I have a passion for designing and creating fiber and fabric art, and love sharing my “obsession” through teaching others. There is something very healing and uplifting in working with your hands, and when you share creative energy with others, everyone wins!

#131 Cozy Cloche

This pretty lined hat sews up fast and can be made in all kinds of fabrics: cottons, knits, fleece, Woolfelt, and batiks. Have fun with embellishments as you make these up for yourself, as a gift, or for your special friend undergoing cancer treatments. Sizes Sm-Lg; pattern required. Half day class.

Wool Bead Earrings

Learn to wet-felt beautiful beads of wool fibers and create a couple of pairs of wool bead earrings to coordinate with your favorite ensemble. Instructor will bring wool fibers and sparkly Angelina fibers to add a bit of bling to your wooly "jewels", as well as the jewelry components and novelty beads to enhance your creations. Kit required for this half-day class; I have all colors.

Silk Scarf Dyeing

Learn to dye silk scarves using non-toxic vegetable dyes and create a beautiful wearable art piece you can wear home! Experiment with different colors and tie-dyeing techniques to create a unique work of art. All ages and skill levels; beginners welcome in this half-day class.

I created my #206 “Bohemian Butterfly Placemats” pattern after my friend and teacher Ms. Cindy shared this encouraging story with me about a butterfly. I keep my butterfly mat hanging on my wall to remind me that whenever my struggles seem too hard, it is God’s way of making me stronger and enabling me to continue on in the face of challenges in my life. I hope that this story is an encouragement to you, too!

“The Butterfly Story”

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened.

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Just like the butterfly, sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. We could never fly!

We ask for strength…..and God gives us difficulties to make us strong.

We ask for wisdom……and God gives us problems to solve.

We ask for love………….and God gives us troubled people to help.

We ask for favors……….and God gives us opportunities.

We received nothing we wanted……we received everything we needed.

God bless us with unspeakable joy, not only in the world to come, but in this world also.

Help our paths to be bright and full of light everywhere we go.

Help us to always look for opportunities to help others.

Thank you God for giving us everything we need.

Amen.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13