is a piece of fabric that has been embellished with
beaded embroidery stitches, bead net affixed cabochons and small dangles and
drops. It is a sampler for Crazy Quilt stitches and ideas.
This elephant is almost three inches across at the ears and about four inches
tall. He is an adaptation of the elephant necklace design in The Art of
Seed Beading. He turned out great and I definitely plan to bead
This teapot design is almost six inches across. I made the outline using a
teapot form from Bucilla, then drew in the fruit decoration freehand,
picked some size 11 rochaille beads and started to interpret the design as I
These are identical apple motifs bead embroidered in
different styles. Although both of these are worked in back stitch, using
the exact same size 11 beads and the same size apple design element and
background material, they look completely different. The one on the left
is free form and the one of the right is spiral rounds, similar to Native
The prototype pansy to the left is also done in spiral backstitch with a mix of size
14 delicas and seed beads. Everyone who handles this design is surprised
by how supple and flexible it is, despite the density of the beads.
The finished kimono design took me longer than anticipated to perfect. I
wanted to incorporate the front of the kimono some how into the classic T shape.
After viewing dozens of photos of kimonos on display, this seemed like the best
The prototype kimono design. This is done in a combination of 11°
Japanese seed beads, #1 bugles, #2 bugles, fresh water pearls and 2 mm faux
pearls. I definitely decided on a more organic look!
The Aster is done using simple backstitch and the fantasy
flower is a combination of backstitch and fringe techniques.
The frog is done in a combination of backstitch and lazy
stitch to simulate bullion embroidery. This is a technique I have
never seen anyone else use, although I am sure am not the first person to use
it. If you check the rest of my work, I have an affinity for this pattern
Stitch & Zip Eyeglass/Cell Phone Cases:
Dimension's Regency Kits:
I have to say I love these little kits. They work up
incredibly quickly and they make really nice little gifts. Left to right
they are Queen Anne's Lace, Country French Sunflower, Butterfly and Grapes, and
Jade & Rayon Tassel for a Friend:
The item pictured below far left is the
infamous scissor sheath that one of docs on campus thought was a cod piece while
I was working on it in the allergy clinic. As you can see, it perfectly
fits my Gingher shears. This was originally intended to be part of a swap
for someone with an identical pair of scissors, but the ribbon on the trim
started to shred and unravel terribly, so I decided to keep it for myself. The
one I sent on to Maureen is next and a one for a small scissors on the far
Sheath for small embroidery scissors.
Variations on a design. Done white on white using cotton batiste and
metallic on black organza.
This was made based on the kit that Terry Albright did for True Colors.
However, I replaced the kit materials with my own. I used ribbon from Pink
Peppercorns and Polar Fleece instead.
This was a 4 inch cubic box from Hancock
Fabrics. I pried out the original top and replaced it with my own.
This original design was stitched in size 12 silk perle from and
consists of small bullions stitches, bullion knots, French knots and cast on stitches.
It was a memento and held a
wedding gift for my best friend.
This was originally a framed piece I made for my mother
seen elsewhere on this page, but I rescued it and made it into a wooden box for
my sister Vickie. The box was also a clearance item from Hancock's that I
disassembled in order to salvage the wooden form.
Flaming June Needle Book:
Photo transfer using an Epson color printer and heat
transfer paper. Rayon bullion stitches worked over the iron on, then
chenille piping added to frame the print. This needle book is an original
design that stores six packs of needles with plenty of room for loose needles.
Each of these dress forms was beaded with semiprecious
stones. Themed buttons, silk ribbon and bullion work were also added.
Tiny Torso Pin Cushion:
This little pin cushion is my original
design. I started by creating a pattern for a six inch dress form.
Then I started to embellish her and soon I was certain about the evening
dress. Her bodice is made using a combination of beads and silk ribbon
that match too closely to be distinguishable in the photos. The skirt
is chiffon and uses sulky thread. I am in the process of making a
pattern available for this item and will describe the materials and stitches
more fully at that time.
Embellished Little *Disco* Bag:
The photo on the left is from the front and the one on the right offers a rear
view! This is only big enough for the bare essentials, but I thought it would
make a nice purse for a teenager. The folded ribbon rose is made out of
*Rebellious* by Pink Peppercorns. This little gem brought in over
$40 at a silent auction.
The icicles on some of these ornaments
are hand blown glass made by Terry Albright at
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Stockings for Friends:
These stockings utilize silk flowers and Christmas
decorations to accent the freehand embroidery.
CQ Stocking Ornaments:
These were made for a swap. The
original pattern for the stocking came from Mary
Graham. and then I started to fiddle with it until it was more suitable for
9-11-01 A Day to
Froggie and the Fly Denim Shirt:
This little froggie is made from bullions. It is a
slight variation off the basic pattern found in the Country Bumpkin Publication
A-Z of Bullions.
Red, White and Blue for the Bride:
These photos are from a surprise bridal
shower for my friend Jennifer. This bride to be is an AVID Rochester
Americans fan (hence the red, white and blue theme)! She wanted lots of
bright color near her face, because she is worried that she will look washed out
with all of that white!
Folded Rose Heart for
SRE Purple Swap & Swap photo:
Folded Rose Heart for Mom:
Done with Hanah bias-cut silk ribbon on white bridal satin. The roses are Peace
and the leaves are Chameleon.
J is for Janice:
This started out as a birthday card for my sister, but I used new card stock and it
warped from the glue *and* I managed to mount it upside down. After some gripes and
groans, I went on an all out search for an oval mat and could find nothing. Then I
happened upon this teak frame. It was an exact match! :-) And, I managed
to get it all together into her package and mailed in time for her birthday.
Single Folded Rose with leaves:
Think of a nice high centered red Hybrid Tea, like Mister Lincoln.
Think of a vase stuffed with spring blooms and buds. This was a free form
original design done in a variety of silk ribbons and perle cotton on a 100% wool beret.
Denim Shirt with Bullion Rosebuds:
After I put the three bullion roses on the flap that hides the buttons, I decided it
was just enough embellishment and did not go any further. There rosebuds are
adaptations of standard directions.
A combination of rosebuds and garden delights in a heart design on the right sleeve
cap, a single flower on the right lapel and rose buds and vines across the button flap of
both front pockets. All done in a synthetic ribbon and close cropped stitches for
durability and practicality.
Ornaments for the Silent Auction
Craft Table and One for SRE Brad:
This black cotton twill vest is trimmed with Christmas lights was an original design
that I made for a charity fund raiser. The photo was taken during the silent
auction. All of the "lights" are 7 mm silk ribbon, the "cord" is
embroidered using perle cotton and a wide stem stitch and cotton floss was used to tack
the "lights" in place, making it a more functional wearable item.
This was a miniature stocking made with YLI silk ribbon and a large organza folded
rose. The stems are silk floss and the "Noel" is embroidered in size 5