Friday, January 24, 2014


I am happy to welcome everyone to my newly redesigned Blog in honor of  Vicki's Grow Your  Blog Party!!!

I have studied many forms of embroidery my entire life but it became a serious addiction when I retired in 1998.   I continued taking class in different types of embroidery and was making my second crazy quilt when I attended my first class at the Ecole Lesage, Paris France , in 2007.   I was literally HOOKed on the tambour technique or as the French call it the Lunéville Hook.
Tambour Hook
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I have incorporated the couture embroidery techniques I am learning in France along with my years of embroidery experience to create my own unique art quilts. 

Couture Circle Quilt
 My blog gives me a platform to express my creativity!

Please check out the Ecole Lesage class pieces listed under the Labels Lesage I,II,III, and IV.

To celebrate this event I am giving away this whimsy.  I made it for the Etsy account I never got around to opening.  Leave a comment and I will put you in the drawing.  The winner will be selected and announced on February 15, 2014. 
The Feathered Lady              6"by 7 1/2" 
Please poke around my blog to see what I am up to!!

To see the other 595 bloggers who are coming to the party click here....................  TO GROW YOUR BLOG 


  1. My best friend is a quilter and all round amazing crafter.She has a small fabric crammed workroom. it is so cozy in there, I love it.

  2. Hi Shirlee....ty for your comments on my blog. Your work here leaves me speechless. What talent!. I could only hope to be as good as you are! You are a true artist!

  3. Beautiful embroidery!! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

    Judy in Colorado
    Attic Raggedys

  4. Hi Shirlee, lovely to meet you and have enjoyed visiting. Thanks so much for leaving me a lovely comment.

  5. what beautiful work so glad you left a comment on my blog I am nowfollowing along bestest daisy j

  6. Hi Shirlee,

    Your work is amazing! I have a few friends that do this type of work so I will share your blog with them. Have a great day.

  7. Hi Shirlee... nice to meet you! I absolutely LOVE the work you do! I've never attempted crocheting. I'll follow you and see it rubs off! lol My granddaughter also lived with us during her teen years. She's 22 now and working as a caregiver for developmentally delayed women, all while in nursing school. Looking forward to keeping track of your wonderful creations.
    Sweet Blessings, Chris

  8. PS... I encourage you to start your Etsy shop! Your work is amazing and I can imagine will be highly sought after! Let me know if you need any help or more encouragement!
    hugs, Chris

  9. Hi Shirlee,
    I came via the blog hop and I'm excited to see another stitching blog.. love your passion and creative work.. I've followed you on GFC.. hope to read more of your post.. ;D

  10. I am a new follower so I can learn new things-your pieces are so stunning. I am getting ready to make a wool crazy patch purse with lots of embellishments-so will be fun learning to stitches.
    Please stop by for a visit too, would love to be in your beautiful giveaway Kathy

  11. I am having fun finding new bloggers to sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  12. I love the look of your new blog and would love to win the piece you are giving away. Someday soon, I hope to try the Lueneville hook type of beading.

  13. Your blog is so lovely...I have wanted to learn to use the tambor method, but there are no classes around my area...your quilt is just stunning.

  14. Hi Shirlee, just stopping by to visit on my tour of grow your blog bloggers. Your embroidery work is gorgeous and your giveaway piece is simply stunning. So glad to meet you and I look forward to visiting again. Have a great day.


  15. Such a generous giveaway. You really are a talented lady. Your work is lovely!

  16. This new presentation is magnificent!
    I am admiring of your talent, and your training at the school Lesage benefits magnificently your patchworks!
    I am late to thank you for your good wishes dear Shirlee, but it is of any heart that I wish you a very beautiful year of 2014!

    Beautiful day
    Friendships of France

  17. Hi Shirlee

    I am enjoying your blog and I love what you are doing with the beaded purse.

    Maureen is such a sweetie.


  18. Hi Shirlee, Pleased I found your blog via GYB. what lovely work and the blog design beautiful.

  19. Hi
    Your work is stunning !!!
    I do embroidery but just de simple one. But I found it very relaxing and magical, because you can change a boring thing in a especial thing

  20. Those tools look dangerous, be careful!!

  21. Hey Shirlee, oh your embroidery is lovely! And I have to admit making a mold of your body looks like it was a lot of fun! It has been lovely getting to know you.


  22. Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog...that dress form is...not sure I could do that, I hate feeling trapped and gosh, THAT would feel trapped! You've got skills galore!

  23. Boy, there's some beautiful work afoot here! And, how interesting about the dress form! Count me as your newest Follower from the Blog Party - Happy Creative Wednesday, Shirlee - Tanya

  24. Hello Shirlee
    So lovely to be visiting thanks to coming to my blog and via the link in your earlier post (thank you!!!).

    Your creativity is just amazing and I admire your commitment to your work. I so love what you create and am intrigued by the tambor method! I'm also intrigued by "your" dress form and how you use it in your dressmaking.

    Your blog header is gorgeous!

    Wishing you all the best!
    PS gorgeous little collage!

  25. Hello Shirlee...
    I'm slowly getting around all the party blogs and stopping off at what interests me!

    You are such a creative talent - I'm enthralled by your embroidery using the Lunéville Hook method.
    How exciting to be part of their class in Paris!

    Your beautiful blog header speaks volumes about who you are and exhibits part of your embroidery portfolio.

    Please enter me in your lovely giveaway.

    I would love you to visit my blog (there's a French connection) and enter my giveaway too!

    I'm following you now and look forward to many visits to feast my eyes.
    I'm Inspired!


  26. So nice to meet you at the GYB party and see your lovely creations! Your work is just beautiful! I'll be following... ~Terri

  27. Your works are lovely...i love embroidery and your giveaway is beautiful.

  28. Have been a fan of yours since you started your circles art quilt. Love your work - very original! Thks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  29. Hello. I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. Your embroidery is lovely - love your jacket with the embroidery.

  30. Such a beautiful blog. It has been a pleasure visiting.

  31. Oh, I love your giveaway. Enjoyed seeing the dressmaker form process. That's so cool!

  32. Wow I love my visit. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 541 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site contact info is I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.