Ah, the Flossie Willy studio, it's where all the magic happens. Of course it's not always a magical place filled with unicorns and rainbows. There is a lot of staring at my work up on the wall while drinking copious amounts of coffee and contemplating my next step. But for the most part it is my little oasis where I create fiber art, sew and work on design projects for my freelance clients.  The studio is located at the back of my 100 year old house, about nine miles west of downtown Chicago. I have filled this 12' x 12' room to the brim. Is it usually messy? Yes! Is there yarn or fabric scraps all over the floor? You betcha! Am I embarrassed by it, no way! I tend to work on several projects at the same time and don't always clean up before switching focus.  I have rearranged the studio so many times, I've even pulled in creative friends, thanks Sharon and Asia, to help with the layout. I tend to switch things up when I'm about to start a big job. This is ...
I have little scraps of yarn everywhere. I have to admit my studio stays pretty messy. I really try and tidy up when I start a new project but unfortunately it doesn't stay that way very long. Which I guess isn't horrible because, I'm always creating something in there. I have so many yarn scraps left over from my weavings that I hate to throw them out so I started using them for my latch hook art. Latch hook sample using scrap yarn from weavings. I have a ton of embroidery hoops that I've sourced from thrift stores and estate sales. I usually use them for my embroidery or punch needle art, but thought they would be perfect for this piece. First, lay your fabric over your embroidery hook and make sure you have about 1.5-2" extra for finishing. Next attach the canvas to the hoop as you would if you were doing an embroidery piece. Tighten the screw at the top of the hoop and make sure to tighten that screw now and then because you want the canvas nice an...
My current reads are all about fiber art. I bought a couple magazines and picked up some books at the library recently. I've spent the last few days pouring over all the new techniques I want to learn and freshening up on the ones I'm currently using. When I was in Columbus a few weeks ago, visiting my youngest at The Ohio State University, I purchased a couple issues of Koel magazine at  Yarn It & Haberdashery , a cute little yarn shop. What I love about Koel magazine , first it's a beautifully designed magazine, and second it's filled with artist profiles and techniques. The magazine and website have patterns for macrame, weaving, punch needle and so much more. You can also buy hand spun yarn on their site. As you can see on my Instagram account , I started doing punch needle embroidery a couple of months ago and I am so hooked. It's an easy craft to learn, travel with and perfect while binging your favorite show on Netflix. I picked up Pun...