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
...but
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
and..
I'm not afraid to put in the time
to achieve it.

Have a fabulous week!
xo


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.
Whoosh!
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!
'Movement'
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 

hope.

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.
AND... 
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
[863]670.0110



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, 
FELT SO GOOD!!

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 
BULLIONS!!
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!
ALL OF 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,
and BULLIONS!
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
akimberlydesign@gmail.com


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.


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Being human...

Happy Holidays! 

I just sent off a newsletter full of information 

and happy occurrences during this time of isolation.

If you wish to be included please send me your email address to

akimberlydesign@gmail.com

make the subject:  newsletter 


First order of business in this post is to bow deeply for my

typo in above newsletter. I can not believe I misspelled 

Ruth Schmuff's last name!! We've only been friends and a force together

in the industry for approximately 28 years!

She texted me laughing out loud, that's a true friend!


Next order of business...

CLASSES!!

Looking ahead to February. 

My classes have students but we are still hoping to fill 

at least one more 'socially distanced' chair at

 The Needle Works 

in Austin, Texas for my 'Choose Your Own Journey' class. 

This is a unique opportunity to stitch any piece from my line of 

painted canvases and have me at your beck and call for 

three days of fabulous stitching. 

There is still time to sign up and get your favorite design. 

The class runs February 19, 20 & 21.

The Needle Works assures me that all precautions are being 

taken for everyone's safety.

The class is small in size in their beautiful large classroom, 

plenty of space to spread out.


In other news ...


I've been exploring and learning, stretching

my creativeness with new to me techniques.

Above is this years Christmas Card.

Every year I create a new holiday card.  This year I decided

to spread my wings and try something different.

The painting is 16" x 20" rendered in a way that

colors are layered to create the shading. 

This is sooooo different than my normal approach.

When I paint needlepoint canvas, every color is mixed or

bought to use directly. There is little blending, sometimes

I may bleed two colors together but never as I did

on this painting. 

Best part of this, I had a blast and I want to do more.

I'll never give up line drawings, they sooth my brain.

I'm totally focused when working with lines, 

my meditation.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Grateful ...

 This year has been a test ...

Growing up the TV would periodically go into 'TEST' mode.

It was like the outer limits was taking over, it would buzz loudly ...

a different screen would appear and ...

the collective 'we' thought 

nothing of it!

I'm not sure what brought me to the above but

it's been that kind of year and here we are at the end 

of November.

My focus has been to be 

GRATEFUL

To focus on what I have ...

Like a new grandson!

His two amazing siblings!

My daughter and son,

who both hold my heart.

Having my Mom here!

My family, my friends,

my creativity and my wild imagination that fuels it!

I was recently honored to win an award for my work.

With all that has been going on, I've begun to enter local 

gallery shows. It gets my work out there and keeps me

motivated to do MORE.

Therefore, you could have knocked me over with a feather

when I won an 'Award of Excellence' 

for 

'Collage'





Friday, October 16, 2020

Looking forward ...

 To say it's been a different world,
understatement comes to mind.

As the title of this post implies,
I'm looking forward with hope 
for more balance.

Safe, social distance smart classes
are on the schedule.


February will see me flying non stop to 
Austin Texas to teach for 
The Needle Works
a different kind of experience we're calling
'Choose Your Own Journey'
follow the link for more information.
It's going to be great fun!
February 19, 20 & 21, 2021

To keep the needles flying,
Chandail
'Father and Son'
February 27, 28 & March 1, 2021
I put my heart into each piece I create.
This one is no different but WOW! Did I 
have fun and is he ever a proud dragon.

Father and Son, original hand painted needlepoint canvas.

'Father and Son'
aka 'Pater and Filius'
first flying lesson
This design took on a life all it's own.
From the brocade like borders to the use of
real metal paillettes to add all kinds of shine.
You will learn gobs of technique with this design.


Father and Son, hand painted needlepoint canvas original



Monday, September 14, 2020

the journey ...


I'm only '62' but ...
over the years I've learned ...
one or two things here and there ...
one important piece of information that
was passed on to me when my two were littles ...
'you're only as good as your next piece'
This hit me as harsh but
I saw the truth in those words.
So they immediately became motivational.

This morning I watched a video clip a friend does
on artists called
The artist spoke of how a creative can feel a bit of a let down 
when finishing a piece.
My mind understood this and his next words
resonated as well. 
I can feel this way when I finish a piece that I've been so 
focused on. However, it doesn't last long because
I'm already turning to the next. It's usually already drawn
or painted and staring at me with a small pile of 
materials I've begun to gather. And the thoughts of 
'what crazy idea will come to life on this piece' ...
after all ... You are only as good as your next piece!!
... and that my friends is freaking exciting to Moi!


My day typically starts with a large strong cuppa Chai.

Father and Son beginnings

To begin a canvas, I usually see how
much I can pull from my limited stash.
Ideas are normally hand written and changed
as the piece often tells me a different story 
once I begin working. 

the Son, stitched

I still can't remember what I was thinking 
when I decided to add this little one peeking
over the top of the big guy.
...and so the story in my head started.

Father, right side

He soon became the son to this massive
amazing Father dragon.
The father told me his son was 
being very reluctant about
his first flying lesson.

Philly Wallpaper

I take a ton of pictures, I always have.
Even before camera phones!
My brain sees patterns.
I was an extreme Tetris player
at one point ... until I realized what 
a time waster it was. Many other
things to do that were so much 
more creative.
The above became the background.

Father, left side

... or is this my best side?
'Father and Son, first flying lesson'

This is being taught for 
in Houston, Texas
June 4, 5 and 6, 2021