Happy Thanksgiving Team Stitching Coach! Thank you for being a follower, student and general supporter of my endeavors as The Stitching Coach. I couldn’t do any of this without you. I’m also very thankful for all the librarians out there who have encouraged and given me the opportunity to share my love of fiber arts… Continue reading Sew Thankful
I love Halloween! Hands down it is my favorite holiday. Costumes, handing out sweets to friends I haven’t met yet, scary movies and Autumn breezes cannot be beat. But dressing up has to be my favorite part. I remember my favorite costumes growing up – a space alien with green face paint and wearing the… Continue reading Happy Handmade Halloween
I love enabling people to sew, knit, quilt and embroider. Any chance I get, anywhere I go, if you sit beside me and look the least bit interested I may just hand over my needle and thread and tell you to have a go. My favorite part of doing that, and especially now that I’m… Continue reading The Stitching Coach Playbook
I adore audiobooks. They kept me sane during my long Atlanta, and later Washington, DC, commutes. They were my traveling companions on long solo road trips. And they continue to allow me to combine my two favorite pastimes – reading and crafting. What I love most is when a book includes one of my hobbies.… Continue reading Listen to This – Make That
Being a librarian has its perks. One of those perks is that I get to see nearly finalized copies of books before they are published called a “galley” that librarians, booksellers, journalists and other influencers use to review and share with potential readers. Sometimes those books are sent to me as a tangible copy but,… Continue reading Perks of Being a Stitchin’ Librarian
Many of my private students already have begun a new school year. My first day back is today and I joined my co-educators in a retreat to get ready for the new year. It will be great to see students later this week for orientation. Did you sew any back-to-school items for the littles in… Continue reading Happy New (School) Year!
I advise a sewing club at the high school where I serve as the librarian. We get lots of donations from grandparents who are downsizing or people who just don’t have time for crafting. Shocking, I know. Every school year, I like to have a charity project I can work on with my students. So… Continue reading When Quilting Gives You Scraps, Make Two Quilts
How many UFO sightings have you had in your craft space? Not little green aliens, but those UnFinished Objects you have tucked in drawers, stuffed in project bags and hidden under the guest bed. I refuse to be embarrassed by my numbers because, as I tell my students, grace over guilt. Life happens, am I… Continue reading UFOs in your craft room?
I love county fairs! More than the eccentric clog-an-artery foods and competitive animal demonstrations, my favorite part of fairs is the fiber arts competitions. Perfectly pieced patchwork quilts, granny square afghans and embroidered items that take your breath away. This week I downloaded my application form and it got me thinking, have you entered your… Continue reading Fairest of the Faire
If you are anything like me, you love to take sewing or knitting projects on vacation. For me, it began with my first love – embroidery. Easy to pack and small enough to stash in a backpack or beach bag, embroidery helped me to be more patient and slow down. Later I added hand quilting… Continue reading These Projects Were Made For Traveling