That's VULVACULAR!

About my process: I mount white cotton fabric in a 12 inch hoop and place it against an image on my computer screen. Using water-soluble pen I trace a line drawing directly to the fabric and stitch that with a single strand of DMC floss. With the outline complete, I rinse the piece and allowe it to dry fully before beginning to apply my water color paints.

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Why Lemonade?

I put down my skates (and bike and snowboard and hockey stick and running shoes, etc.) to pick up the needle in January of 2016 when I abruptly found myself in a wheelchair. One day I was at practice, the next I had some fluid drained from my knee and then BOOM: pain so bad I couldn't walk. It was inconceivable that I was an athlete one day and unable to walk the next. I set about finding a solution and pulled out my sewing box. Some people self medicate with food and alcohol; my drug of choice is fabric and floss.

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Reflecting On The Call For Art

So here's a quick run down:

Search "Call For Artists" to find one that resonates with you. You can google, crowd source, reach out to a local gallery, whatever, there are always galleries calling out for art. Then simply submit your response via email, attach some great pictures, include a link to your website if you have one and wait for the response. If you have a well curated Instagram account with a minimal amount of personal clutter include that too. So there you have it: Exhibiting Your Work 101.  

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Getting a Design on Fabric and a Short Rant About “Artists”

When it’s well executed, I love embroidery in almost any form. Sometimes the simplest piece evokes feeling and the voice inside my head cheers, “THIS IS ART AND IT’S GLORIOUS!” Other times I look at someone’s work with a bit of wonder and marvel over how it’s made.

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Six Stitching Secrets

1.    Never try to shove all six strands through a needle. Unless you’re stitching on a loose weave, you’ll ruin your fingers and possibly mess with the fabric doing this. If you want to use all 6 strands, separate a long length of three, thread those three and tie at the bottom.

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Shelly Who?

I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my two amazingly brilliant kids (9 and 10) and adoring husband. As I write this the daughter is barfing in the toilet but I'm on a roll here so I'm not getting up to go pat her back. 

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