I am a librarian and artist that lives in Newport News Virginia. My work is shown at the Primrose in historic Hilton Village in Newport News, Virginia.
I have been sewing since I was 10 years old. I first started with sewing, then I became interested in cross-stitch. My grandmother would make clothes and sit and do cross-stitch and she taught me the basics. Through the years, I have picked up various other skills. The most interesting thing for me, is to find antique patterns that I can stitch back to life. The majority of my work consists of original designs. I began to hone my cross-stitch skills about ten years ago. Then, I experimented with blackwork and eventually free style embroidery. I also try to incorporate beads/beadwork within my designs. As an artist, I find it hard to stick to a pattern and tend to go off and either improve on what I see or add my own style to a piece. I typically work with evenweave fabric, but linen works well for some of my projects. Most are stitches in cotton floss and perle, but occasionally I use silk floss for special pieces. Sometimes I use semi-precious stones to add something extra to a piece I am working on. Lately, I have been working with wool and wool blend felts.
I draw inspiration from the area I live in, the nature around me, and the colors that I pick and choose for a piece. I like to collect books on stitching to get general ideas for items. The fun part is making it my own and putting my own creative twist on a certain design. That is when the artist takes over and creations truly blossom. Most of my inspiration is drawn from flowers, plants and insects. My work celebrates nature and the wonder and beauty it gives us.
Other creative outlets include: watercolor, photography, digital graphics/photo restoration and gardening/houseplants.