My basic sewing skills were cultivated on my mother’s antique Singer. The process of machine sewing got me to the finish-line with speed, but I was later drawn to the detail and quiet rhythm of cross stitch and hand embroidery. My recent exploration of textiles as an art form is both thrilling and daunting. I have discovered and explore the vast possibilities fabric offers in texture, pattern, and color.
My process is uncomplicated but often yields unexpected results. It is rare for the completed scene to be in my mind when I begin a panel. I choose several remnants that catch my eye, find contrasting or matching colors or patterns, and then follow my imagination. All appliques are handmade originals and I use both hand and machine stitch.
My work is wrapped from start to finish with the surprise element of prayer. The outcome of the projects can be soul-stirring. I have learned to relax and flow with the inspiration, especially since fabric is a forgiving medium. Just as life can get a little wild; I often leave edges raw and strands dangling.