Introduce yourself to us! Provide a brief introduction to share on our blog. Family? Profession? Where do you live? Pets? Whatever you’d like to share!
I’ve been stitching for about as long as I can remember…let’s just say more than 50 years. After working in retail management and moving throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Kentucky, I permanently relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 1977. I had fond memories of a childhood vacation in St. Augustine and the beaches and knew I never wanted to leave here again. I loved trading snow & cold for hot weather & sunshine. I earned 2 degrees at the University of North Florida while working in finance. I am currently Director of Finance for a management consulting company. Always a cat person, I am currently sharing my quarters with Curtis Willis (a silver tabby with a lemur tail) and his adopted sister Maizie (a tortoiseshell). They are both 4 years old and keep me on my toes.
Who taught you to stitch and when did you start stitching?
As a wee child I had a set of sewing cards (on heavy paperboard) with punched holes that I could thread different colored shoe-lace type strings through. (They can be found on eBay under “Vintage”!) I loved those cards and wish I still had them! My Gram taught me to stitch on tea towels & pillow cases. She & my mom taught me to knit. I made Christmas ornaments & birth samplers as a teenager and sewed all my clothes.
What types of needlework do you do?
Counted cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet & knitting.
What is your favorite type of needlework?
Through the years I have spent more time on counted cross stitch with a focus on band samplers & reproduction samplers. I also try to allocate the same amount of time to knitting.
What other interests or hobbies do you have or what do you do for fun?
I converted my conventional suburban yard to a butterfly garden & bird sanctuary, so I enjoy watching the various types of visitors who come to feed or just pass through. The back of my property is wooded with a pond, so I see turtles, armadillos, raccoons, possums, owls, and more. I enjoy movies, reading & being outdoors in our beautiful North Florida area’s parks & beaches. I volunteer for several local organizations and look forward to doing more of that when I retire.
How long have you been in EGA?
This is my 4th year.
Tell us about your EGA experiences, roles held (past or present), etc.
Learning from and being inspired by other members and their projects is a never-ending delight. I currently hold the office of DuClay chapter president, supported by a great team of officers and a wonderful roster of local and away members. We have been so fortunate to be able to offer a variety of classes with both local and national teachers and we reach out to the community to share our love of the needle arts through exhibits, stitching in public and our blog.
Nametag Project from Chapter Taste of Blackwork Workshop
Who are your favorite designers?
To name just a few…Teri & Tina of Shepherd’s Bush, Cynthia Zittel of The Drawn Thread, Nan Caldera of Just Nan, and Theresa Venette of Shakespeare’s Peddler for her original and reproduction samplers.
Shepherd's Bush Garden Gate
Favorite WIP/UFO? Why?
Anne Dale from Shakespeare’s Peddler…because the colors and design are just stunning!
Favorite finish? Why?
The Just Nan humbugs are pretty darned clever. But finishing is not my favorite thing to do. And when I take samplers to the framer I need a lot of help selecting mats & frame combos.
Do you have a blog? If you’d like to provide a link, that would be wonderful!
What is your first or last concert you attended?
First concert – Jimi Hendrix; last concert – Carolina Chocolate Drops.
What is a fun or unique fact about you that is not stitching related that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
I’ve been on 7 mission trips to Cuba and count it as my other home.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have enough stash to allow me to stitch for at least a million years.