We are all Artists

doodlestitchI’ve been stitching recently. Not cross stitching, though I’ve been doing some of that, too. But I’ve been inspired by a couple images I found on Pinterest of people with gorgeous, colorful work that was based on doodles.

I’ve also been remembering that I’m an artist.  So.  For this piece, I drew directly onto the fabric. Then I started stitching from there. I’m enjoying it immensely. And loving the spontaneity of it.

It got me thinking. I love this kind of work. I know that there are a lot of people who don’t like doing the drawing side of the art, but would love to have a one of a kind piece after they are done stitching. So I’m going to be offering 8X10 inch designs, all one of a kind (commissions happily accepted). They will come with the design drawn freehand on the fabric, designed at 7.75X9.75 so that they’ll easily fit in an 8X10 inch standard mat opening, and 4 inches of extra fabric all around, for more finishing options. I’m also considering round drawings that can be framed in a hoop. I’ll include a pamphlet of basic embroidery stitches, but all color and stitch designs will be up to the stitcher, to create a true artistic collaboration. $45.00 including Priority Mail Shipping in the US.

I’ll be putting these up on etsy soon. But in the meantime, if you’d like to commission one, just email me, or Message me on Facebook (http://facebook.com/goldencircledesigns or http://facebook.com/deromilly. I do check my “other” folder regularly, so if we’re not friends, you’ll still get to me…  And I’m happy to invoice you and sell directly if you don’t want to deal with making an Etsy account!

Cross Stitch as Art

I am currently in the throes of putting together a proposal for a beginning crazy quilting class and decluttering my studio (removing everything that doesn’t have to do with painting, stitching or the design business. Which means that I’m rather slow on the writing, and videotaping has to wait until there is space TO videotape!…

Happy New Year… and Shop news

Happy 2015, everyone! I hope that you all have had a great holiday season and are ready to dive into more stitching in the next few months! I am happy to announce that Monday I will be releasing a new chart, based on a crewel design I posted as an Elmow several years back. Little…

Time for a Technique Circus!

See this little bear? I made him as a tween. He’s made from leftover fabric from one of my Halloween costumes. But what’s really special is that the pattern came in the mail direct to me. It was part of a “club” that my grandmother signed me up for one year as a birthday present….


I’ve been asked again recently, why I do this. One of my cousin’s years ago asked me why I create designs for hand stitching, when you can stitch easily by machine… I didn’t have an answer at the time. But I’ve been digging for one ever since. I think I’ve finally found it. Not necessarily…