Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Merit Badges at Gallery Hanahou

January 28, 2009

Here are my three merit badges for the show at Gallery Hanahou:

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Heart


If I Only Had Some Guts

Embroidery Show at Gallery Hanahou

January 28, 2009

The Forget Me-Not embroidery show at Gallery Hanahou in SOHO opens Feb. 6.


Beadwitched Earrings

October 7, 2008
Beadwitched Earrings

Beadwitched Earrings

Beading Daily has published the instructions for my wirework witches. They are available for free from now until October 27, 2008.

Flocked Beads Appear in Beadwork Magazine

October 7, 2008
Customized Color Flocked Beads

Customized Color Flocked Beads

Beadwork magazine published my hand-colored beads in their October-November 2008 issue. All you need is some of these oval flocked beads you can buy at Michaels or JoAnns Fabrics and a selection of felt markers, some fine for detailing. A colorless blender also comes in handy to get a wet-on-wet effect.

Medieval Embroidery Research

May 18, 2008

I’ve been in a research frenzy the past few weeks, following my interest in medieval embroidery via the books I picked up in England last year, public libraries and the web.

I’ve just about finished my crewel piece, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It’s a little too large for my scanner bed and I haven’t gotten it photographed yet. I also haven’t decided if the related medallions will be attached separately or stitched onto and overlapping the main panel.

I’ve discovered a number of great resources that I will pass on. I will be creating “static” web pages so that the resources will be easier to track for those doing parallel work.

What I’ve been doing

March 27, 2008

Here’s a snippet of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

from Tree embroidery

a crewel embroidery I’ve been working on for over a year now.

Layers of Meaning

March 27, 2008

Serena Fenton’s Layers of Meaning is a truly fine blog. I’m shamed for not having posted since October here, and beginning to wonder if I should re-think my intentions in blogging, but more on that later.

For interesting content on visual work from a textile sensibility, go visit L o M.

Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

October 11, 2007

Christine de Pizan at Her Computer


Christine de Pizan at Her Computer was published recently as an illustration in Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. This was honor enough in itself, but the passage she wrote (and in the final pages!) feels like a tribute to the work. You’ll have to get your own copy of the text, since I won’t publish what she wrote without permission here, except for “A woman who writes her own stories has no fear of demons, Yaeger’s emblem seems to say. That is an idea worth contemplating.”

The book itself, as described on the jacket, is a celebration of “a renaissance in history, inspired by amateurs, activists and professional historians.” It’s a delightful, quick read; how can it be rich and light at the same time? You can bounce around in it without getting lost and I’m not quite sure why this is so, but I have a feeling it’s the skill of the writer combined with extensive scholarship.

Where’s my custom header, wordpress?

September 16, 2007

Here’s what the missing header looks like:stbanner.jpg

Recently Commissioned Merit Badges

September 16, 2007

When Shelley Savage Caw turned 40, her family decided that my merit badges would be a great way to help her celebrate. I created these two pieces:



Shelley’s Grey Hair:

Shelley’s Grey Hair

for a woman with one of the loveliest heads of salt-and-pepper hair I’ve seen. Thanks to the Savage family for thinking of this one.

In 2006, I was asked to create a hysterectomy merit badge. At the time I couldn’t believe that I had never thought of this one, but it was in fact missing from my series of merit badges. I intend to include every significant event that could be seen as a female rite of passage, and will continue to create images like this. I appreciate being reminded that there are many life events that deserve to be celebrated or commemorated through my work. Here is Hysterectomy, stitched in 2006: