Hello, my name is Alice and I am from British Columbia, Canada. Judi S invited me here, she stumbled across my fledgling blog.
I started quilting about 2 years ago, and am enjoying it immensely. I really enjoy learning, and quilting is filling that need.
I read somewhere in the vast expanse of the internet that "Quilting is cheaper than a psychiatrist", at this point I am inclined to agree - although I've never been to a psychiatrist but if the real one's charge anywhere near the "TV" ones... I would say this is a safe comment to make.
Quilting started as therapy, although I didn't realize it was doing that. And as they say... the rest is history.
I belong to another NING community, which is strictly quilters. It was started as a means for several of us who met on a "commercial" community, and when they were having problems, the group wanted to stay in touch.
I've also just started blogging (a couple of months ago) about my quilting adventures.
Looking forward to "reading" about all the wonderful people on this community, and all the creativeness.
Hi, I'm Sarah from Worcestershire in the UK; thanks for inviting me Sharon - I can't believe how quickly your community has grown in a fortnight!
I design and make lampshades from stitched plant paper using the technique of reverse applique, so quilting and applique are of particular interest, but having studied City and Guilds creative design and embroidery, I have dabbled in many forms of beading, hand and machine stitching, printing, felting etc.
My design inspiration comes from the colours and shapes in my garden and I blog a 'Bloom of the Week' which other members may find inspiring too.
Hello Sharon (waving from Perth). Have lately been making atc's as business cards, but they are walking out of the art gallery which has some of my textile stuff. I might have to give in and print some ordinary cards soon Just shibori dyeing some silk scarves to see if I can sell them in the Artists' Market which is held in Midland once a month.
I live in Boston, and I am a fiber artist. I hand-paint and sell yarns under the SockPixie name, I design knitting patterns, and I have just rediscovered my earlier passion for needlepoint. I am so excited about this new community.
my name is Vera, I'm a German , 59 years old with 3 daughters and 4 granddaughters. 3 years ago I married and moved to Switzerland.
I found this group by searching for old books and looking at " In a Minute Ago". And thank's to Sharon to start this group. It's a lot of work.
I love to stitch and since 30 years I stitch, teach and design Hardanger-Embroidery.
In these days I'm working on a rose in Hardanger for a Needlework Magazin from Switzerland.
Hi all, I'm Jane from the UK (NE originally but now in Lancashire). Have been a member of the group for a few days, but am still finding my way around and have just come across this thread so thought I would introduce myself. I am a student of traditional Japanese embroidery, a couple of my stitching colleagues are here as well, and although I don't do any other kind of embroidery it is great to see all the wonderful work everyone else is doing.
Various website details on my profile.
Hi, I am from the Netherlands and I like everything that's involving stitching, paint and fabric. My biggest problem is, I like to know everything about it, be a part of everything, want very much to know what is going on in Textile country and spend too much time on my computer instead of working.
Recognize that? I try to do some stitching every day, but something as Stitching fingers really interest me and I am trying to devide my time on my computer and my stitching (I have a fulltime job to) But it is hard.... how about another group of working and being an artist sounds :-)
Hi, I'm Claire Cousins, this is the first time that I have every used a site like this, the rest of you seem pros at negotiating your way around the site. I have never blogged or left messages like this before. Hope I do it right. I enjoy trying out all forms of textile whether it be feltmaking, machine embroidery, dyeing, painting , you name it and I have probably had a go. If anyone can give be any advice on how to use this web, I would appreciate it.
We may look like pros, Claire but it is an illusion. This site has been running less than a month so we are all quite new at this and enjoying learning together and sharing what we learn :)
Some of us have got to the stage where we click on anything just to see what happens and who cares if we 'do it right' or create a happy accident . If you have any specific question, someone will be moe than happy to help, other wise carry on enjoying the forums and welcome to stitching fingers.
I had already posted this to the Hand Quilting front page, then I found this more appropriate introduction forum after. Oh, well. Still getting a feel for the place. So, I'll just clone my first intro post, include an addendum to flesh it out some, and paste it here.
Group Noob here. Thrilled to have found this group and stitchinfingers. I have been doing hand embroidery since grade school--yes, that was a while ago. I enjoy any type of hand needle work. As a matter of fact, I am absolutely enthralled with textiles in general--especially contemporary and traditional ethnic. I find most of my inspiration comes from the work of others and am always interested in what other artists are doing.
I live on the west slope of the Continental Divide in Montana, USA. Yes it's pretty. Yes it's cold.
Although I mostly lurked the TAST, I did get to try some new stitches and discover some new favorites. Sharon, your stitch tutorials are of great value to me and I can't adequately express the full depth of my appreciation to you for taking the time and being so generous to the embroidery community.
In addition to a variety of needle crafts, I also paint. I discovered ATCs and Mail art a little over a year ago. It motivated me to start painting again after many years of doing no art at all. I am a traditionally trained artist--University--who ended up getting my degree in Veterinary Technology. Needless to say, my preferred subjects are any plant, animal, microbial life, organic forms and scientific illustration.
I love traditional, ethnic textiles also. Currently I am particularly interested in Ainu clothing design. Love the bold graphic patterns.
I do hand dye and paint fabrics--silk, hemp, cotton, and others to come. Natural fibers.
I hope to join the discussions and contribute to the group.