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Welcome! I’m Jodi. I love all kinds of needlework but especially surface embroidery and I’m always trying new techniques and skills. I use this blog to reach out to like minded crafters who might enjoy reading about my - sometimes successful, sometimes tragic - attempts at trying new things. In this blog I’ll link you to crafty travel spots, share my project triumphs and disasters, and slip in the occasional foray into needlework research for inspiration.

I started this blog fourteen years ago when my husband and I were living in Spain, as a way to keep my friends and family back in the US informed about my life. A lot of what I was doing then - as now - was stitching. I was inspired by the street signs, murals and art work which led to some embroidery designs based on all the beautiful sites I was exposed to every day.

I also took the opportunity to visit different countries around Europe and soaked up any information about textiles and needlework I could find while visiting. I went to London and took a class in Hampton Court Palace at the Royal School of Needlework, visited tiny towns in Spain where I could observe local artisans making lace and embroidered textiles, and searched out every textile museum I could find on trips to Italy, Germany and Portugal. These experiences ignited my love of combining travel with needlework and crafts. Since then I’ve continued to search out locations for awesome crafty adventures, including fun spots around the U.S.

Currently I’m concentrating on developing my own style and making my own designs using needlework techniques I’ve learned over the years. My focus this year is working through projects I’ve started and dropped, utilizing supplies I’ve been hoarding in an effort to minimize waste and live a little more simply.

When I’m not stitching you can find me running the occasional 5k, reading lady detective novels, and waiting on my cat hand and foot.