Random Musings on Art and Life


A First Gallery Exhibit: Contemplations in Cloth

September 22, 2021

At the beginning of the month, I had the honor of participating in my first gallery exhibit at One Division Art in Buffalo, MN. The exhibit was titled Contemplations in Cloth. I enjoyed working with gallery owner Christopher Hoffman, and shared the exhibit space with Carolyn Abbott of Brainerd, MN. Carolyn and I worked together…

How to Sign a Stitched Painting

August 20, 2021
Sign a Stitched Painting cover image

In preparation for my first gallery show, I had to solve the problem of how to sign a stitched painting. The pieces were finished. They were stretched on internal frames. They were absolutely ready for the packing crate. Except that… oops!… Nothing had a signature! Now I knew I could sign the back of the…

Learn from my Marking Pencil Mistake

June 30, 2021

There are few things more frustrating than mistakes that can be avoided. In this post, I share my mis-adventure with a marking pencil — and how you can avoid this mistake in your fabric art projects.

Beautiful Beaded Stitches for StarFlower 6

April 1, 2021
Beaded stitches on stitched painting by Shelly Stokes

A Talavera Awning in 4 Simple Shapes

March 5, 2021

Make and Use a Quick Silhouette Vinyl Stitch Guide

February 17, 2021

8 Ways to make a Beaded Heavy Chain Stitch

February 4, 2021

I’m dreaming of a Talavera Awning

January 20, 2021

Stitched Paintings by Shelly Stokes

January 6, 2021

6 Steps for No Trace Freezer Paper Stencils

December 17, 2020