Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is offering a reprint of one of my articles free on its web site. Visit cmemag.com/freeprojects and look for "Egg-cellent Idea."
If you see the article mentioned in the March/April 2013 issue of CME, please be aware that the designs on the eggs pictured are from A Bit of Stitch, Designs in Stitches, and Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design. They're great digitizers and friends, and I want to give them the credit they richly deserve. The pattern for the eggs is from Little Stitches by Debbie Lofgren. Complete credits are listed at the end of the article you can download.
If you've been following this web site, thanks for your patience! I certainly haven't updated it as planned, but hope to post new material more regularly in the future.
The new series of Sew It All episodes is ready, and I'm a guest! Please look for Episode 305, Machine Mania, on your local PBS station. I presented a really fast serger project, a crib blanket suitable for machine embroidered embellishment, sponsored by my friends at Brother. You can find out more on the Sew It All web site.
In a similar vein, last week I flew to Cleveland to tape a segment for Quilting Arts TV, this one sponsored by Coats & Clark. It's a treat to be asked to develop a project using their threads! More on that to come.
I'm inaugurating a new page on my site called News & Reviews. From time to time I find a must-have notion or see a wonderful new book, and this is my chance to tell you about them!
I'll also let you know when I hear news worth repeating, such as a new machine embroidery collection of interest or a tip to make your crafting more enjoyable.
Just click on the button to the left to get the 4-1-1 on a few of my favorite things, and check back from time to time to see what's new.
My friends at Schmetz have written about me in their blog! You can read the post at Schmetz Needles Blog.
In my excitement at the release of Redwork from The WORKBASKET I've been remiss about correcting a pair of errors. My sincere apologies go to the companies involved. Even if your mother always told you not to write in your books, please consider adding/correcting these credits:
Redwork from The WORKBASKET is now available! If you're in the Knoxville area, you can buy the book at MidSouth's Best Sewing on Kingston Pike near West Town Mall (in the Chili's shopping center...really it's called The Gallery). If you aren't in Knoxville, click the "How to Buy" link at left.
I'm also delighted to be included in the inaugural edition of Schmetz's Designer Portfolio. I'm in great company, sharing the honor with Carol Ahles, Sandra Betzina, and eight other teachers and sewing celebrities. You can pick up a copy of the Portfolio at my classes, and click on the link at the left to learn more about Schmetz needles. I use them all the time, and love the results.
The next big date in my life is fast approaching! My latest book, Redwork from The WORKBASKET, is slated to arrive around the end of February.
Karen and my friends at MidSouth's Best Sewing are planning to help me celebrate the book's launch at the March Embroidery Club, on Saturday, March 13. If you're in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area that day, I hope you'll stop by the store. I'll have projects from the book on display and of course will be happy to sign your book if you like.
I'm especially excited about this book because there are 100 designs on its CD-ROM, formatted for both machine embroidery and hand embroidery. If you have friends who prefer to do hand needlework, please tell them about this opportunity to have 100 vintage redwork designs and a dozen new projects ready for their enjoyment, too.
Somehow projects seem to take on a more vibrant appearance "in person" than they do in photographs, so please stop by the store to take a look. I hope Karen and company will allow me to hang the samples in mid-February, so they'll be on view for a while before and after the Embroidery Club party.
In the spring of 2009 I was invited to LaVeta, Colorado, to tape a season 5 episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. The big premiere was last September, but the episode is still available for viewing on the web. Just go to www.thequiltshow.com and view Episode 507, Great Gifts, featuring Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero, Judith Baker Montano, and me.
Click on the Watch Me icon to the left to go directly to the web site and sign up to watch the show. There's a second link that will take you to the downloadable directions for the pillowcase project I presented there.
Still to come: photos of the other projects I featured on The Quilt Show, along with embroidery designcredits. Some of the projects are from my books, and the credits will also guide you to finding instructions for making those projects in the books.
Remember, the site is still under construction. Please check back often for more news, views, and links.