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refill the creative well – color + quote

    I took a picture of a yellow barn while I was at Nancy Crow’s Barn. Yellow is one of my favorite colors, there’s something so comforting about it. I combined it with a favorite quote from Richard Bach. Just a small punch of inspiration for the middle of the week.

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hand stitched diary

One of the books that I made during the class I took with Dorothy Caldwell is for a new personal project. A point that really drove home for me during that week with her is that my love of hand stitching has been taking a back seat to my paint flinging. I love them equally but I don’t feel as if I’ve really made that obvious. I’m also understanding deeper that hand stitching has a history that I feel quite privileged to be a part of. I’ve decided to bring it forward more in my artwork and make it the focus of some work rather than a supporting act that fades into the background. I put together a simple book using the technique that Dorothy {…Continue Reading}

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how art brain got her groove back

A few weeks ago I went to the Nancy Crow Barn to take a class with Dorothy Caldwell called “Human Marks.” I really didn’t know what to expect from the class. All I knew was that I have always wanted to go the Barn (I’ve heard endless good things about it) and I was on a mission to refill the creative well. I’ve made a conscious effort this year to pull back some so I can figure out the direction I wanted some things to head in. Taking the week to study with Dorothy was the trigger to throw everything into line and now Art Brain is firmly back in the driver’s seat. There wasn’t a single thing about the class (Dorothy is an exceptionally {…Continue Reading}

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going raw…

I’m just going to say it – I’m not a fan of silk. It’s too swishy for me and drives me nuts the way it slinks around when I try to stitch on it. I’ve avoided it for years until I was at a textile show and became completely enamored with a piece there – the fabric had incredible texture. You could have knocked me over with a feather when the artist told me it was raw silk. I picked up a hunk from Dharma and decided to play around with it and eco printing. I’m taking a class with Dorothy Caldwell at the Nancy Crow Barn in a few weeks so I thought it might be nice to print some small pieces of fabric {…Continue Reading}

Lynn K pile of threads

allow me to enable your thread habit

I’m a hand stitching thread junkie. I like floss, perle cotton, mixes of fibers (especially silk and cotton), hand dyed, commercially dyed, vintage – if I can stitch with it, it’s likely I can find a use for it. I’ve got piles of threads everywhere and I’ve realized that it’s quite possible I treat it as a type of decorating style. I’m often asked where I like to buy my threads from so I thought I’d share the sellers of some of my more recent purchases. Some of these are outside of the U.S. but I didn’t find the postage to be cost prohibitive at all and to be honest, I’ve gotten packages from the England quicker than I have from the other side of {…Continue Reading}