A Year in Stitch

The next circle started out as a flower design in the sketchbook, but I simplified  it. The center is Trellis Stitch. The rest is Chain stitch and Running stitch done in embroidery floss and matt silk.


Fabric Book

The next set of stitched circles that I showed before is now bound into a cloth book. This one was a challenge as the wool background was too thick to turn under and hand stitch closed over the book board. I couldn’t do that and then join the pages with Knotted Cretan Stitch.

It sat on the table in the studio for a long time. Finally I fused ribbons to each side of the open edge and zigzagged them in place. The long ends of the ribbons were tired to each successive page.

Year in Stitch

The same colors are last week but another design. The stitches are chain stitch and running stitch. The threads are perle cotton and matt silk.

Bead Journal Project

October and fall colors. The antique buttons are held in place and surrounded by beads in sizes ll and 8. The surround is back stitch. The background is hand painted cotton.

Year in Stitch

This is the next 3 inch stitched circle using Perle Cotton and Matt Silk threads. The stitches in the center are facing Buttonhole stitches in the two colors. The rest is stitched in Chain Stitch and Running Stitch.


The last few years I’ve taken classes at the Portland Art and Soul from Liz Kettle in creating things using unusual supplies and also in printing.

I decided that making pages and turning them into a book was a good way to keep them arranged-better than putting them in a box-and more fun.

It’s an accordion book with the plain back facing a texture page, so the textures would be protected.Liz book 2

Year in Stitch

I made the final piece into a wall hanging. It’s about 20 by 24 inches. I used invisible thread to quilt the center and cotton for the rest using a waving free stitch-not programmed. It seemed to need the binding.