Monday, April 25, 2016

Soon ~ Very Soon . . .

Hello everyone,
I apologize for being away for so long.
Seems it takes 3 times as much energy to get ready for an event when
you are healing from a broken leg. 
Working in an upstairs studio is interesting when you can't walk, 
but up and down I go on my back side dragging things in baskets.
I learned to sew with my left foot and I've almost perfected the one legged hop!
In a few days I begin to add a little weight,  then a little more
over the next month to learn to walk again.
(YAY!)
BUT . . . as they say ~  The Show Must Go On  ~ 
I do hope to see some of you at the 
In addition to teaching, and creating for this event is is run by myself
and dear friend Rebekah L. Smith.
Our event begins with 3 days of classes and a "needle-in" then 
on Saturday April 30 we have a most lovely show for you!
(The show is open to the public!)
See details in ad above.

We have a great line up of exhibitors too : 

Happy Stitches!
Lori Ann

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Winter Whites ~ an online showing

Hello everyone,
I have a little online showing scheduled for this evening!
Feb. 24th. ~ 8pm EST
(On the "gallery" page of this blog)
I may not be able to walk quite yet . . . but these fingers are so happy to be stitching again!
Most of it is by hand as I'm quite clumsy on the sewing machine pedal, but I'm practicing 
and will get there.  For now I'm enjoying the feel of a needle in my hand and the 
relaxation handwork can bring.

Happy stitches!
Lori Ann

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coming up . . . .

Hello friends,
As I work to get back on my feet (or foot,  or leg, should I say),
business has been going on in the background.
My first event of the year is the 
FROM OUR HANDS & HEARTS ~ Creative & Spring Mercantile!
April 27 thru 30, 2016  ~ Peninsula, Ohio
Just in case you're not familiar with From Our Hands . . .
Rebekah L. Smith and myself began running 2 yearly events under this name.
Our November event is a lovely Folk Art and Antique show.  
Our spring event is a multi-day stitching FEST!
2 days of needlework classes ~ taught by 6 teachers.
A "Needle-In" ~ fun stitching and camaraderie.
All topped off with a SHOW!
A very different kind of show ~ AND you don't have to take classes to enjoy it.
It's open to the public  ~  come shop with us!
Folk Art, antiques & stitchery . . .  things to make anyone who loves
 needlework or textiles swoon.

Till then, I'll be readying the projects for my workshops and working
on finished goods (lot's of pincushions!) for the show!
All information, such as how to register for classes and the show exhibitor list
 is on our website!
~ More examples of lovely Workshop projects ~

Hope to see you in April!
Lori Ann

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Making Do . . .

Hello Friends,

     From early in my antique collecting days the make-do has intrigued me.
Whether by the joining of 2 broken items to make one, or the use of naive materials 
to repair a loved piece of furniture or utilitarian object, there was a sense 
that the item still held great worth.
This worth may have been due to sentimental value or simply because another was
not readily available, hence the need to make it do.
Photos courtesy of Pinterest
My favorite pie safe has the most lovely make-do repairs. Tin pieces cover holes
where once a mouse or other creature chewed his way through in search of something
tasty or maybe a quiet place to nest. Obviously the first repair didn't stop him,
as there are three such repairs!. 
The punched tins on this piece are absolutely gorgeous, with columns topped by
birds, the color is a time softened red, and yet , it was the tin repairs that "got me" !
In my collecting, I'm not one to look for perfect, I look only for what my eyes
see as beautiful. I have crocks held together with wire strapping, a wooden bowl
with crude leather lashing, A blanket chest with a mis-matched leg and various
textiles and toys with lovely early repairs.
Note dolly's one carved hand
Being a stitcher by trade, this love of make-do's meant falling in love with the
make-do pincushion.
Early examples are often mounted atop simple pedestals of glass or tin.
The "pincushion" portion might be created from scraps of worn clothing or bedding
and stuffed with yet more scraps or if one was lucky, wool from their own flock.
In my own work, these simple yet beautiful utilitarian objects served as great 
inspiration to create my own pincushions, on pedestals and with a mohair friend
on top.
The idea of making-do permeates my work in the use of old fabrics, buttons,
trims and accessories.  An early repair on a textile only adds to the charm and
sense that it was meant to live on.
I hope to explore the make-do even further as the year progresses.

Now . . .  why am I telling you all this?

I am spending many hours on the living room sofa these days.
Across the room is the before mentioned lovely pie-safe, making me smile 
each time I glance up.
This will be my main perch throughout the long recovery from my broken leg.
In-between naps, hops thru the house (with a walker of course) and exercises, I've had
a bit of time to peruse photos, re-read favorite books and think.
It came to light that after my most recent surgery, that I too, 
am a MAKE-DO!
Leg on the "bendy machine"
Only the surgeons rough stitches and the leftover holes from my "fixator" are
visible, but I know that what lies underneath is a surgeons form of making-do.
I do know that in reality there are shiny plates, screws and ugly black sutures.
BUT ~  in my mind, I see strips of rusted tin, held tight with tiny brads all in a row.
If I don't look, I can picture linen threads, tiny stitches and
little x's placed just so.
Oh, and maybe a perfect bit of darning or calico patch over those holes.
Now this is more like it! 
For now I'm making-do, this leg is not what it once was, yet for utilitarian 
and sentimental reasons it holds great worth!

Lori Ann

To read more about the "Make-Do" see these wonderful books!

By: Donald P. Naetzker

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry . . .

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas !
Lori Ann, Michael, Lacy Lu and all the Furry  Friends