Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Nine

'The Nine'
I recently posted these on social media...
the reaction was pretty fabulous. 

So I thought they deserved a new blogspot 
about their creation.

The Nine, original designs by aKimberlydesign.com

Small pieces that are a quick stitch and 
might teach you a new technique.
That was how these started and 
morphed into a wall of art
that could be a visual trigger 
for future canvases.

Books are great, 
but I'm extremely visual.
I want to see how it looks in thread.
When I first started working on painted canvases...
I didn't always visualize how a stitch would 
work in a given space.
Sometimes... I still don't.
Then you are required to do a little reverse work.
rip rip rip
do over

Tree of Life, original design aKimberlydesign.com

'Tree of Life'
This piece has been very
popular. It highlights so many
different stitches. Plus the split 
background intrigues many.
You'll learn applique, 
several types of ribbon work, 
and bullions!

Yes! I'm Special, original design aKimberlydesign.com

'Yes! I'm Special'
I taught this a couple of years ago for
Blue Bonnet Studio in Houston.
John Sinton loved popping into 
the class room announcing the name
and then loving the laughter.

Turkey work, blending silk on it's head, 
but the main focus is layers of needle
weaving topped with crystals.
And another crazy background 
with String Art.

Movement, original design by aKimberlydesign.com

This is being taught at
[still taking sign ups! tap link above]

This one features kid leather applique,
bullions with velvet, 
couched silk wrapped 
pearl purl and gimp.

Caps 'N Curls, original design by aKimberlydesign.com

'Caps 'N Curls'
This one glistens. The caps are 
stitched in layers with 
appliqued organza that is 
then overstitched for 
more depth.

My Castle, original design aKimberlydesign.com

'My Castle'
Where to begin, this one is
beadazzled. Basic stitches with
laid silk, over stitched for neat 
shading effects. Sequins in the 
flower garden. String art for the 
rooflines and finials.
This was the last one I stitched,
finished during the pandemic.
I'm still getting the guide together.
It will be available soon.

Happy Little Bug, original design aKimberlydesign.com

'Happy Little Bug'
This one is just fun. 
Loops of Turkey work with
Silk Straw!, bullions,
sequins and beading.

Bubbles, original design aKimberlydesign.com

Cut work needle weaving plays 
across the top of this design.
Brick beading, over the shaded
water, patterned sequins for the 
body via basketweave.
Ribbon ruffles with French Knots.

Curly Flower, original design by aKimberlydesign.com

'Curly Flower'
So much texture, ribbon work 
with piles of uncut turkey work in the
center. This piece features a thread that
is now extinct! So frustrating when 
companies off a magical thread.
Now... you'll learn how to wrap
floral wire to achieve the same look.

Leaves, original design aKimberlydesign.com

Like a small sampler of stitching.
Each leaf is different.
From applique with surface
embroidery, raised stem, 
needle weaving, and some
detached buttonhole.
And always my favorite...

Order any of the above
through my distributor at

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Monday, July 26, 2021

No Fear...

 One day during a class I was teaching,

a student said to me...

'you're just not afraid to try anything'

This statement now floats through my brain often.

I don't think I ever thought of it as a 

'no fear'

approach to designing.

I tend to go after whatever will give me

the result I have visualized in my head.

So maybe no fear but there is way more 

to it than that.

For instance...

a Kimberly design copyright 2021

I'm presently working on 
'Marbles Two'
My brain has been of two minds...
this piece should be similar to Marbles One
How to make it different and challenge 
my students to think out of the box.

a Kimberly design copyright 2021

Dorset Buttons... you can search them

for cool 'how to' videos.

Cut Turkeywork...

because I couldn't find the right fluffy

thread to cheat with.

The picture above show the canvas

off the frame. You have to bend

your canvas to get the perfect angles

to trim and trim and trim and..

remember it doesn't grow back.

This is where the 'no fear'  stitching

comes to in. It's just thread, if you cut off

too much, you may have to re stitch it.

Just trim little bit by little bit to sculpt 

what I'm calling the donut.

a Kimberly design copyright 2021

More than having 'no fear'...
you have to be willing to put the time into
your work. I started this 'donut' 
yesterday morning about ten...
eleven hours later,
I added the last of the 'sprinkles'
to the center.

a Kimberly design copyright 2021

Maybe it is 'no fear' or maybe
it's knowing that I want a certain look
I'm not afraid to put in the time
to achieve it.

Have a fabulous week!

P. S. This design will be a class at 
in Atlanta, Georgia
August 2022!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

What isn't up !?

 The end of May pretty much slid into June. 
By mid June I felt like it should be July!

Crazy life full of wonder. 
Trip to see my grandchildren, trip to 
Houston to teach my piece,
Father and Son.
The following weekend I had an art 
opening one night and Zoom classes
starting the next morning for my 
Transformation piece.
Since I seem to thrive on this behavior, 
I'm not complaining.

I made a big step about a month ago 
to retire from working outside
of my home. No more part time job, 
I'm now full time ART!

My new 'boss' is very demanding!
Guide writing in the morning,
studio time in the afternoon...
both run into the evening hours!

Loving it all!

My next in person class is in November in 
Chicago with the guild there.
It’s already full! 
So exciting as I get to see my long time 
friend Libby Sturdy 
and reconnect with another friend 
from my needlepoint beginnings 
back in New England, 
Jennifer Shekaran! 
She happens to be living in 
Chicago and is great friends 
with Libby, this world just 
keeps getting smaller. 
The project is 
'Tree of Life' 
from my original 
five by five series.  

NEXT live is in Sugarland, Texas!
is back and raring to go!
[click on the link and scroll down]

I have two pieces for you to choose from...

'Santa Up Close'
He's 8" square with lots of fun stitching, of course!
from my five by five series.
This one features appliqued kid leather, 
couched gimp and silk wrapped purl.

I can't say enough great things about this 
stitching retreat put on by 
MaryAlice Sinton and husband John.
They are the best and most organized.
And... they treat us like gold!

So let us get back out there
stitching together again!

Friday, April 16, 2021

process... journey... adventure

 When my daughter was small, she was gifted a 

talking teddy bear, he was all about 'adventure'.

To this day I hear his little recorded voice when I

talk about adventure. 

The voice was so full of 


My life continues to be a journey 

with adventure around many corners.

Hope for a new balance now is huge!

Below are progress shots of my newest design.

Sure to be an adventure when I start pulling

fibers and stitching. 

This all happened because Ruth posted 
these cool glass beads she'd discovered on line. 
That same evening I went down a 
rabbit hole looking at 
beautiful glass beads on line.

I felt a need to DO something and started to draw. 
My all time favorite way to ART. 
The drawings became paintings and one
 of the paintings became Marbles One.
Now, let me introduce you to Marbles Two!

It is an adventure and sometimes a struggle 
to decide how to paint a piece 
for you to stitch. 
I have to make my brain think about 
how the piece will be interpreted with a 
plethora of different fibers and beads.
I also have to think about how 
to make what's in my head
translate in the written word to you.
Luckily now, I can take a zillion photos
to use in my guides along 
with numbered charts.
thank you to those that edit my words 
for each stitch guide I compose. 
They have become very
proficient at taking out my awful grammar 
but not the conversation 
I hold with you the stitcher.

Ta-Da!! Flowing or rolling into
'Marbles Two'
As a kid, the front yard of my grade school
became a marble playing arena.
I still have my crown royal bag of 
marbles with one steely!
Most of the girls played jacks,
a rebel from the start, I liked
marbles way better.

On a side note...
I love to read, 
I love illustrated children's books.
This morning I popped into my favorite
local book store to pick up a new treasure.
Of course, I came home with two!
A book full of illustrated Faeries and 
one of illustrated stories.
IF you're ever in Central Florida
Lakeland specifically...
you simply must visit this 
wonderful little treasure shop.
owned by the equally colorful
Sandi Silverman

I'm all about being a mischievous fairy. 
This is currently under construction, two pages
of hand written decorative stitching ideas to 
get into the computer and diagram. 
Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

dipping my toe ...

Getting back out there is going to be a slow, 
steady process.
The flying part was stressful. 
Just no two ways about it.

The teaching part, 

I had a small class of socially distanced students.
The class was a complete departure from the norm.

Why NOT? You could say I'm just rolling with it! 

I presented the idea of a 
"Choose Your Own Journey" 
class platform to the owners of 
The Needle Works
last February and I'm infinitely glad for it.

The perimeters were that each student 
choose a piece from my line available through 

Each student came to class with 
their own set of questions. 
I was there for three days to work 
through all of them 
with each student. 

Total immersion!

They loved it! 
They loved setting the pace! 
As a result,
the pace was casual and
they all learned from each other.

If I'd taught a project class... 
Completely different, 
I have a schedule of what needs to 
be covered during class time, 
when best to do it and
how long we'll spend on each section. 
Which is great and 
the way I am use to teaching. 
Now, I have two
ways to teach and I am 
a happy camper doing both!

Images of threads displayed at The Needle Works in Austin, TX

is thread heaven!

Fabulous classroom, this was taken
before opening, it was so well
organized and peaceful.
I had to document it.

Any of you that have worked one of my painted
canvas guided designs... 
well, you know I love texture.
Which I often accomplish with beautiful 
One of my students focused completely on 
this for most of the first day.
Her piece had three different bullions with 
three different threads.
Above is her practice canvas, 
this woman was determined!
By George, I think she's got it!

They are all smiling under those mask!!
Some of the stitches taught were,
pulled work needle weaving, sequin application, 
string art, ribbon embroidery, 
applique, copper mesh wings,
I also showed them how I finish and frame.

Keep an eye out for a repeat of this 
class platform next year.

Back home and after taking Mum for her 
second covid shot and finally getting an
appointment for my first ...
I have resumed work on my painting
for the 
FLOWERS! Florida in Art show 
coming up.
Opening will be June 11.
[I'll post again before then]

Every line of my Passion Flower
is fine line brush work. One of my
favorite ways to ART!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Catch Me Up!

To say there is no moss growing here,
would be an understatement.
A busy bee I have been.

At the end of last year I decided to enter a local show
featuring 'Found Objects',

Since I have a few, 
my brain was formulating a 
design where not only 
could I use a few of these objects but
I could also play with some new to me fibers.
A win win. 
Sadly, it did not get a mention in the 
show but the other piece I entered did.
So Yay and Yay!
Since I truly enjoyed working this design, 
it is getting
it's moment to shine here.

'Wire and Rock'
original, one of a kind
for purchase, inquire at

Happy Christmas to Moi!
I am blessed to have a very talented circle of friends.
Kimberly Miller being one of those, I absolutely 
love her work. Saw this sculpture and had to have it!
Check out her work here...

My long time friend and distributor, 
Ruth Schmuff is fabulous at
having my belt designs made up into wearable art.
The belt designs are great carry around projects. 

If you're needing a 
'stuff in your bag stitch and go project',
here's the link.

A couple of sweet central Florida towns away 
from me is Lake Wales. 

is housed here in the most beautiful building
 with a rich history.
But before I get carried off in that story...
they have a beautiful gallery too 
and a fabulous director, Amanda McCallister, 
who is doing a fantastic job of scheduling 
shows and classes.
[click on the name to read all about it]

The above piece is for a show coming up in March.
The show will feature art made during the pandemic.
I chose to do a piece focused on hope.
My 'Dove of Peace' mask is wrapping our planet
with it's soft wings of healing energies.

If you are in the area, come see the show.

I have my brain focused on this event next.
[along with many other projects...classes and zooms]
Studio time is shortly going to be devoted to
painting this glorious Passion Flower.
I shot this at the end of 2019 while strolling
the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. I did not 
know I'd have a chance to render it and be in 
such a wonderful show.
There is a Facebook page you can follow
for peeks at what all the artists are up to.

Planning and plotting...
Above is me visiting my beginnings in the 
needlework industry. I have been asked to teach
a beginner class in needlepoint several times.

Since I'm not one for working little squares 
of different stitches, I designed the above piece.
'Beginner with a Twist'
We start in the very center with a square of Tent 
stitch and build out with decorative stitches.
At the end, we circle back to that center square
to work my favorite type of stitching.
String Art over the Tented square.
No way will you be bored learning to
needlepoint different stitches with this design.
It is simply painted to guide in direction 
on 13 count canvas.
I'll announce dates and times when they 
materialize. We are still being very careful
to socially distance. Since this has to be an
'in person' class, we'll just have to
 practice patience.

Just to expand my knowledge...
My friend and artist
Sherry Ross and I periodically 
spend a Saturday here and there 'Arting'.
One of those was spent exploring Gouache Paint.
I had read that you could draw on top of
it's velvety finish. This was a huge 
deal to Moi, as I love color and as you
know, I LOVE line!

Love the colorful sunsets 
through my 
small studio window.