Sometimes, if you're very fortunate, you may combine a lot of great ingredients in a new way, and it creates something wonderful to share with others.
That's how I feel about my stitching, teaching and designing.
I grew up loving art, played with art, got my degrees in Art Education and taught art in public schools for more than a decade. Then art and I separated for a while, except for an occasional painting or a few dashes of color in a drawing for my son.
In 1999, I casually walked into a store (Dharma Trading) to buy silk for my son's Rube Goldberg-esque school project. Choosing an isle at random on my way to the silk section, I passed a sign announcing "75% off everything in this aisle." Well.....heck!
The aisle was all about silk embroidery and crazy quilting; supplies, VHS tapes, hoops, needles, books, and rows of stunning silk ribbon-which I had never before encountered.
Embroidery to me was, up until that fateful day, cotton floss, preprinted tablecloths and dresser scarves plus a short, very primitive segway into Erica Wilson flowers.
Three shopping bags later (and yes-I had remembered the $2.75 square of silk for the school project!) I had planted myself in front of our living room TV with the first Judith Baker Montano tape. I emerged at 3 in the morning, having practiced all of the silk ribbon stitches from the tape and many of the crazy quilting stitches from her Crazy Quilt Handbook. Bleary-eyed doesn't begin to describe how my vision felt!
6 months later, A Travel Journal took a Best in Class and three special awards at the huge Marin Quilt and Needlearts Show. The rest, as they say, is history.
While creating that first wall quilt, I went to a meeting of an Embroiderers' Guild of Americachapter, Marin Golden Threads. The women were helpful, supportive, fun to be with and welcoming. I was very confused by all the terms being bandied about: 'GCC', 'ICC", ''Stumpwork'...Greek to me! They were endlessly patient with my questions.
It's been eleven fruitful years of EGA membership, and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world. I now teach and travel for EGA, have held various posts on the chapter and region levels, and dearly cherish my EGA friendships.
In 2009, Marin Golden Threads and EGA members from across America and Canada joined me in the Threads for Healing Project. That August, nearly two tons of stitching supplies, all donated by members, went by container cargo ship from California to Australia, to replenish the stashes of hundreds of stitchers in the Victoria fire storm area. The wonderful gals at Country Bumpkin, publishers of Inspirations Magazine, handled the distribution through the Australian Red Cross. Schools, church groups, stitching clubs and healing circles all received enough supplies to get them moving forward to a better tomorrow thanks to EGA.
Embroiderers are very special people!
I hope you enjoy visiting my web site. It is still 'under construction' and will be improving over the next few months.
Plans include a direct ordering section through PayPal, and a hot link section to those suppliers and artists I have come to respect.
Best Stitches to You!
Sara (far right) and three proud students displaying their finished Snake Missed Eden Too brooches; closing banquet, Rocky Mountain Region Seminar 2008.
When not stitching, teaching or working at her 'day' job, 'Queen' Sara sometimes finds a moment to celebrate with her Red Hat Society friends.
Embroiderers' Guild of America
Currently Greater Pacific Region Asst. Director
2011 Recipient National Research Fellowship
Past President, Marin Golden Threads
Mentor: Threads for Healing Relief Project
Public Rel. Chair, 2010 National Seminar
Publicity Chair, 2008 GPR Seminar
Plural Member Redwood Stitchers
National Embroidery Teachers' Assoc.
Petaluma Quilt Guild
Past VP Membership
Marin Needle Arts Guild
Hospitality Chair, 2004 MQNA Show
B.S. Art Education, SUNY New Paltz
M.A. Liberal Arts/Fiber Arts, StonyBrook University
Creative Eye Award, City of New York
...and all those pretty satin ribbons on her studio wall!