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October 19, 2021
Pain, Grief and Showing up Anyway from Where Art & Life Meet

So here’s the thing…  I feel a whole lot better when I show up even when I feel awful, even when I feel things are rough and I’m tired, even when I don’t want to.  I’ve also learned that showing up anyway is the single best remedy for not continuing to feel that way. Except […]

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October 14, 2021
This Too Is Grief from Where Art & Life Meet

Stitch, put on the design wall, evaluate, consider, take down, add a new element, stitch, put back up on the design wall, take a photograph, consider, have an idea, take down, thread up a new color, take a chance, take a risk, take a breath, stitch and then the tears arrive.  Not a few drops […]

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October 5, 2021
Remembering My Mother and Stitching Anyway from Where Art & Life Meet

This blog is a reminder of my mother.  She was my biggest supporter and commented over the years more than anyone else. It was through this blog that I often kept in touch with her and towards the end it was the one full proof way I knew I could reach her, especially when my […]

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August 27, 2021
Embellishing @ John C. Campbell on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


Jennifer Reis stitching her latest piece

First of all, I want to apologize for taking a break from blogging.  I've have been having some health issues this summer which I think are finally behind me!  Still they didn't stop me from making the 11 hour trip to John C. Campbell Folk School.  After getting cancelled out of two - YES TWO! - classes in 2020, I wasn't going to miss this year.

This time, I was lucky enough to snag a spot in Jennifer Reis' Embellishment class.  We spent the week first learning (or refreshing) all sorts of hand ...

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August 12, 2021
Prepping for Africa from Where Art & Life Meet

Off we go on our grand adventure to Africa tomorrow! Here is a little recap of the last 24 hours… Yesterday: Wake up to find we have been sent a notification from the airlines that our flight has been cancelled. Wait, what?!??? My heart skips a beat, a precursor to the flood of panic that […]

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August 10, 2021
Livestreaming, My Bernina & Africa from Where Art & Life Meet

As it turns out the bobbin winder on my new Bernina is broken. Silly me, thinking I could wind the bobbin upside down, I didn’t realize this until it was too late, and it did us both in. Off to the shop it will go, but in the meantime, I continue to fine tune my […]

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August 5, 2021
Stitching, Sewing & Cats from Where Art & Life Meet

There are still spaces left for The Basics Workshop! This workshop is for any and all who want to learn basic design concepts, techniques, stitches and have lots and lots of fun. Hurry and sign up now before it fills up. I did a livestream for my Patrons yesterday using my newly organized space and […]

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July 27, 2021
Visiting my Mother from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been traveling. Though I must say that though this trip to visit my mother and sister is a long one, involving connections and then an hour and a half drive, it was about as flawless and easy as traveling can be during these bizarre times. First off, the La Guardia Airport has done an […]

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July 22, 2021
The Joy of Taking a Pat Pauly Workshop & Panic from Where Art & Life Meet

As I mentioned in my last post, I put my hand stitching aside in order to take a Pat Pauly virtual workshop. It was all about line, setting, composition and boy did she pack a lot into those two days. So much fun! I’m not a quilter. I just have to say that. I mean […]

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July 9, 2021
From Wedding Dress to Teddy Bear from Joy of Quilting

 I recently transformed a Wedding Dress into a Memory Bear.

When I was ask to do this I did think long and hard about it for a couple of months.

In the end I decided I quite fancied the Challenge.

I've made plenty of Teddy Bears over the years. BUT never one in Silk.

Here is the rather beautiful and elegant Wedding Dress. Classy and understated I'd say.

The Pattern

It took a while for me to choose a Teddy Pattern. I wanted one that reflected the personality of the Dress. Which in turn I hoped would reflect ...

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May 22, 2021
Japanese Boro Bag from Joy of Quilting

 

Here is a link to the Japanese Boro Bag Tutorial I used to make my own Boro Bag below.

And read about Sashiko and Boro Work


This tutorial has lovely pics and some basic instructions. I'm just going to go into a little bit of detail on how I put this bag together for those of you who need a little more detail. So this post is not how to make the bag. The Japanese Boro Bag Tutorial link above does that. This post simply gives a little more detail of how I made the Boro Bag. So follow ...

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May 13, 2021
Variegated Thread Dyeing & New Workshops! from Where Art & Life Meet

Not easily deterred, I just placed an order for a few different threads that I will experiment with for dyeing. For those of you who heard about my previous thread dyeing fiasco, you will be shaking your head in disbelief. I know, I know, I don’t have a wet studio, I barely have a “studio”, […]

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April 22, 2021
MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

Yesterday I had to have an MRI because I’ve been getting headaches that often wake me in the middle of the night. I was quite sure I was fine, but it’s a precaution and being an adult and all, it seemed the responsible thing to do. So off I went feeling I’d prepared myself adequately.… Continue reading MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching

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MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

Yesterday I had to have an MRI because I’ve been getting headaches that often wake me in the middle of the night. I was quite sure I was fine, but it’s a precaution and being an adult and all, it seemed the responsible thing to do. So off I went feeling I’d prepared myself adequately. […]

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March 30, 2021
WIP Wednesday #489 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

This is it folks! The last linkup for the Canadian Needle and Thread Network. Thank so much for joining us over the past eight years. I wish you all the best in future – may your needles be sharp and your thread never break, may you find inspiration everywhere, and have time to create. 

Sincerely, 

Nicole, Handwrought Quilts

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).







Do you know that you don't have to have ...

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March 25, 2021
What's Stitching? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Over the course of the last two weeks, Teri shared about the first installment of our Village Wanderings project that she taught at the Academy of Appliqué. Much to my dismay, I (Kara) was unable to make the trip to the Academy this year, due to travel restrictions here in Europe. We did a little stitching session via video, but it wasn't quite the same. Although the lockdown is quite restrictive here in Germany, I have been keeping the stitching home fires burning for future projects, and today, I thought I would share some little picture hints of what ...

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March 23, 2021
WIP Wednesday #488 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

A quick reminder folks that this is the penultimate linkup! 

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).







Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to at each of the links above. Edited to add: your Instagram account has to be public for others to see your work! 



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March 16, 2021
WIP Wednesday #487 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

Happy Tuesday friends! I picked up a fun print of fabric that I've cut up and am playing with. It's either going to be a hot mess or a really fun project. Wish me luck!

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).







Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to ...

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New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I am doing a new 5-day workshop! Improvisational Stitching! But what does that mean, exactly? Well funny you should ask, because I’ve given it a great deal of thought. Improvisational Stitching is what I call what I do when I begin with a piece of fabric, usually a piece of hand dyed linen, with no… Continue reading New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop!

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March 11, 2021
Vaccinations & Silk Cocoons from Where Art & Life Meet

First things first. There are just TWO spots left for my Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop on Saturday, March 20th. So if you want to reserve a space, you’ll need to let me know right away! For those of you who watched my livestream the other day, you’ll know what happened when I cut into… Continue reading Vaccinations & Silk Cocoons

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