My goodness, this week I’ve been given two awards for this blog! Thank you, both. My cup runneth over. It took me a couple of days to figure out how to get the images in my blog, but here they are:
from my dear friend Maureen in Australia. To see some exquisite embroidery and some amazing fantasy figure creations–incredible dolls, do go look at her blog.
From Neki Rivera in Barcelona, Spain came this award:
neki desu, as she blogs, is a weaver and textile artist of great accomplishment. By all means, go browse her site. She has been a big encouragement to me.
The rules accompanying both awards require me to nominate four or five blogs with their links. This means I can nominate nine blogs. All of you whom I name can put either or both of the award images on your blogs. I did it by copying it to my Desktop, then picking it up from there to my Edit page. I’m not asking any of you to pass on the award, as I think it would be a burden for you.
Now, decisions, decisions, decisions! Well, here goes.
Rachel Makepeace in Australia. She does not write about stitching, but about her life with ME-CFS. It is a wrenching yet uplifting acccount of what it’s like, living alone, with only a little help from her neighbors, in an almost totally disabled condition. Even if you’re not up for reading about her struggles, just stop by and give her a wave of encouragement with a comment.
Megan in Australia, also lives with ME-CFS, in a very disabled condition, on her own. She writes about that elsewhere but in this blog she is describing the historical sampler she’s working on using design ideas, techniques, and stitches from the 16th century. She also explains how she does everything and provides lots of useful links to sources of historical embroidery. Worth checking out, and do say “hi” so she’ll know you’ve been there.
Sue in northwest USA also lives with chronic illness. She has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities which means she gets really sick when she is exposed to lots of things in ordinary life, so she has to spend most of her time at home, where she makes gorgeous quilts and does other kinds of needleart. Take a look and leave her a comment.
Chitra Gangadharanin in Oman has just begun to blog. A teacher of embroidery, she does beautiful traditional Indian needlework and she gives tutorials on the techniques she uses. Visit her blog and let her know she’s welcome to the stitch-blog community.
Now I’m going to nominate some blogs that I know are already popular, and I’m not going to ask them to pass on the award, as that would probably be a burden for them, but here are some of the blogs that inspire me:
Allie whose incredible creativity in crazy quilt explorations continually inspires me.
Veronique. Don’t miss seeing the belts she has just created for herself. Or the pictures of her garden and travels.
Mary Teacher extraordinaire. Is there a needlework technique in which she is not expert? She offers helpful information on stitches, threads, needlework tools and supplies, and a video stitch dictionary.
Acey Also disabled with ME-CFS, she creates bold, unique works of needleart.
Conni What she’s doing with a sampler is definitely worth seeing. You should also go to her website to see her adorable and artful Santas.
Barbara works in several needlework types, knitting as well as quilting and embellished embroidery. And a great source of cheer for me.
Nancilyn Beautiful designs and exquisite stitching. A source of inspiration and pleasure.
Karen Beautiful crazy quilting. She also offers fabric packs that are a great way to add to stash. I know, I have several of them.
Judy Of all things, this retired needlework designer does crazy quilting in needlepoint. So original. Must see.
And last but not least, another newbie to the stitch bloggers, but much beloved by many crazy quilt stitchers, the great Carole Samples.
Okay, I’ve more than done my duty. I hope you will find some pleasure in visiting these blogs.
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