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Looking for a Good Home for Needleworks Supplies and Projects

(Note:  Before you get too excited, all supplies have been given a new home. You can still read on if you like.)

I was contacted by Bobbi from New York whose 98 year old mother had moved in with her as we all know is apt to happen when 98 years of age is reached.  I had met them both several years ago when they stopped by Byrdcall Studio to pick up yarn to complete a rya rug kit started in 1946!  (Click here to go to my October 2014 Newsletter to read about our magical encounter.)

In 2014, I assisted Anne Winston (then 94) get back on track with a rya kit she had purchased in Sweden–her homeland–back in 1946. She is known by her family as “Mormor,” Swedish for mother’s mother–or grandmother.

At that time, I didn’t realize that Anne was an avid needle arts hobbyist. She has a collection of many dozen designs of Swedish origin as well as possibly 50 lbs. of various yarns in unimaginable color ranges for crewel, tapestry, cross-stitch–and more needle arts than I even know about from Sweden.  I offered to accept her “abundance of supplies” in light of her inability to use them herself at this point in time. (My mother would have LOVED to have some of these supplies …)  My goal is to put all these supplies into the hands of fiber artists who would use and enjoy them.

This is a small fraction of what I received to give to needle crafters.

Last week, I was sitting in the shade on the side patio eating my lunch when my dog kept telling me “Someone is here!” I walked around the side of the house and found a nice lady from the next town placing 4 large boxes on my front door step.  She was Mormor’s daughter-in-law who had just received this delivery of Mormor’s needlework supplies and books for me.

Now here is where you come into the picture.  These supplies need a home pronto since I do not deal in needlearts supplies–other than rya–and I have no room to store them.  I am immediately looking for people who do needlepoint, embroidery, especially in the Scandinavian tradition to come here to my studio and take some of these supplies home to create with.  If you live far away, I can mail to you if you can tell me generally what you want and trust my ability to fill a small box for you.  All I would ask is to be reimbursed for the postage.

If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this blog posting to them.

If you live within driving distance of Woodbine, Maryland and wish to make an appointment, please call and leave me a message at 410-549-4889.  Let me know a few dates that work for you.  We have an OPEN STUDIO day on Monday, June 18th–10 AM – 4 PM.  Feel free to stop in at that time without an appointment to see what is available.  It all needs to go to a good home…maybe yours.

You may be wondering why I am doing this when my life is so hectic in trying to bring my rya book to final completion and I’m still filling rya orders every day.  The answer is because I can only imagine being a creative 98 years old and having “so much left to do” in life and realizing that there is no way it will be done in one lifetime.  This is a small way I can continue the needle art heritage brought by a Swedish woman to this country over many years of her life.

I received a big bag of graphs, designs, and drawing of patterns. You may need to buy your own canvas though.

If you take some of her supplies or books, I will give you her address and ask that you send her a handwritten little note thanking her.  This way she can enjoy the continuation of her goals and legacy through your efforts in the coming years. Maybe teach a child?

Finally, the rya rug Mormor is knotting in the first photo still needs to be completed.  The backings woven in the 1940s are a little more difficult to knot than the ones made in recent years.  Update: A good friend has offered to take on this big project to be returned to Mormor when complete if she still would like it.

Just look at the subtle differences in these luscious shades of reds!

A typical design. Some have the yarn attached and some you might have to ad-lib

 

 

 

As you can see, there may be some aging on some of the canvas or perhaps a needle rust mark, but hey, it could be 50+ years old.

Note added Saturday, May 19th:  As you may guess, the items described below are moving fairly quickly.  Sunday afternoon a few more people are coming to see what needle works they can gather for projects.

Note added June 13th:  Several more people have come by for fiberarts supplies in the past couple of weeks.  More than half the supplies have been picked up.  An amazingly generous friend has offered to mend the 1946 rya backing (where it had been folded and warp linen was broken) and she has offered to complete the rya rug for Mormor!  The circle of gift giving.

Feel free to comment below.

 

Help Me to Help You with Rya Problem Solving

To the rescue! When I saw my friend, Angie, had posted frustration and this photo in a Facebook posting, I–along with others–jumped in to offer encouragement. She wrote: “Trying desperately to get back to work – cleaned the study, cleared my desk, organized my piles of papers, put away the books, called my muse… but nothing is happening 🙁 “

So it happens.  You think nothing can go wrong, but then, something stops you.  I am finalizing one of the last chapters in my book on TROUBLE-SHOOTING.  I am going into detail on all of these progress stoppers, but what am I forgetting?  Have you come up against a wall for any reason when working on a rya?  Tell me about it…if fact, tell everyone about it (unless it was because of a booboo I made–then just tell me!)  Hit the reply button below and tell me things you want to be sure I included in the book.

What Can Go Wrong? How to Prevent and Fix it:

  • You (or someone in past generations) packed it away in a closet due to major life change. (a baby coming, moving, new job, family emergency…)
  • You forgot how to make the knot.
  • You ran out of a yarn color, and the company that made it no longer exists.
  • You lost your graph (or the dog ate it.)
  • You loose track of where you were headed in your designing process
  • You suddenly don’t like a particular color combination.
  • Your body is not as young as it used to be.  

Most of the questions will be answered clearly in the book, but what if I missed something.  This is your opportunity to tell me not to forget anything that is important to you–and others for sure.

Leave comments below.  They may not show up immediately, but check back in a few hours or a day.  Many thanks, Melinda Byrd

Again I Need Your Help . . . Metric or Imperial System?

First, I want to thank you for all the title suggestions and comments shared on my last blog.  There were 20 comments and ALL were very meaningful and helpful.  I think I have made the big decision, but will wait until closer to book release time to reveal the winner.  That also gives me a little leeway in case I change my mind again.

Sometimes it is the little things that prevent progress.  I have so few knowledgeable rya chums to bounce ideas off of, I come to you …and most of you I’ve never met.  But you are so helpful and important to me.

METRIC:  Throughout my book I have written all measurement in the Imperial system (inches, feet …) followed by the Metric system (cm and M)  in parentheses.  I know most of my customer base are from the USA and most slip into a catatonic state when I mention lengths in centimeters.  I majored in the biological sciences in college and always used the metric system, but even my USA-brain thinks in the Imperial system in daily communication.  The main problem is to list both in the book text every time I mention a length makes the sentence look unwieldy and is a little hard to read.  So do I use the Imperial system, metric, both, or put a conversion table in the appendix.  YOU may have a better idea. I think I know what needs to be done, but I’m looking for reassurance.  (Now you know how insecure I really am.)

I made this rya pillow when I was in 6th grade. It has been the dog pillow for my last 4 dogs.

Making Rya Pillows:  I have made dozens of rya rugs, but only one as a pillow.  I know how I did it, but it might not be the best way. I would like to share in my book a few different ways to turn your rya into a pillow.  I know several of you have done this.  How did you do it? What are the issues to consider. (My grandparents didn’t teach me everything!)

Hanging:  And another thing I am not an expert on: How do you hang a rya rug on the wall.  I have them hanging nicely all over my house, but is my way the best way?  More and more people are hanging their ryas as the fine art that it is.  Most figure out what works best for them and they just do it.  Now I am asking all of you who have adlibbed a hanging system to share it with me–and the world!

Some backings have a hollow hem into which a dowel can be slid.

A narrow sleeve can be sewn on your sewing machine then hand-stitched to the top of the backing for a hanging rod.

A couple of you have already shared your techniques with me, and I appreciate it.  Just thought I’d put out the call for multiple good ideas to be included in the book … I don’t want to have to write it again!

I guarantee there will be more questions in the coming weeks as I grapple with the most challenging paragraphs.  Thanks in advance.  Please share with others who have knowledge in these fields of interest.

Please respond below and we can get a conversation going.  You may not see you comments immediately, but check back later to see how the conversation is going. Many helpers make my work lighter.  And hopefully my book will will make your projects easier.

Cheers,  Melinda

 

Help Me Name My Rya Book?

I’ve been working on my rya rug-making book for over 4 years now, and the end is in sight!

All along I have been calling it Design and Make Your Own Rya Rug with a “subtitle” A Hands-On Guide to Off-Loom Scandinavian Rya Rugs, but as I get closer to the finish line I am starting to have second thoughts, wondering if there is a better title.  I know titles are important.  Should it be matter-of-fact?  Catchy?  Playful?  It must be memorable. Can you help? If anyone comes up with a new and different title that will make the cover SING, they may find a free book in their hands once it is published.  So chime in, throw your ideas into the pool.  Just click on “Leave a Reply” below.  (Your comment might not appear right away, but it will soon…check in later.)

. . . “The Knotty Rya” . . . “The Knotty Rug” . . .”Knot Another Rya!”  Oh, you can do better!

The book is conversational and empowering to the reader who wants to make a rya rug–and hopefully design their own rya.  There is some history of the Nordic art, but it is not a history book.  It has lots of examples and stories about and by individuals who have taken rya rug-making to new heights.  Most of all, it walks the reader through all they need to know to design and make their own rya rug…hey! That sounds familiar. It has some math and charts and worksheets, lots of photos, and resources for supplies and more information.  Any questions?  This would also be a great time to make requests for things you are looking forward to seeing in the book…It is probably already in there, but it isn’t to late to add more of what you are looking for.

Feel free to comment on each other’s comments. Vote for the best title ideas.

Thank you!!!                        —Melinda

Counting on T-shirts

One month ago I offered to handprint any design on any of my 125+ blank shirts.  Many of you took advantage of the offer and placed orders.  I cut the order acceptance off on Thanksgiving, and started printing the very next morning and the next whole day.  For every design ordered, I printed another 5-8 shirts to plump up my printed shirt bins.  So today with achey back and hands I have updated my shirt listings in my etsy shop which I will share with you as links you can click on to see what is available in each size.  (11/28/17: I still have a few sizes to photograph and list…but this is a good start.

I’m not accepting any more custom print orders, but the odds are I might have just what you want ready-to-go in my shirt bins.  The best way to find out is to click on the size you want in either Ladies or Unisex (Men’s) Style.  The link will take you to my etsy shop.  Don’t worry, you won’t be dealing with a stranger…it’s me checking my etsy orders every day and popping your orders in the mail to you.

As many of you know, my work goals are shifting to helping bring back the rya craft, so the shirts are just a side dish for me.  There will come a day when I must let it go, but while I have so many shirts and so many shirt-lovers nipping at my heals, I will find a way to make them available to you.  Thanks for understanding.  I will not be printing any more shirts this year!

Check the following links to see what is available today:  

Click to see list #1 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see list #2 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see Ladies Medium shirts

Click to see the Ladies Large Shirts   

Click to see Ladies X-Large shirts.

Click to see Ladies 2XL shirts.

 

Click to see the Men’s SMALL shirts  

 When you click, you can click on the photo and see close-ups of all the shirts.

 

Click to see Men’s MEDIUM shirts  

(I have plenty!)

Click to see Men’s LARGE shirts  

Click to see Men’s X-LARGE shirts.  

(I have plenty…just trying to change up the photos a little bit.  This shirt is available in X-Large.

Now for the Silk-screened shirts by size.  Many of these prices are drastically lowered to clear out almost-sold-out designs.  Help me out, OK?

Men’s Small Silk-screened shirts  

Men’s MEDIUM Silk-screened Shirts

Men’s LARGE Silk-screened Shirts

LONG-SLEEVE LADIES – All Sizes
LONGSLEEVE UNISEX – Handprinted Shirts ALL SIZES

I have many more shirts which I will keep photographing and listing here, so come back soon to see my hand-printed long-sleeved shirt and my silkscreened shirts.

 

 

Update on Frostagarn — New Price Break on Vintage Swedish Frostagarn

October 8, 2017–update:  Since last month’s bulk discount announcement, three colors have run out.  The photo to the left reflects the current availability.

I purchased many boxes of the Borgs Swedish yarn called Frosta over a year ago from an estate sale on the west coast.  It was produced in the mid-century modern period and is no longer made. I have listed it in my etsy shop, and sales have been brisk at $8/100gram with 110 Meter on the skein. Generally yarn of this caliber ranges from $10-16/skein

As of this blog-posting, I will be reducing the price for larger orders to help move the yarn to fiberartists who are on budget or just looking for a good deal.  It is currently the lowest priced yarn I carry, and frankly I need the space for newer yarns coming in.

If you are buying 1-14 skeins, the price is $8 per skein.  Notice the price drops significantly as you buy greater quantities.  If you want to order for a group of friends, why not bring the price down to $5/skein.  There will be no delay in shipment because it is on on premises right now.

A color sample card is included in my Samples package sold on etsy. The colors are limited to two basic color ranges: HOT pinks, oranges, and yellows ….

and COOLER natural greens, browns and golds.

Note: The chocolate brown, rust, and two other greens are now gone. See sample card at the top of post for availability–though quantities are less.

They can be used with other Frostagarns or mix them with Rauma, Lundgren, or Asborya (currently made by Borgs selling at $13-16/sk.)   You can mix and match colors as you choose. Any quantity, as long as it is still available or any Frostagarn color, just send me a list of what you want and I will send you an online invoice.  Or if you’d rather purchase through etsy, send me an etsy message telling me what you want, and I will do a special listing just for you.  Very easy.

Here are the price breaks:

1 – 14 skeins @ $8.00/skein

15 – 25 skeins @ $7.00

26 – 49 skeins @ $6.00

50+ skeins @ $5.00

Here is a close-up shot of a totally Frostagarn-made rya.  It has a coarse feel as most rya yarns do.  The twist is looser than other rya yarns, but the twist is maintained when the loops are cut.  I made sample swatches of rya rugs (like the photo below) using every type of rya yarn I carry, and was very pleasantly surprised at how nice the Frostagarn functioned solo on a backing.  I have been adding maybe 10-20%  Frostagarn to most my kits I offer along with a mix of the Lundgren, Rauma ryegarn and prydvevgarn, and Asborya.

By comparison (for those in the know), the same company, Borgs in Sweden made Frostagarn as they still make the Asborya today which sells for $13-$16.  The older yarn has the more characteristic coarse rope-like twist than the new which is definitely more on the soft side.

 

Vintage Rya Kit Looking for a Home –and Future Site of Adopt-a-Rya ~ Buy-a-Rya

9/6/17  I will be adapting this blog to be a constantly changing and interactive site for people who want to find a suitable home for a cherished rya rug, or kit that was–for whatever reason–not completed.  People find me since I have been “talking rya” since the internet was invented.  So I am a logical source to do postings.  I am not taking commissions.  I only want to post for the passionate rya folks who want to find a good home for their ryas (their “children”.  Either as a gift or for minimal charge.  Stay tuned… I have three offering to add to this blog soon.

In the meantime, check out this kit shown below.  It is a totally unknotted kit which will look like the one in the picture after you knot it and walk on it for 30 years.

Blog:  I don’t normally broker ryas for sale for people–so nobody ask me to do this for them, but when Jan from Boulder, Colorado called the other day asking if I knew anyone who would want this complete vintage rya kit from the 1970’s, I thought I’d help her.

It is a rare thing to have a complete rya kit made by Marks in Sweden.  It is 120 x 175 cm or 47″ x 69″.  Her family had two kits and made one.  That is the one in the photo that has been walked on for decades.  The kit contain a very high quality wool and linen backing, all the rya yarn, graph, threading card–all like new.

Jan is asking $600 for the kit plus shipping.  For that size rya, that is a very fair price.  I am taking no commission.  If you are interested, contact her directly at djborstein@gmail.com or call 303-960-8982.  She would be happy to send you more photos or answer any questions.

Open Letter to my “Stitches United” Rya Class

Dear Class,

I decided to share this letter as a blog because there are so many others out there who might be in the same stages of rya learning as you.  Plus, this way, you can all communicate with each other and me by adding comments below.  Maybe even people who were not in the class might ask questions or offer ideas, too!

First let me say, I totally loved being your instructor at Stitches United in Hartford, CT last week.  I now know that people who handle yarn regularly as knitters or weavers have a more natural tendency to grasp the basic concepts of graphing a rya rug.  I can’t wait to see the outcome of your designing work.  You were all so diverse in your designs.

But I also know that once you are away from class it is easy to forget something or find that your knots are doing things that you didn’t intend them to do, so let me know how I can help get you back on track if anything goes wrong.  Here are some typical questions that arise:

What do you do if you skipped a warp bundle and your knots are not lining up as you expected?  It happens to the best of us.  Easy to fix.  First confirm that the knots you are making now look exactly like the knots you were making in class and have not morphed into some mutant knot.  If the knot is fine, but you just skipped a “hole” you can get back on track by either extending another knot to “skip another hole” or use the warp bundle next to the gap twice…overlap a knot. Who would know?  Of course you can pull knots out by the head, and replace them where they belong or just change your design slightly.   I almost never pull out knots to fix a mistake.  If you can get away with fixing a booboo so no one knows it happened, that is an excellent choice.

What if you started making 15-16 knots from each threading, but as you progress, your loops get steadily longer and now, half way through, you realize you are getting 13-14 knots per threading?  You might be okay with the amount of yarn given for this class, but you might run out, and that is not a problem, just an inconvenience.  Best thing would be to cut back on the loop length gradually, and increase the “turn of your scissors to make a slightly greater variation in the pile length of each knot.  No one will know.  😉

Remember the Gray Fireflower design on which you all made your first knots?  I just finished that a couple of evenings ago.  I really like it.  Take a look.

And by the way, remember that horrible-looking chart to help you mathematically calculate the amount of yarn you would need?  I did that chart using Gray Fireflower as the example, and I am ecstatic to say that the quantities of yarn I gathered to make that rya came out perfect with about  7-9 strands extra of every color.  I knew it should work out, but to do those calculations and a couple weeks later have it come out right on target…just thought I’d confirm with you the the system works!

Now I am adding you all to my e-newsletter mailing list as you all gave me permission to do.  I welcome you to send me photos of your rya work and any question you might have.  Post your questions and comments below.  (You might not see your posting right away, since I have a security measure to keep spammers from posting their ads.) I don’t think you can post pictures in the comments, but I can edit this blog and add your photos as you send them.

Thanks and keep in touch…  Melinda Byrd

PS  Here is the first photo sent by Grace with her cat design a little more than halfway done! I love your colors, facial features, and whimsicality! (Grace is already planning her next rya.)

 

And here is Grace’s complete and hanging on the wall!  Amazing…

Here is Karen’s all complete.  She revised the necklace design at the end (due to shortage of a color she was planning to use) but the outcome is very eye-catching!

And this just in from Julia Horgan, inspired by the drawing of the hydrangea flowers and leaves.  Great color blendings.

 

And this just in from Connie–now complete!  Looking good! Great technique–actually ALL of you have great technique! (In case you forgot, Connie’s inspiration was the calendar page of the fall colors in the aspen grove–zoomed in.) Love it!

And below is Nancy’s–all done.  Remember how Nancy loved the traditional Finnish ryijy from one of my catalogs? She redesigned a smaller version as seen here, but she also asked me to order the real kit from Finland which she now has received and will be starting shortly.   We know it will be quite different to knot, but the colors will be spectacular and the yarn finer and softer. (Remember the Finnish skein I showed you in class–how it looked like nice yarn for a sweater?)  So stay tuned on Nancy’s report on the new project!

 

So here are the Finnish Kit supplies from Suomen Perinnetekstiilit (Formerly Vuorelma) in Finland.  Since it is a larger backing with many more knots across each row, Nancy will be able to get the clear definition of the tulip flower.  Can’t wait to see her progress.

Remember, feel free to comment below.

VE Magazine features Mid-Century Modern Ryas and my Efforts to Revive the Almost-lost Art of the Rya Rug

Rya Rug-making…Yesterday and Today. This early ad is from one of my old C.U.M. Rya catalogs from Denmark.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from the editor of VE Magazine (stands for VintagExplorer) based in the United Kingdom.  VE is available both in print and online with subscriptions from all around the world.  She was working on an article featuring the history of mid-century modern rya rugs and some of the unique advertisements that were created to put this art form on the map.  You have to see them to believe it!  Click here to go directly to the Rya Rugs article.  If you are a fan of all things vintage, treat yourself to a trip back in time.  Let me know if any of you remember the advertisements.  I recall my grandmother saying, “That’s ridiculous.  Who would put a rya rug in the beach sand?”  But the image lasted for decades for me.

The article also contains rare information about the history of the Nordic ryas to which I can attest there is very little written.  I was thrilled to see the history is very similar to what I have assembled for the history chapter in my book on designing and making the off-loom rya. (Phew!  So I know it is all TRUE!) She wanted to conclude her story with an optimistic word about making a rya rug today…and she found me.  Of course I gave her all the info and photos she needed to complete the story.  The off-loom art of rya rug-making has a new ally of support and outreach to the world.  So exciting to have others sharing the story.

Louise working on her first rya of her own design at the February 2017 Rya Sewing Circle at Byrdcall Studio. Denis is starting on his third rya of the past 12 months!

I think it is really cool that she has put the challenge out to the VE readers to make a rya rug.  A kit is a great way to get started, or start designing your own.

I keep adding to my kits-on-hand inventory from Rauma of Norway each month.  I also have a few of my earlier designs listed on etsy. Why not check out my etsy shop?

If you would like to share your latest rya project, or even a vintage one, post on Pinterest or Instagram with hashtags #vintagexplorermag, #ryarugs, or #midcentury.  Be proud to share in any social media you choose and in real life, too, like as a fiberart in the County Fair!  If there is no category for “Rya Rugs” request a new category for an old craft.   The more we get our ryas “out there” the more people will realize it isn’t just an art of the past.

While your interest is peaked, why not check out these links:  www.vintagexplorer.co.uk and www.mantiquexplorer.co.uk

If you remember these ads, tell us.  If you care to comment about this blog, feel free to do so below.  You may not see your comment immediately, but check it out later and see what others have said.  Thanks!  Knot on!

Perfectly manicured hands demonstrate the rya knotting technique in another promotional photo by C.U.M. Rya of Denmark in 1960s-70s..

 

A Rya Challenge for the New Year

img_0289Happy New Year!  I think we stay young when we do things we have never done before on a regular basis.  If nothing else, it definitely keeps life more interesting.  So that will be one of my driving forces during 2017.

I have been designing and making rya rugs since I was in 6th grade, so my new thing to start the new year is to make a “kit” rya rug from Norway–and an easy one at that. So, for me, my challenge is to not ad-lib or substitute colors.  Why am I holding back on my creativity? img_0267The reason is I have been selling the Rauma Rye (Norwegian for rya; pronounced the same) kits for over a year now and I have never made one.  Most design-kits have been available for decades, if there ever were any “bugs” surely they would have been worked out by now.  I ask my customers after they tell me they have completed a rye kit if they had enough of every color.  Usually the answer is yes, and I have to wonder when they don’t if it is because they made the pile a little too long. img_5967 So now I am putting myself to the test.  I am also putting Rauma to the test. It is coming through with flying colors. Many of my questions are now answered.

The neat thing is: I am totally LOVING making the kit called “ILD” which means “Fire” in Norwegian.  I have seen a photo of a completed Ild in gradations from black-purples-reds-orange-yellows.  But Ild is also offered as a kit in these cool blues-greens, but I didn’t know what they would look like together.

Two evenings ago I started knotting Ild while watch a Netflix movie (Sully, starring Tom Hanks). So sitting on the couch with my rya in my lap, I knotted the bottom 6″ within two hours while watching a riveting movie.  Now, two days later I am almost half way done and I can’t stop! The color combinations are amazing.  This is a great “starter kit.”  It is small 16″ wide by 32″ tall. It is totally symmetrical.  Reasonably priced at $206 for all supplies.  And now it is the only kit of all my Norwegian offerings that is personally “test-driven” by me.  (aside from my own designs!)img_0265

Now I have a fun offer for you. I would like to offer a small rya sewing circle of 3-4 people who want to come to my studio here in Woodbine, Maryland to start on their own Ild kit or any other rya project you would like to make. I’d be happy to set you up with these colors, or the red one, or we could do any color transition you want to do such as browns-rusts-yellows or purples through pinks.  I can personally teach you in a small group setting.  If you can’t come to my studio, You can still buy a kit and I will mail it to you. Click here to see the blue-green option or Click here to see the red-yellow option I’ll start the first few knots for you.  And for January and February, we can do an email progress-sharing report for all Ild makers, and in spring I will post a picture of everyone with their completed rya in what ever colors you chose to make them.  Contact me if you would be interested in starting with this kit this winter.  Let me know your general time availability. Weekdays, or weekend, mornings or afternoons.  Note:  I have just set aside Wed., Feb. 8 from 2-4:00 as a rya sewing circle day.  The first 4 people to contact me will be included in this sharing afternoon together.  Email me at byrdcallstudio@gmail.com.

img_0277All that to say, I AM LOVING THIS RYA EXPERIENCE!  And want to experience it with YOU! Throughout 2017 I plan to shine a spot light on various designs or ways of designing.  Keep me posted if you don’t want to miss a Rya Sewing Circle aimed at giving you confidence and a good healthy start on your project.

If you live anywhere near Connecticut, don’t forget to check out the STITCHES UNITED Conference in Hartford the last week-end in April.  I’ll be teaching there, and there is still time to register for my class. ILD and about 4-5 or my own designs will be on display in the Hartford Convention Center.

Feel free to comment below about other class types you would be interested to have me schedule in 2017.  Completing the book is my #1 priority, but a little class fun really makes my day!