Always turning a new leaf

Hello! Today I want to share my latest embroidery piece:


I put quite a bit of time and work into this one, and I am happy to say I am satisfied with the end result!! I really wanted to work on something with a little more detail, depth, and density, and this leaf project that I’ve had in my sketchbook for a while seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. I used a fish bone stitch on most of the leaves, which was really fun. It’s not a stitch I have used often, but I love the look of it. I also used a lot of satin stitch and stem stitch in this piece. My original idea was to use all different shades of green, but once I got started I felt it needed a contrasting color to add some interest. I added the purple and instantly loved the dimension it added to the work. I am always learning in my work and want to always continue learning. I like to think theses leaves represent how every project turns a new leaf and teaches me something as an artist.


You can see more of my work in my Etsy shop

A little bit more on my wanting to get into some projects with a little more detail: I recently joined the Embroidery Association of Canada. Basically this is a nation wide association devoted to “preserving traditional techniques and promoting new challenges in the art of embroidery”. I was really excited when I found out that an organization such as this exists, and joined right away. It’s really exciting to be part of a community that is as passionate about this form of art as I am. I am inspired to start trying more traditional techniques and incorporate them into my work. This is something I’ve always been interested in, but I think now more so than ever! I usually focus on quite small scale projects. This type of work seems to suit me the best for some reason. Mainly because when I get a new idea I tend to get really excited about it and want to start on it right away. If I’m working on a large time consuming project, this often results in me abandoning it to start the new idea. However when I work on small pieces I find it easier to finish them before starting on the next one. So, I don’t plan on changing that, but I am making it a new goal for myself to start adding more detail to my work, and to continue experimenting with different techniques and stitches that i haven’t used as extensively before!


Any Canadians out there interested in the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada you can find out more here

Something else I want to mention quickly: I have noticed recently that a lot more people are recognizing needlework as art. It IS art, and I can’t even tell you how much this fills me up with joy and pride that more people are seeing that. Over the years needlework somehow developed this reputation of being a pass time hobby for well, your Grandma. And while there is nothing wrong with that (at all!), It can be difficult to feel like you are taken seriously as an artist when people have only that in mind and won’t see past it. The hand made movement is changing that in a huge way and I just want to say – that. is. amazing. I didn’t feel like a true artist until I discovered needlework as my medium, and I’m a true believer that all art is just that – art. Just because you’re not a painter or sculptor doesn’t make your work any less beautiful and important. And with the end of that rant/rave I will leave you with a quote from a VERY talented textile artist:

“Many people disregard embroidery as just a hobby. As an artist you have that extra battle to make people see it’s potential.” – Karen Nicol

Challenge accepted. 😉 Read more about Karen Nicol and her work here

Thanks for reading!! XO

Hello world!

Hello 🙂

Welcome to my little place in the world. I suppose the first order of business would be to explain the focus of this blog in a little more detail. My number one passion is embroidery/cross stitch.  I spend most of my free time with a needle and thread in hand and a million ideas bouncing around in my head. There are times when I feel like I can’t get the images in my mind onto fabric fast enough. I have always been a creative minded person and art and craftsmanship have always been something that stirs a passion inside of me. However, it wasn’t until I got into textile art that I felt that excitement of being truly passionate about something, that feeling that consumes you (in a good way)!  It is hard to even put into words how I feel about needlework. It’s not just the beauty of the finished project or having a fun hobby to pass the time. I love everything about it.  Experimenting with different fabrics, as well as different threads. Combining different stitches together to create an image that means something. To me, the act of pulling a needle and thread through fabric is the most peaceful and comforting activity there is.
I have also in the past year started using a sewing machine. Not for embroidery…that is something I will always do by hand. It is more of a means to make my embroidery into useful items. I enjoy sewing cosmetic pouches, coin purses, you name something you need a pouch for an I’ll make it, I’m a little addicted to sewing zipper pouches. I am also quite into knitting, although I still consider myself a beginner. I can’t seem to soak up enough knowledge about it and am loving learning new things all the time. To sum things up, I love all things creative, crafty and handmade! I am excited to make this into a place for me to share my work, ideas, projects, and inspiration!