She weaves

Kathie, the weaverSomewhere in the middle of Montana, my sister Kathie has a beautiful studio overlooking the still snow-capped Crazy Mountains. As I sit with my stitching in hand (a soon to be released project called "May the Hinges of Friendship Never Rust"), I think how fortunate we are to share our love of fiber arts.

Pretty posies

Flowers and samplersEver since I had my first Brownie camera, and later a 35mm SLR, I’ve gone somewhat ballistic shooting photos of flowers. My dad chastised me back in the day when 30 of the 36 images on a roll of film turned out to be flowers. 

Country life

Country LifeWondering if the “Country Life” really, truly is for me?!? The past few days “in the country” (where we have lived for 22 years) certainly challenged the bucolic serenity depicted in this wonderful Scarlet Letter sampler. 

Why we do what we do...

Project in processMore than a mere activity, needlework is a pleasant (and occasionally challenging) pastime that affords us an opportunity to retreat from life's demands and complexities while doing something constructive with beautiful fibers and patterns.

True story

Brethren BlueBrussels sprouts season comes early in Arizona. One evening as my husband Patrick was nurturing his tender plants, he came in the house announcing that he had found sticks and string to support the growing stalks. Proud of his thriftiness, I was somewhat taken aback when he showed me his handiwork: The "string" he had found was my missing "Brethren Blue" Sampler Threads (part of The Gentle Art's wonderful Simply Shaker Collection).