Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fabric Jewelry with a Tropical Punch

I was sent a package of Tropical Punch Beads and jewelry components
 to design a piece of jewelry with.

I decided to make something that was bright and colorful and that 
I felt was authentic to my own personal style.

So following the instructions from a fabric bead tutorial that I recently posted,
I decided to create a necklace made out of fabric beads, fabric and the 
Tropical Punch beads that I got.


I decided to make a necklace that was colorful, bohemian in style, 
but still consistent with the retro-Brazilian vibe of the
Tropical Punch line.

Using fabric with the Tropical Punch line of beads worked well.
The beads are strong and colorful, and are a great way to 
embellish a variety of jewelry items.

Monday, May 25, 2015

spotlight on the work table

The Metropolitan Museum of Art- NYC

Bear and Faun- Morningside Park NYC

St. Thomas Episcopal Church NYC

There has been a lot of creative and fun things orbiting around me lately....between my daughter's high school performance in The Laramie Project, and the making of fabric oddities and fabric beads for my May STITCHED class, and my awesome 43rd birthday to name a few.

This 'spotlight on the work table" is a hodge podge of photos.

St. Patrick's Cathedral NYC

These are some of the fabric beads and oddities I am teaching within STITCHED.
These little beaded morsels that I call Strawberry Beads and Loop-D-Loop beads are super colorful and pretty easy to make.
The next class is an intro to needle tatting...and the list goes on below.
Join STITCHED for a year full of sewing projects that you can work on at your own pace.

May: Fabric Beads
June: Needle Tatting
July: Art Yarn Making (the Alma Stoller way)
August: Odd Birds
September: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
October: She's So Unusual (Art Quilt)
November: The Taxidermist's Apprentice ( an Art Doll Class)
December: Handmade Winter Wear
January: Lace Making
February: Home Decor Basics
March: Rag and Scrap Quilts

The High Line NYC

Turtle Pond Central Park NYC

Freedom Tower 9/11 Memorial

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to make Fabric Beads:
Video Tutorial and Giveaway:
STITCHED blog hop

I love making and designing fabric beads. 

Over the years, I have posted a few fabric bead tutorials in this blog...
you can find one HERE and HERE.

Most of my designs can be found in my class called Fabric Beads 
including these beads that I like to call The Rings of Saturn.

These  beads are super easy to make and a great way to use fabric scraps and 
recycle jersey and stretchy t-shirts fabrics.
Here is a video tutorial that I hope you enjoy.
When finished these beads look like colorful pieces of candy.


As you can see from the video, these are super easy to make.

In the past few weeks, I have designed 5 new fabric beads....
I will be sharing those designs with you in May via STITCHED.

STITCHED is a year long collection of online classes and 
every month, I post a new class in the STITCHED site.
STITCHED started in March 2015 and it will end in March 2016.

Here is my list of monthly classes:

March: The Ladies of the Canyon (Art Quilt)
April: Random Stitch Crochet
May: Fabric Beads
June: Needle Tatting
July: Art Yarn Making (the Alma Stoller way)
August: Odd Birds
September: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
October: She's So Unusual (Art Quilt)
November: The Taxidermist's Apprentice ( an Art Doll Class)
December: Handmade Winter Wear
January: Lace Making
February: Home Decor Basics
March: Rag and Scrap Quilts

Read more about STITCHED here. 
You can register anytime.

To win this box of Fabric Beads, simply leave a comment below.
A winner will be randomly selected via 
and announced here on Friday April 24th 2015.

the winner is:
 Congratulations. Please email me your mailing address.

There are more Tutorials and Giveaways.

 Here are the other instructors in the STITCHED Blog Hop:

April 2nd: Carrie at

April 6th: Carmi at

April 7th: Lidija at

April 9th: Hanna at

Thursday, April 2, 2015


This week some of the STITCHED instructors and I are hosting a blog hop.
I will be posting on April 10th.
Check out the list below.
These awesome instructors are posting some 
tutorials and giveaways that I am sure you won't want to miss.

Be sure to visit the blogs below:
April 6th: Carmi at
April 7th: Lidija at
April 9th: Hanna at

Friday, March 13, 2015

winter boots

After a long and frigid winter, I am happy to finally be done with my non-uggs boots.
goodbye winter, hello spring.....finally.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


STITCHED has started and it is soooo much fun.
As the host, I am having a blast.....creating and sewing up a storm.

watch the video below:

STITCHED instructors:

Lesley Riley, Lynn Krawczyk, Celeste Beck, Hanna Andersson,
Lidija Miklavcic, Alma Stoller, Carmi Cimicata, and Carrie Payne.

Some of the STITCHED classes:

Block of the Month projects:

This is the first project we are working on.
Watch the free video instructions below:

The first giveaway is this awesome little Janome sewing machine.
It is simply a delight.
It is a neon pink/fuchsia color and makes a great traveling machine.
This is the first giveaway item hosted in the STITCHED site.

Read more about STITCHED 
and join the fun at:

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Monday, February 2, 2015

STITCHED 2015 instructors

I am so excited to announce another round of STITCHED.
I started STITCHED in 2012. It was so much fun to offer an entire year of
sewing, fabric and textile art classes.
This year, I have changed the format a bit and have added even 
more content to the STITCHED workshop.

STITCHED 2015 consists of:

-seven online classes by an eclectic group of artists.
Hanna Andersson, Lynn Krawczyk, Celeste Beck, 
Lesley Riley, Lidija Miklavcic, Carrie Payne and Carmi Cimicata.

-In addition, I will post a new online class every month for the entire year.
Everything from doll making, silk ribbon embroidery and crochet, including two art quilt classes called Ladies of the Canyon and She's so Unusual.

a view of my online STITCHED class called Ladies of the Canyon

- There will also be a 12 x 12 Block-of-the-Month every month.

- and 6 giveaway prizes that any registered STITCHED student can win.

STITCHED 2015 will last an entire year. 
It starts March 1st 2015 and ends March 1st, 2016. 
It is hosted in a private site.
It consists of over 25 online video instructions for only 

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Hanna Andersson

iHanna is a mixed media artist, writer and embroiderer who shares all of her creative adventures on her blog. Twice each year she hosts an international mail art swap with participants from all over the world. iHanna is a fan of notebooks, glittery embroidery floss and iced coffee. She paints, draws and doodles in her art journal, creates art collages and small art quilts that features acrylic paint as well as stitching. She has also published photo books and created a lot of wooly softies.
iHanna lives in Sweden and has turned her home into a creative studio.”

Hanna is teaching a class called Stitch with Love

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Carrie Payne

Carrie Payne is a mixed media fiber artist and quilter enjoying imperfect moments and embracing mistakes.  She combines fabric, thread, paper and found objects to create art quilts and other stitched fun.  Her current work is an adventure in happiness with art quilts that feature bicycles, kids playing and girls in dimensional dresses. Along with her studio work, Carrie has written articles, designed fabric and patterns and taught classes on art quilting. 
Carrie lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and two cats. 

Carrie is teaching a class called
Magpie Girl Art Quilt

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Lidija Miklavčič

Lidija is a self-employed fashion designer with an interest in all sorts of arts and crafts.  
She designs and sells her sewing patterns via her Etsy shop called Tutorial Girl
She is passionate about free motion sewing and recycling.
She enjoys repurposing old clothing into functional everyday items and creative works of art.
She lives with her family in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Lidija is teaching a class called Doodle Stitch

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Lynn Krawczyk

Lynn is a textile designer and author living in Michigan. Her main focus in her artwork is using surface design to custom tailor the fabric being used in a project. She is the author of the best seller, “Intentional Printing,” and has a line of fabric with Red Rooster Fabrics called INKED. She teaches via DVD workshop through Interweave and her personal motto is that if something stands still long enough, it’s possible to try printing on it. In her spare time she argues with her rescue dog, Carter, over who gets the best corner of the sofa (guess who usually wins?). 
You can learn more about her at: 

Lynn is teaching a class called
Stencil Mania Textile Collage

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Celeste Beck

R. Celeste Beck is a co-owner and resident fiber artist at Goatfeathers Studio, a mixed media and fiber art space dedicated to the creation and sharing of her love of textiles. In the last few years, Celeste has focused her artistic energies on learning new techniques.  This journey has led her to explore working with surface design in the form of rusted and dyed fabrics that have been stitched, stamped and stenciled, plus a variety of digital and fabric art manipulations that show her love for the world of whimsy.  Her pieces have hung in local galleries.  In 2014 one of her quilted creations was displayed at the Worlds Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Florida. 
 She lives in north Florida with her two labs, a miniature schnauzer, three cats, twelve chickens and her husband and soul mate of 46 years.    

Celeste is teaching a class called
Snarky Purse and Magical Fabric Cuff

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Carmi Cimicata

Carmi Cimicata is an artist who specializes in resin crafts, DIY jewelry and wearable art pieces.  
She is a social media designer who writes daily blog posts demonstrating different craft and jewelry making techniques for several companies.  Her love of vintage linens has her looking through piles of fabrics in every antique market she goes to.  Finding the unloved and possibly soon to be discarded items and upcycling them into jewelry is a passion. It is possible to preserve and permanently showcase fibers in resin and she will show you the best way to do that in her workshop.

Carmi is teaching a class called
Preserving Fiber Arts in Resin

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Lesley Riley
Lesley Riley wears many hats. She is an internationally known artist, art quilter, teacher, writer and Artist Success coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.

Her art and articles have appeared in too many places to keep count. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing new talent in mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. A second, Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Two more books, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Create with Transfer Artist Paper, introduced versatile new materials to the quilt and mixed media art world. A fifth book Creative Image Transfer debuted in 2014 Her 2013 self-published, best seller, Quotes Illustrated, was expanded and republished November 2014 by F&W Publications as Inspiring Quotes Illustrated. Lesley’s 8th book will be out at the end of 2015.

In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product. 

Lesley is the former host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, recording over 75 podcasts on art and the creative process through in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. Her passion and desire to help every artist reach their creative dreams and potential has led to a growing specialty as an Artist Success coach and mentor where she draws from her own experience, insight, and a knack for seeing the potential in everyone to provide guidance and solutions for artists of all levels.

Lesley creates her magic on an idyllic horse farm in Frederick, MD, where she lives in an empty nest with her high-school sweetheart husband. You’ll find her in her studio from sunup to sundown unless, of course, any of her seven granddaughters come to visit.

Stay connected and inspired! 
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Lesley is teaching a class called
Fragment Fabric Collage

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