from Rebekah's workroom

a blog about creativity, design, and wool appliqué

A Study in Color: Mustard

As summer comes upon us, I begin thinking in golden colors. The evening sun streaming through my westward windows, goldfinches shedding wintry plumage for brilliant summer hues, and sunflowers turning their faces to the light all come to my mind as think about yellow. And then there’s spring tulips, lemonade, ripened pears, antique yellow ware…I could go on and on. I wouldn’t say I’m a true “yellow” kind of person. I usually reside in the mustard shades of yellow in my work. I love the warm golden tones, tinged sometimes with greens, browns, and oranges, and I use them frequently in my designs. Mustard is probably the hardest color for me. Perhaps because its tone is so easily altered, I fin

A Journey with Sibbel: Book Giveaway

I always meet the most interesting people in my classes. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Greening Davis in Florida when she took one of my workshops. Susan has been a cross stitch designer/teacher for 30 years. The celebration of the history of this needle art is at the center of her work, as she promotes the study and appreciation of historic samplers through her teaching. We were talking about her work as a designer during class when I asked her if she had a book. And indeed she does! It’s called A Journey with Sibbel: An 18th Century Orphan’s Study of Needlework, sold through C&T Publishing. The projects are all inspired by an antique Belgian sampler which bears the


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