Summer stitching any chance I get

I began stitching on an old piece of linen during my flight to Quebec to install my work for the Biennale du Lin (see here).  @June 12th.

The blue lines on the fabric were intended for embroidery to create a pillow top for a chair and davenport set. 

Nevertheless, I stitch what comes to mind and then let it go.
The fabric is approximately 36 inches long and 17 inches wide.

Here are a series of photos in process of this little work.


I began by drawing a tear-drop shape on the back of the fabric and then stitched from the back-side.



Thinking I may rip out this section and re-stitch, or maybe not.

Continued to stitch during our drive to Cincinnati to visit and held it up to the sunlight. 

Amid a week filled with having a 10 yard dumpster delivered so that G and I could clean the basement with the help of strong adult nephews.
 still managed to throw in a few stitches every evening


I'll decide whether to fill in more shapes with french knots to make it all black and make other decisions once it's completely stitched. 

Hope you are finding something good to do with your hands or eyes or mind or body. 

Workshop Announcement for April 2018 in Switzerland

I'm teaching a workshop at in Switzerland
April 12 - 15, 2018.

Discovering a Mindful Stitching Practice

Collection of stitching on leaves and on fabric

You will be guided through exercises to translate what you see, think, or dream into hand stitched work.The workshop has been designed with the textile artist in mind.

(if you are in the USA, you would fly to Zurich, then take a plane to Lugano, Switzerland). 

And it's only a 1 hour bus ride to Milan.

What is TexArtAcademy?
Founded and expertly organized by Marlis Egger, It's an International meeting point for quilters and textile artists and offers 4-day creative seminars.

In the Italian part of Switzerland in a Hotel located high in the mountains,
Hotel Il Castagno, CH-6939 Mugena/TI

And I'm told it's an hour's bus ride to Milan, or Lake Como
(if you prefer...think George Clooney's villa)

Who has taught there?
Dorothy Caldwell, Dijanne Cevaal, Jette Clover, Linda Colsh, Ruth Issett, Cherilyn Martin, Sandra Meech, Alicia Merrett, Melanie Testa, Els van Baarle

Summer events part 1

Hello there.  This is the first of 3 posts I've written about where I've been lately... Enjoy!

I'm excited to tell you about the workshop I conducted in early June this year.
First I taught "Spontaneous Hand stitching" for Fiber577 at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, Ohio. The location couldn't have been better, it's located right on the Maumee river where the house, barns, cottage, orchard, etc all all kept in pristine condition under the careful watch of the Foundation employees and volunteers to help take ecological care of the land and fosters exploration, experimentation, personal enjoyment and creativity in education.

I taught in the cottage where we had a kitchen, nice workshop space and cool and comfortable sitting area. It was a fairytale location with a stellar group of women. 

On Friday evening I gave a lecture in the library of the main house. There was a sold out crowd of 50. The entire staff at the 577 Foundation is fabulous and spend a great deal of time and care to make sure every detail is covered. I'd teach there again in a heartbeat.