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April 10, 2015
Love - An Experiment in Embroidery from ***Skook's Playground***

I love to make things.  Conceiving of an idea, picking out patterns and fabrics, and putting it all together brings me all kinds of gladness in my heart.  In general when I start a project, I have someone in mind.  That person drives every single choice I make even if the overall vibe is something that pleases me.  There's a delicate balance between making something that will please someone else and making something that will please me.

This is why, for me, gifts are more enjoyable to make than commissions.  Don't get me wrong, the experiences I've ...

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April 9, 2015
Feeling a Bit Stitchy Actually from ***Skook's Playground***

When I was a kid, my mom taught me how to cross stitch.  She has been avid stitcher for as long as I can remember, and as many young girls would say about their moms, I wanted to be just like her.

This is neither me, nor my mom.  But I was pretty young when I first learned.  You get the idea:

Learning to Cross-Stitch
[Image by Squiggle via Flickr used under CC]

I was never a great cross stitcher.  Sure, I completed a few small projects.  I struggled through but eventually learned how to do half stitches, french knots, and backstitches.  I ...

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October 29, 2014
Studio update – new spool racks from Blue Square Quilting

My sister is my blog’s biggest fan and has been giving me a hard time for not posting anything since June. She is right of course. So this one if for you, Frédérique !

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I do all my work in my converted attic. An attic has obvious challenges in terms of storage, mainly due to the lack of straight walls. Over the last couple of years, I have accumulated a large number of big thread spools that I stored in plastic containers. And because they were stored ...

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