If you ask someone who does lots of needlecrafts what tools they use, then you'll probably get answers like "needles, scissors..." etc. Obviously I use those but I also have a few things that are not so predictable.
The Holiday Art Market at Asheville Community Yoga was really fun and I appreciate everyone who came!
I've got admit that markets can be intimidating when you see all the beautiful items that people have on sale. I learned a lot about what direction I want Open Coven to go in and how I need to be true to my vision.
My love of fiber arts is in the process of making and sharing that love. I hope that I will be able to do that over the coming months with my workshops.
Been making lil zines to give out at markets and such. I made a video on how to fold one since it's a tad tricky!
On November 19th I will be a vendor at the Holiday Art Market at Asheville Community Yoga. I am proud to support this excellent non-profit that provides yoga classes on a donation basis. My piece above will be a prize in their raffle. Come by if you are in the area and check out my fiber art pieces and embroidery kits!
Satin stitch is a great one to add to your embroidery repertoire. It's used a lot and is often the "go-to" stitch for filling shapes.
I have a new video on my YouTube channel showing you how to do it, and you can get this hand pattern on my Free Resources page.
I am so excited to share that I have a new online workshop available. This project is a favorite one of mine and I hope you will enjoy it too. No previous sewing skills are required and you will learn many new techniques.
The aim of the workshop is to liberate us from the idea of a end result so that we can full explore our creativity with the materials we already have.
Blessings to you the day after the Autumn Equinox!
Here's a quick embroidery project that uses only split stitch.
Split stitch is an easy one to master and has multiple uses. It's great for filling, outlining curves and straight lines. It's a fave of mine for lettering.
As always, there's a video tutorial to help too.
In my current day job, I spend much time navigating issues of inclusivity. It's not easy and it requires deep humility. Nevertheless I am grateful to be given opportunities to do this work.
In many ways I am a person of privilege thought that can often be contextual I have found. I currently struggle with a few hurdles that society has put in my way as a parent, a cis-woman, a Pagan, and most recently, someone experiencing chronic pain (a result of the shingles I had).
These hurdles have allowed me to think about how I want Open Coven to be a place where everyone feels as accepted and cherished as possible. This task will be ongoing but I did at least want to begin with an inclusivity statement. This statement is on its on page on this site, as well as below.;
You Belong Here (adapted from Dr. Brenda Allen and Erika Lett).
You belong here. You belong here if society has marginalized you and your community. You belong here if you are Buddhist, Hindu, Secular Humanist, Pagan, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, follow some other belief system, or adhere to no organized belief system at all. You belong here if you are still figuring out what and who you are. You belong here if you are documented, DACAmented, or undocumented. You belong here if you are a person of color, or white, or perceived to be white, or if you are of mixed racial/ethnic heritage, or if you are perceived to be other identities that you aren’t. You belong here if you have an exceptionality or disability, if you have intellectual, cognitive, or emotional disabilities or if you are neurotypical. You belong here if you identify as gender nonconforming or LGBTQ, or if you’re still learning what some of those letters mean. You belong here no matter what language you grew up speaking. Whatever your body type, appearance, talents, abilities, identities, histories, or backgrounds, you belong here. As the founder of Open Coven, I will try hard to ensure you and your coven mates always remember that you belong here, and to ensure you and your coven mates feel welcome and valued.
Chain stitch is more versatile than it might seem. Here I use it in lettering and flowers.
Download the free pattern and watch the tutorial below.