Thursday, January 20, 2022

Two 'Casketeers' Take Exciting New Steps to Share Their Knowledge

I am super excited to let those who haven't been watching the internet-sphere that two of our casketeers have taken some new steps in their sharing of their tremendous design acumen.  I am proud to have played a small role in encouraging and mentoring these new ventures as I really want to help ensure that there is a next generation of fabulous teachers.  It is payback for the amazing teachers - Shay Pendray, Mary Dick Diggs, Judy Jeroy, and Joanne Harvey who saw what I might have to give in the future and decided to mentor me and not see me as a threat.  Their generosity requires that I pass it along to bright talent that crosses my path.

We have all known that Rachael Kinnison is a tremendous artist, teacher, business woman, etc. for years and had been really enjoying travel teaching to some fine events in England and the east-coast pre-covid.  Rachael seems to master any media she touches!  The shut down with covid seemed like the perfect time to establish an online teaching presence.  Rachael was going to teach a beaded piece at a small seminar that had to be canceled in 2020 and I just couldn't watch so much preparation sit on the shelf!  So we worked together to have my site secretly host the course so she could learn to build out her own and bring her computer/internet infrastructure up to where it needed to be to host her own Online Academy.  It has been fun to get the inside scoop on what is coming and help with all the frustrating bits about web building.  Just last week the final edits were finished and I 'test drove' the new site.  So excited and I think I was the first to sign up for her gummed-silk casket course!!

Katie Strachan has graced our eyeballs with amazing works of original embroidery and beading as well for several years on NING.  She has had an independent show of her works at the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design, doing small projects with them and a lovely talk about her stumpwork.  I secretly popped up in the talk - looking to see if her speaking was as awesome as her design and technique and it was!  Then I conspired with Access Commodities to ambush her.  :-)  Lamora and I convinced Katie that she was going to be the next 'it' girl in needlework.  Both Lamora and I believe that Katie is the bridge between our older audience of historic needlework fanatics (you have to admit, we are a bit fanatic!) and the younger generation who have a different color sense and desire for creative exploration.  So regular zooms commenced to talk about the business of needlework and the ways in which she could reach out to the next generation of embroiderers began.  I know she has been noted!  Her floss tube videos have gained an audience and I won't spoil the surprises - but watch Katie for a lot more really great stuff!!  She has all kinds of things cooking.  

As I study the caskets and the long time period they were popular, it is unescapable that the teaching went over generations of women with originators and those who picked up the mantel and expanded the reach and scope.  I am excited to see what they do next!!

Saturday, December 25, 2021

12th Day of Christmas - Merry Christmas

The last Christmas Giveaway is a wonderful set of postcards of 17th century embroidered gloves.  If you are interested - please send an email to with GLOVES in the subject line.  Put your address in the body of the message.  Send it before midnight on Dec 26th.

I hope your families are able to be together.  Merry Christmas and try to stay healthy.


Friday, December 24, 2021

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 11

Today's giveaway is a set of Tokens and Trifles Bon Bon shapes and a magazine with a pattern to use them.  If you are interested, send an email with BON BON in the subject line to  Put your address in the body of the message.  Send by midnight on Dec 25th.

Sorry the blog went up late today.  It isn't going to be a good Christmas for us.  


Thursday, December 23, 2021

12-Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 10

On the 10th day before Christmas ...I was a bit distracted...canceling flights, making new ones, testing a teen for some greek letter - yes just the general chaos that is life these days!  

So in a moment before the next mini-emergency that life throws at us, a lovely giveaway!  A whole bunch of metal threads (faux) from various makers.  Fun to add sparkle to some project you are doing - especially Christmas ornaments.

To get in on the Giveaway - email me at with SPARKLE in the subject line.

Email your address for if you win and send by midnight of Dec 24th!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 9

On the 9th day of Christmas we have two Christmas ornament magazines from Just Cross Stitch.  To get on a chance to have these sent to you - please send an email to with ORNAMENT in the subject line and your address in the message - send by midnight on Dec 23rd to be entered.

Doing this giveaway is a perfect experiment in reading instructions.  I would say 25% of the entries are missing the address!  As stitchers who read my blog tend not to be daily readers of their email and sometimes not even weekly readers of email, I don't chase down winners to get an address as it just isn't practical.  Second most common error is omitting your country if from somewhere other than the US.  :-)  But I do enjoy the 'hellos' that are in those emails as that is the most likely content.  :-)  


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Sorry I am posting a little late today - I got absorbed in my tasks at hand. Today's giveaway is a set of Kreinik #4 Braid in some jewel tone colors - perfect for some Christmas ornaments for next year.

If you are interested - send me an email at with KREINIK JEWELS in the subject line.

Then add your full address so I can mail it if you win.  Many people forget this step making the odds better for others...

Send it by midnight on the 22nd of December to enter


Monday, December 20, 2021

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 7

Today's giveaway on the 7th day of Christmas is a set of postcards of samplers.  

If you are interested in the postcard set:

1. Please send me an email to:

2. Put SAMPLER in the subject line

3. Add your name and address because I won't be looking you up.  :-) 

Send by midnight EST Dec 21st.