Chris Booth met the Chair Challenge

Chris sent in this photo of her lovely hand quilt for the challenge of Chairs. The subtle colors of pinks in the background are beautiful and the chairs are whimsical with their different colored checked seats. I love the fact that she carved a chair stamp to start the piece. Well done, Chris, and thanks for all the times you’ve taken part in our challenges.

Chris Booth Chairs

FROM CHRIS: When the topic was posted, I immediately saw multiples. The best way to do that was to carve a stamp with linoleum. The background is ice dyed and hand quilted. 


PORTRAITS: Interview and website of Melissa Zexter

Under the category of site seeing: 

The website of Melissa Zexter, who does wonderful embroidery portraits, is HERE and an interesting interview with her is HERE.

Are you working on the portrait challenge?

The Final Challenge is PORTRAIT

The final Needle Thread Cloth Challenge is PORTRAIT.


KIMAKA HARA Visit her site for a cheerful, whimsical tour!

There are many ways to explore the idea of portraits. It could be a self portrait entirely made from scratch or one could use a photo and stitch into it.  A portrait doesn’t have to be literal. It can be a mood piece that describes who you are. It can be a portrait of a pet, a friend, or a family member.

The pinterest inspiration board is HERE. The board has some interesting examples ranging from the über realist portraits by CAYCE ZAVAGLIA  and DANIEL KORNRUMPF to the whimsical and fun portraits of KIMIKA HARA to the curiosity work of DAVID CATA who literally embroiders portraits on his hands.

This month’s challenge is a complex one and we are leaving the choice of stitches to you.  We can see this challenge bringing in some wonderful work, perhaps pet portraits that are stuffed toys, or charming, delicate self portraits. Push yourself to come up with something that describes you or the person or animal that you represent with needle thread and cloth.

This will be a one month challenge and is due on May 31. Please send the photos to


or send a link to your blog or post about the work. We look forward to the results of the PORTRAIT challenge.

Please leave a comment on this post if you plan to join the challenge. If you leave a comment, we believe it makes more of a commitment to the project which is good for you,  plus this is our FINAL challenge!




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Chris met the Heart Challenge

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chris Booth

Chris Booth Heart Challenge

 From Chris: I used freezer paper to cut hearts and adhered them to muslin to serve as masks. I used fabric paint to apply random brush strokes over it all to set the colour scheme and create a background. I removed the freezer paper revealing blank heart shapes in which to use stitchery. It was interesting to use the one stitch in different groupings to create different patterns. Chris Booth

This challenge runs to the end of February.  Please send in your photos to:


Angela met the challenge!

Angela Ng Wear Challenge

Angela Ng Wear Challenge

From Angela: I’ve used a light blue cloth with an orange (light) organza for the dress. Decorated with pearl beads I’ve made a crochet flower (using lace thread) as a brooch. On the background, I used a grey Polka Dot cloth and lace as decoration. I had a hard time choosing the for the final touch, I was thinking of using a Fan or a Shoe or a ribbon. In the end, I’ve chosen a vintage heart button to go with it. I really like this, is like my dream dress.

To read more about how Angela made this and see her other work, visit her website HERE.

Jan met the challenge!

Heart Embroidery Jan

Heart Embroidery Jan

From Jan: The measurements are 6″ tall by 5″ wide.  I used purple hand-dyed wool that I embroidered with wool DMC floss in pink and purple.  Then I used purple wool floss (in a running stitch) to attach the Paper Whimsy image.   Then I layered the wool heart on top of a piece of batting and a cotton heart (backing).   I then used pink wool floss and applied a blanket stitch around all of the pieces.  The ribbon (‘delight’) was applied using French Knots and I attached a silk ribbon to the top.  Oh, and she needed a pearl button on her blouse!