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Stitching slowly

Stitching slowly

When life starts to get hectic, it's become habit now to just pick up a needle and thread and some fabric. Stitching by hand helps to slow things down. It essentially becomes a meditative practice and it's a great way to de-stress. Plus stitching by hand is much more...

Creative Stitch Alchemy – a free mini-course

Creative Stitch Alchemy – a free mini-course

Just a reminder that the Creative Stitch Alchemy mini-course commences on Friday 17th February and registration will close Thursday 16th February. This is a free mini-course and should be lots of fun so I hope you sign up! If you've been following me on Facebook and...

A trip to remember – and you’re invited!

A trip to remember – and you’re invited!

One of my goals this year was to do more travelling, but little did I suspect when I set that intention last year, that I'd be doing it in such style. Later this year I have the privilege of partnering with Arts & Cultural Travel to lead a small and intimate group of...

Little pockets

Little pockets

Although I'm not very committed to keeping a regular journal where I write down every little detail of my life, I do keep a record of things I want to remember. Sometimes I take a photograph, and sometimes I write a note on a scrap of paper which I then fold and tuck...

Small and unusual things

Small and unusual things

These last few weeks I've been stitching quite small - this piece is only 2-1/2" x 3". But I'm really enjoying the process. When there isn't much time at the end of a work day for creative activities, making small things can be a good choice. Small things can be...

PhotoArt & Texture Club: New in February

PhotoArt & Texture Club: New in February

Learn easy techniques for making your own digital textures from scratch. Making your own textures will help you to create PhotoArt that is unique and beautiful because you have control over every aspect of the process. Included also is a beautiful set of high...

Redefining the way we look at things

Redefining the way we look at things

I've been thinking about the things that I love to do more than anything else. And hand stitching is one of them. When I was very young just learning to use a needle and thread, I stitched wild and free - and it was fun. I stitched with no goal in mind and sewing two...

Places for memories

Places for memories

There was no guesswork, or work of any kind really, in sewing these pieces together. This piece of embroidered fabric obviously was intended to be a pocket, so a pocket it became. Adorned and embellished, but still useful. In olden days pockets were made separately...

Pay attention and watch what emerges

Pay attention and watch what emerges

I simply love butterflies. They are like beautiful and carefree souls flitting about from flower to flower, just doing what they love to do. For me they represent transition, emergence, and transformation - and the mystery of what all that means. The ending of...

A balancing act

A balancing act

Life is a balancing act at the best of times but after spending several weeks "taming" my new computer into submission, it's left me feeling a little unbalanced, dealing with too much technology and not enough creative playtime. I stitch a little every day though. I...

How to Colorize a Photo in Photoshop & Photoshop Elements

How to Colorize a Photo in Photoshop & Photoshop Elements

There are lots of different ways to colorize a photo in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and the techniques used depend on whether your original photo is in color or black and white. In this tutorial I'll show you how to take a color photo, desaturate it, and then...

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

Whenever I run a new session of one of my online classes I always like to include a fresh project and tutorial. So for the next session of the Inked Cloth Unleashed class which begins next Monday 16th January, I thought I'd make something simple and these pincushions...

PhotoArt & Texture Club: New in January

PhotoArt & Texture Club: New in January

Put on your Dancing Shoes and learn how to add emphasis to your favorite photos using creative drop shadows! This tutorial includes techniques for creating drop shadows with unusual shapes, creating complex and textured backgrounds, working with brushes and layer...

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