Category: Embroidery

Thread Around Holes Exhibit


Thread Around Holes

I have three Romanian Lace Necklaces in the current Threads Around Holes at the Lace Museum. Join me and the other lace artists at the Celebration Party on September 11, details above.

Heirloom Buttons in Threads


My upcoming article “Make Your Own Heirloom Buttons” in Threads magazine #169 is featured on this week’s Threads’ blog. The blog post shows how to embellish your completed Dorset and Shirtwaist buttons with embroidery and beads. You can also learn how to make variations of two types of toggle buttons – a cord toggle and monkey’s fist.

GBACG Button Making Workshop

Posted by June 11, 2013

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 Nov 9, 2013


San Jose, California

Button Making Workshop – 6 hours

I’m scheduled to teach a button making workshop for the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild. We’ll be learning to make all four of the buttons in the photo! Contact them at the email address above for more information.

Filet Crochet in PieceWork

A photo from my article on the history of filet crochet in the March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork made the cover of the magazine. It shows a table topper made by my husband’s great grandmother, Elsie Norman, Wellman, Iowa, circa 1920. The piece is about 36″ diameter. It has a square linen center. The piece is made round by adding a crescent of filet crochet to each side. The design in the filet crochet is the same design used in the colored cross stitch embroidery. This issue of PieceWork is now on sale if you would like to read the entire article.

Kopanang Community Trust

During my adult life I have tried to have one project that I work on that helps other people or makes the world a better place to live. My projects have varied over the years. In the 1980s my job with the US Geological Survey included a project through USAID to bring geothermal energy to San Miguel, Azores, where rural areas might have no electricity. Even in the towns service was unreliable. In the 1990s I inventoried plants in a new regional park to document species and especially to document endangered species. In the 2000s most of my  work was through the local schools as I had three children at home. My children are through or nearly though college now and I have been thinking it is time to concentrate my efforts on a new project. But what?

Last week I decided on a new project – actually it’s more like increasing my participation in an ongoing interest of mine. In August I attended BlogHer ’11 with my daughter. It’s a conference for women (mostly) who blog, many of whom address health, family and other social issues. Johnson & Johnson had a booth there but instead of displaying their products they were highlighting their philanthropic efforts and how bloggers could get involved. One of the groups that they  featured was Kopanang Community Trust and the display featured two embroidered tapestries made by the women at Kopanang. For years I have been interested in organizations that help poor women by teaching them skills that they can use to support themselves and their families. I gravitate toward those groups that produce and market needlework. I have supported these organizations and women through purchase of needlework products in the past, I have a small but growing collection of arpilleras, molas, Indian embroideries, and Egyptian braidwork, but it has been when I happened to stumble across such a group. My new plan is to do a more systematic job of seeking out, supporting and promoting these groups. This includes occasionally blogging about the people and organizations here so watch for my posts and support the women if you can.

Today I want to introduce you to the Kopanang Community Trust in South Africa.  A broader overview of the project can be read here. I fell in love with the water buffalo on the second tapestry and hope he will be living at my house soon.

Embroidered Icelandic Angel

Posted by April 30, 2011

I spied this beautiful embroidered angel when I was in Iceland recently. She and several other similar angels are embroidered on a 16th century altar cloth. I am amazed at how well preserved it is. The background and dress fabrics are velvets. The couched strips are leather. She’s surrounded by stars and a couched leather halo. She just might be my Christmas card this year.