Gathering Threads



    Grace Knott Smocking to Close

    Posted by on Nov 09 2011

    Holy Smokes! Grace Knott is closing its doors after 81 years? Say it ain’t so. It’s a Canadian institution. I wore GK designs. My great aunt smocked GK designs on the dresses she made in the 1940s and 1950s. They were one of the best smocking supply places around and because they were Canadian, I […]

    Fabric Shopping in Paris, France

    Posted by on Jul 15 2011

    So you know that post from two weeks ago, when I mentioned I wouldn’t be posting for a couple of weeks, due to my taking some family time? Well, the part I didn’t mention was I actually went to France with my son and some of my extended family on holiday. Saw the big, iconic […]

    New Winter Workshop Schedule Posted

    Posted by on Dec 23 2010

    Just a quick post amidst the holiday craziness to let everyone know that my teaching schedule at Mohawk College has been finalized for the winter term. Check out the six great workshops/classes I’m teaching here: smocking, quilting, and cross-stitch, too! If one of your new year’s resolutions is to learn a new craft or brush […]

    December Sew News Article: Men’s Ties

    Posted by on Nov 10 2010

    Got a treat in mail today. The December issue of Sew News dropped through the slot and it’s a great issue. Tons of quick to sew gifts, a really elegant satin throw that I’m definitely coveting and some great tips for altering formal wear, perfect for the holiday party season. Part and parcel of the […]

    Fall is in the air

    Posted by on Aug 27 2010

    I’m on newstands again this month, with a lovely cross-stitched pumpkin in Create n Decorate‘s October 2010 issue. I was inspired to stitch the pumpkin-shaped band sampler by the antique marking designs that were published so prolifically during the 19th and early 20th century.  You can download the cross-stitch pattern for the pumpkin band sampler […]