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Simply Samplers – A Give-Away!

Because it’s Friday…because we’ve all made it to the end of another week…because it’s Raining in Kansas (which is always happy news in August!)…today’s a perfect day for a give-away! And today, courtesy of Stackpole Books, I’m giving away a copy of Cheryl Fall’s Simply Samplers, which I reviewed earlier this week. Simply Samplers is […]

More Embroidery on the Wing & the Growth of Orts

What do you get when you cross a hummingbird wing, a frustrated embroiderer, the wrong colors, and a pair of sharp scissors? Right. A larger orts pile. I’m sure there’s a joke in there. If I tried really hard, I could probably string this whole thing out into a series of lousy puns. But I’m […]

Monograms for Hand Embroidery – I, J Daisy & Rings

Whenever I come across monograms for an I or the J (or is the J or the I?) in old publications, I mourn the absence of one or the other, or at least of one distinct from the other. In old monogram alphabets, it is very common to see only the I or the J. […]

Secret Garden Embroidery: Winging It!

I mean that literally. I’m winging it on the Secret Garden embroidery project right now – just testing some approaches on the wings, trying this and that, and changing my mind and starting over. It’s not necessarily the best approach in the world, if you’re trying to be an efficient embroiderer! That little center part […]

Simply Samplers – Book Review

Simply Samplers by Cheryl Fall is a delightful instructional book for hand embroidery and cross stitch, great for beginners! The book is suitable for adults who are getting into embroidery for the first time, and I also found it perfect for handing off to youngsters, to give them a good foundation for stitchery with plenty […]

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What type of textile arts are you interested in?
Hand embroidery of all types!
What's your favorite type of needlework?
Self-taught, reading, reading, and practice, practice, and more practice. And reading. And practice.
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At 18:12 on August 16, 2014, Elaine Cochrane said…

Mary, I'm incredibly honoured that you liked what I did to your design! You are, of course, free to add it to your file of how others have worked your lovely patterns.

At 23:40 on August 8, 2014, Faye C said…

Mary just wondering if its me or are others having problems transferring photos over from flickr at the mo.It has happened in the past then righted it self but doesn't look like doing that this time.

At 17:24 on July 29, 2014, Sylvia Tsang said…

Thanks for letting me know!

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At 19:20 on March 23, 2013, Frances Taylor said…

hi Mary


Your work is absolutely fabulous - lovely stitching, such expertise and perfection. Thanks for sharing



At 17:12 on February 26, 2013, susie said…


I'm a big fan and long time follower of your stitches. I am so happy to be here and have found it to be so inspiring, resourceful & friendly!   happy stitching! 

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I'm sorry Mary, I did see your friend request until now!
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Let me hear about your interests!
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Mary, I have been a long time follower of Needle and Thread.  I'm excited to join Stitchin' Fingers. I know I will learn much more from you.


At 2:47 on January 11, 2013, Majo van der Woude said…

Thank you Mary for welcoming me at Stitchin' Fingers.



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