Last year was a hectic (but good) year for me. One thing I missed, however, was my own “studio” work. I pledged (to myself) that I’d turn it around for 2019. And I’m doing it; I started another
1 Year of Stitches
I decided on a theme for this year which will dictate the imagery featured in the hoop: plants, cats, and interesting objects. This month, I started by stitching philodendron leaves and eventually moved to a cat to crotons to a Staffordshire dog statue. I also used the dog as an anchor for planning the bottom of the hoop—I’m going for dense stitching at the bottom. Near the top, where the philodendrons sit, I’m planning for it to be visually lighter. Of what? Who knows.
Original plant and cat embroidery
Since the last time I shared my hand embroidery, I have finished a couple of one-of-a-kind pieces. One is dedicated to cats that love cacti, and the other is about felines who are feelin’ the fiddle leaf fig. The latter is inspired by my cat Sadie, who once tried to scale my fiddle leaf tree. (She failed, but a good effort I suppose.) These are both available on
I’m also working on another cat surrounded by calathea leaves. It should be finished by my next check-in!