Random Musings on Art and LIfe


StarFlower 2 – More fun with Paint+Stitch+Bead

December 16, 2019

When I was creating the design for StarFlower 2 in my Silhouette design software, I decided it was time to try painting the negative space around the design elements. I had no idea how this Paint+Stitch+Bead adventure would turn out, but I’m very happy with the results. Ready, Set, Paint As with StarFlower 1, I…

Clay Prints with Zahava Sherez

January 21, 2016

As a teacher and a Creative Mentor, I’m always encouraging you to Try Something New. And you know what? It’s good for me to take a dose of my own medicine! So… On a recent “sisters” trip to California, I arranged a private class with Oakland artist Zahava Sherez. I met Zahava during my travels…

Piping Hot Experiment Comes Full Circle

January 7, 2016

Don’t you love it when things come full circle? Just before Christmas, I returned home to find a gift bag hanging on my front door. Inside? A lovely little zippy bag made from my Piping Hot Experiment blocks! Thanks Deb – I love it! [Tweet “Check out the latest on Shelly’s Piping Hot Experiment.”] In…

Slow Stitching Adds Life To Painted Fabric

October 30, 2014

If you have been with me for a while, you know that I’m working on a major project. Yes, this baby will be a Show Quilt. It is the first big art quilt that I have tackled in about 10 years. It’s a big undertaking, but I’m loving it! The first big steps in this…

Create A Thread Tracking System

October 23, 2014

After last week’s column on Choosing a Thread Palette from a bunch of autumn colored flowers, reader Bret Adams asked a really good question, “How do you keep track of your threads so that you know what you need to buy when you are shopping with vendors?” Bret noted that it is much too easy…

Pick A Palette From Fall Flowers

October 16, 2014

When Jack surprised me with a beautiful bunch of fall-colored flowers last week, I knew I wanted to capture the colors for a future stitching project. I took some photos, of course, but those are much too easily “out of sight — out of mind.” As the flowers started looking a little bit droopy, I…