The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days!

Ok, I'm goin' for a new challenge. 
Faces... 28 in 29 days to be exact. 

I love faces. I've always had a thing for this should be great!

The piece above is called "Take Your Own Damn Picture"

It was created from a photo I took of myself. You have to know that I hate having my picture taken. I always hide my face, or make a face. It's just never been in my comfort zone.

On a driving trip out of state, I was bored. We were in the car, going thru boring flat land, nothing to look at, nothing to keep myself amused. We were all talked out and we don't agree on music. So what to do with 278 miles left to go....

My husband had his brand new little point and shoot camera along for the ride. With his permission (I think just to keep me out of his hair), I started shooting pictures out the window as we traveled down the boring ugly highway. Well, I soon got bored doing that so I turned the camera on him. 

At first he was amused. That wore off quickly. Amusement turned to agitation. Then anger. Thru very clenched teeth he said, "why don't you take your own damn picture". So I did. I started snapping away. 

When we got home from the trip, I needed a project. So I grabbed one of the photos and created this little (roughly 12x12") threadwork quilt.

For more faces and info on this challenge, go to: 


  1. Wow! This is so amazing! I can't believe it's fabric! I am scared of using fabric and trying to sew, so I'm very impressed with your work and admire the great skill, patience and creativity that went into it!

    1. Thank you so much! It's actually all threadwork (back and forth stitching) on fabric.

  2. Wow! That is amazing! Glad to have found you through 29 Faces!

  3. I think this is really cool! I love my sewing machine - I am a tailor, and I do a lot of things with fabric. But YOU have created a fantastic portrait with your machine!

    Thank your for visiting my blog!

    Ilona x

    1. Thank you very much. I love creating portraits.

  4. Love this! It's really great! I'm quite impressed to say the least! Fabric? Wow! You go girl!

    1. It's done with lots of stitching..Muchas gracias mi amiga nueva...

  5. I have arrived at your beginning and it was a wonderful, colorful, insightful journey...thanks for sharing. You are one AWESOME, TALENTED ARTIST!!