Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pittsburgh Knitting and Crochet Festival

I am honored to be invited to the Pittsburgh Knitting and Crochet Festival as a headliner guest artist this year on March 4 - 6, 2016.  I am not only a quilter but also a felting artist so I rarely get a chance to do both in the same venue.

 I will be teaching classes in Free-Motion Quilting, and Impressionistic Landscape Art on Baby Lock machines.
For those of you who have had any classes with me at Quilting Guilds or belong to any Quilting Guilds where I hav visited  in the past,  there are some discounts for you at the show.
See Below.

Here are the classes I will be teaching:

Introduction to Machine Quilting - Friday  noon to 4PM class

 Journey of an Experimental Quilter - Lecture, Trunk Show and Powerpoint Presentation -  Friday  6-7:30 class 

Fast Fabulous Fillers - Saturday 9 - 1PM class 

Impressionistic Landscapes With Machine Needlefelting -  Saturday 2-5:30 PM

Vivacious Vines and Leaves -Sun 9 - 1PM class 

Machine Quilting on Mid-Arm Sewing Machines with Linda Hall - Sunday    2 -3:30 lecture/demo

All of the above class descriptions can be found on my website under the Baby Lock tab at this link:!baby-lock/cokr

Be sure to hover on the Baby Lock  tab to open the fly-out menu with further options

Here are the discounts being offered to my former guild members:

All members of the Quilt Guilds where I have taught may take 5.00 off any class at the Festival, March, 4, 5, 6 and take 10% off their admission. All classes are listed at:

Many of your favorite stores will be on hand with specials selling fabrics, machines and items needed to enhance your creativity. See a full list of all vendors:
Sponsors include Babylock, Janome, Brother, OttLite, Sizzix,  Innova Longarm, FeltLOOM, and many more. Fabric bundles for the 1st 500 sewers and quilters at the door. (knitting and crochet door related prizes too)
Grand prize Janome machine for one lucky winner.

Any registration with a coupon must be sent in via mail in registration and please write LINDA HALL at the top and deduct your amount from the total. 

I hope to see you there!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Website Updates

I have updated my website with quite  a few new Workshops and Classes.  Please visit and click on the Baby Lock tab.  There will be a drop-down menu that will allow you to visit several more pages of photos and text descriptions.  I also added an Itinerary page in the drop-down menu from the About Me tab that shows where I will be travelling and teaching for Baby Lock this year in 2016.  I am excited about some new ways of creating felted landscapes using a programmable part of the Baby Lock Destiny sewing machine called the IQ Designer.  It allows you to design your own embroidery without having to be a rocket scientist and here is a photo of a class sample teaching how to do this:

January Sunrise
 I am already experimenting with more ways to create detailed trees with the Destiny Embroidery machine.  I used to create trees using bobbin work and here is a sample of that from 20 years ago.

Blessed is the Woman

Here is a close-up of the trees created with couched yarn:

Here are some more projects with trees that used to be done free-motion and took a long time and a lot of skill:


January Sunrise

Saguaro Sunset
Now I can design trees on my computer, upload them into my sewing machine and stitch them out with all kinds of variations and even on top of one another.  I am so excited about this I will be teaching this to whoever invites me for a Baby Lock Embellisher/Destiny event.  Here is what the Baby Lock  Destiny machine look like:

Baby Lock Destiny Sewing, Embroidery, Quilting Machine

Blogger Follower Updates

Below is a message I received from Google for those of you who are following this blog.  Please read carefully to continue being able to find this blog

An update on Google Friend Connect

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Back to Work, Finally

After 2 years of recovery from a devastating spinal chord accident, my husband, Ron is finally back to work on a limited basis.  He was a minister for almost 20 years, starting churches in the Northeast US and then became a professor, training ministers, counselors, and social workers for 14 years in a University setting.  He is now working as an online professor in his field from a home office as he continues his recovery.  That means I was able to get back to my creative work this year also.  This was a monumental year because we moved back across the country to Charlotte, NC to be closer to family and a better climate for Ron's recovery.  Several grand babies were born during this difficult time for us and it was wonderful to be able to finally meet them for the first time.

Ron and I with friends

My son, Joshua Hall and Family With, Me

Another son, Trevor, Erin and new Baby Girl Genevieve

Baby Genevieve

New Baby Cora Aileen
Son Justin and family before Cora

By faith, I committed to travel and teach Quilting Arts in Baby Lock Sewing Machine Events around the country starting in January 2015.  I visited 14 different cities and presented classes, shows and even launched some new sewing tools for the Baby Lock Company.  I featured the Embellisher Machine, (Baby Lock's own felting machine) and the larger Baby Lock Quilting Machines in my classes and demonstrations.  For more information about that and other creative information go to my website  and click on my latest blog there.  This blog will remain dedicated to machine needle felting because there is still a need for new information about machine felted art.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's been almost a year since my husband, Ronald Hall, had a catastrophic, life-changing accident on October 5, 2013.  See the previous post about that.  We spent a total of 5 months in 3 different hospitals and for the past 6 months, I was his full-time nurse/caregiver at home. To top things off, we had just moved to Seattle from PA and he only worked at his new job as a professor at Northwest University for 2 months when this happened.  That meant we were far away from any family or friends and knew no one here yet.  However, people all around us have befriended us and became family with us in this tragedy.  We have been amazed at how people have cared and worked over and above to help Ron succeed in bringing his body back from total paralysis.

Here we are on the other side of this tragedy, putting the pieces of our lives back together again.

Ron and Me on a Ferry to Bainbridge Island, WA

Ron in his Walker

Over the past months Ron has recovered enough that I am back to creating again.  I will return to work with Tacony, the Baby Lock Sewing Machine Company, beginning in 2015.  I will be travelling  the country on a limited basis, presenting workshops on quilting and embellishing  on Baby Lock machines.

While I was caring for my husband I produced a couple of quilts for 2 grandbabies and here are  photos of those:

Collin's Quilt

Madelines' Quilt

These were created using the Baby Lock Ellisimo sewing and embroidery machine.  I embroidered boy cats for Collin and girl cats for Madeline.  I machine -quilted an adapted version of feathers - created to look like cat paws and cat tails, all over the surface of the quilt.  Below are photos of our family celebrating our birthdays in May of this year, 2014.

Justin, Jennifer, Collin, Ron, Me

Our New Grandbaby, Madeline and Toby

Monday, December 16, 2013


Those of you who have been following these posts have probably wondered where I have been lately.  The following is a tragedy that is my life right now - very different from the life I had before.

My Husband and I

My husband, Dr. Ronald Hall, is a professor or Religion and Ministry at Northwest University, Kirkland Washington. We moved here in June of 2013. He worked for one month when the following tragedy occurred.

On October 5, 2013 he was swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Laguna Beach, CA with some former ministry students who had moved when we did from PA to Pasedena, CA to attend Fuller Theological Seminary.  He was to meet up with our son and grandson for a beach weekend.

Bristow Family - Ron on the Right
He was only in the water 10 minutes when a powerful wave picked him up from behind and toppled him over, hitting the sandy bottom and breaking his neck and back in 2 places. He was paralyzed immediately and began to call for help under water.

The Accident Occured in Front of the Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

His friend pulled him out of the water and when he laid him on the sand Ron had stopped breathing and turned blue. By the time the helicopter air lifted him to the trauma center, he was considered a drowning victim because he had ingested a large amount of sea water and sand. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA, had surgery to fix the broken bones, and was in a medically induced coma for 4 days.

 Meanwhile I was in the northeast US doing a series of sewing and felting events for Baby Lock when I got the news. I flew to CA immediately and  we spent the next 5 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit in Mission Viejo, CA Hospital.  However, because this accident occurred at Laguna Beach, I had relatives in San Clemente who took me in to live with them and use their car for as long as I needed it. 

Because of the government shut-down at the time, my twins, who are both military Captains, were able to be on leave and stay with us and help us for 10 days.  My youngest son was travelling in the United Kingdom on a music tour and we encouraged him to stay there and finish the tour.

Ron struggled through 2 surgeries to rebuild the bones in his spine and to regain his health until stable enough to be air lifted back to the University of Washington Medical Center Spinal Cord Rehab  in Seattle, WA.  It took an entire day to get an ambulance to the Orange County Airport, to Redding, CA for refuel, to Seattle Airport, to ambulance to the UW hospital.

Ron in the Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance from Orange County Airport to Seattle Airport
 It just so happens that this Center is the model for other centers in the country and the best possible place he can be to recover the use of his body again.   M youngest son and his wife, Trevor and Erin Hall from PA came to spend Thanksgiving with us.

My Youngest Son, Trevor and Wife Erin at Thanksgiving

 He has been living in the hospital for 4 weeks now and another 4 weeks to go before he is
ready to live at home again. He is still paralyzed but has feeling and some movement throughout his body and in all his extremities. The doctors think he will walk again someday but it will be a long, slow process.  Each day something new happens that gives us hope that he may be able to fully recover from this tragedy.

Ron Hall Still Smiling Through it All
So my days are spent at the hospital, or running errands to maintain our new lives here in Seattle.  We are living in a faculty duplex on the campus of Northwest University where we thought we would be staying temporarily until we found a house to buy.  We are relieved we didn't buy a house after all and are so close to his work as a professor here on campus.  The University has been our extended family and has poured out their love and support even though we are so new to this area. 

I have taken a leave-of-absense from my job with Baby Lock, who has also been very supportive through this entire ordeal and have agreed to work with me on my sewing tours whenever I see my way clear to go back to those.

If any of you would like to keep up to date with our progress or would like to help us in any way, we have set up a website for him where you can see pictures and get weekly updates.  If you click on the tabs underneath Ron's face you can see the comments left by those who have known him over the years, or click on the update tab to see his progress.  You may be able to press your Ctrl button on your keyboard while you click on the link below to go right to the website.  If that doesn't work, try highlighting, copying and pasting the link into your browser address bar.

Some day I will return to fabric and felting but for now, I am my husband's primary care giver and will work toward his full recovery in the future. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Move to Kirkland, WA near Seattle

I’m going into my sixth month of being a travelling Guest Artist for Baby Lock presenting Embellisher classes and Free-Motion Quilting Events in sewing machine dealers all over the country.   I am not able to post as much as I used to but I hope there is enough content on this blog to keep you all informed and busy with your Embellisher projects.

So far I have travelled to:

Lancaster, PA;   New Orleans, LA;  Phoenix, AZ;  Buffalo, NY;  Erie, PA;  Rochester, NY;  Boston, MA;  Santa Rosa, CA;  Denver, CO

But something even more exciting has happened this year.  We moved from Douglassville, PA (Philadelphia area)  to Kirkland, WA and I now live near Seattle.  We moved ourselves with a little help from our friends, driving across the country with a moving truck and 2 cars but we made it in one piece.  We are renting a small place for now but I have a tiny space for working when I am not travelling for Baby Lock.

Here we are in the Badlands of South Dakota on our way to Seattle - bad hair day

Here is where I will be going for the rest of the year:

Grand Rapids & Lansing, MI;  Sanford, ME;  Nashville/Knoxville, TN;  Fresno, CA;  Chautauqua, NY;  Pottstown, PA;  Occoquan, VA;  Manasses, VA;  Richmond, VA  Martinsvill, VA; Frnaklin, NC;  Ashville, NC;  Columbus, OH;  Cleveland, OH;  Rochester, MN;  Beaver Dam, WI;  Buffalo, NY;  Fargo, ND;  Minneapolis, MN;  Chicago, IL;  Lincoln, NB;  Appleton, WI;  and maybe Winston-Salem, NC. 

 If you live anywhere near any of these places and want to take an Embellisher class check out my website Itinerary and the details will be posted there as they become available.  Go to the following link to see what is happening where:

I don’t get as much creating done as I used to but I have all my ideas in print and online in case I forget. Seeing the students  creativity blossom helps me to feel I am still producing art and love through others.

I had to delete many of the previous comments because they were spam.  I hope to hear from any of you that would care to post but please, no one named anonymous.

And for those of you that landed here and NOT interested in Embellishing, let me introduce you to my grandchildren:

Collin, Simon and Collin - the sons of my identical twin boys (now men)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Linda Hall's Baby Lock Promotional Video

I just put up the video to introduce myself to various people and now you can see what I really look like.  I had a lot of video footage left over from making this movie so it will be good to use it here, now that I know how to make videos.

Here is the link:

Also, you can see my travel Itinerary on my website on the Itinerary tab.  If I am anywhere near you, come and introduce yourself.  I would love to meet you and share wooly stories.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Artist with Baby Lock

This past year has been a whirlwind of change for me.  I have been a passionate felter with my Baby Lock Embellisher as many of you are also.  I have loved to share my ideas, hopes and fears on this blog and how my understanding of all things felting have developed.  I will probably always be developing new art with wool as it is my passion but I have a new life now.

Hand-Dyed Wool, Silk, Nylon, Cottswold Curls
I have been accepted into the Tacony Corporation family, creators of the Baby Lock Embellisher Needle Felting Machine, as a Guest Artist, which means I will be travelling the country teaching my felting techniques  and promoting my book, "The Art of Machine Needle Felting" to whomever will have me. I will be presenting Lecture/Demonstrations of my felting techniques as well as a hands-on class for customers to create a felted scarf, like the ones below. Here are some pictures of my Daughter-In-Law, Erin, modelling the scarves for me:

For more information about this visit my website at: and click on the Baby Lock tab.  Scroll down until you see the information about the Embellisher Presentations.

But when I am not felting, I am quilting and teaching others quilting techniques.  I have been developing Free-Motion Quilting Classes locally and teaching that subject regionally for several years now, in order to afford my wool binges at the Sheep and Wool Festival.  Tacony wants me to be travelling and teaching those as well.  Here is a sample of my Free-Motion quilting work I will be teaching on several Baby Lock machines, especially with the new technology just out this year to make it all that much easier. 
Introduction to Free-Motion Machine Quilting

Fantastic Feathers
Free-Motion Quilting Class

I am currently part of the design process of a new tool that will make Free-Motion Quilting with a Stitch Regulator much easier and smoother.  This item should be manufactured and on the market this spring.  I will be travelling and teaching this new technology as well. 

So this means I will be incorporating some new kinds of information here on this blog.  It will still be about felting but it will also be about quilting, my travel stories, and new information as I have it.

Here is travel itinerary this year 2013:

March - Southwest - AZ, NM,TX,LA

April - Northeast - PA, NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH

May - West Coast - CA, CO, NV, HI

Mid-South - KS, MO, MS, AL

Northwest - WA, OR, ID, MT, WV, UT, AK

Near West - MI, IL, IN, KY, TN

Southeast -SC, GA, Fl, PR

Mid- Atlantic - OH, WV, MD, VA, NC

Mid-West - ND, SD, MN, IA, WI

The above itinerary does not mean I will be away for the entire month.  It just means that area of the country has me for that  month and will book events close enough together so that I can travel from one to the other without going home in between.   If you want me to come to your area for Embellisher classes, just google your closest Baby Lock Dealer and ask them to book me.  They can call the Tacony Company Headquarters and set up the details with the Regional Representative for their area.

This is all too exciting for words.  The only downside is that I will be homesick for my studio and making cool stuff but I get to share the cool stuff I have already made with those who would be interested.  If that's you, maybe I will get to meet you this year some time.

Stay tuned for Baby Lock adventures, beginning in February in Pennsylvania.

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Booklet "Creative Ideas for the Baby Lock Embellisher"

A lot has happened since I last posted.  I have been waiting until things are more definite but I am ready to tell you all the good news now. 

I had a wonderful time at Babylock Tech in St. Louis in August and met a lot of wonderful creative people. I was invited to set up a display booth of my work and present new ideas for the Babylock Embellisher machine to the other dealers and visitors to the event. It resulted in my being invited by the Tacony company (makers of the Baby Lock Embellisher) to become a National  Educator for them and travel to teach the Embellisher and other classes in various locations around the country. It is all still in the works yet but if you have wanted to have machine needle felting classes in your area, you just have to ask your local Babylock dealer to invite me for an event and they can contact Tacony headquarters and arrange something for you. I will keep you posted on this as it is brand new and not yet advertised to all the dealers.  I met and talked with many dealers at Babylock Tech and they were interested in Embellisher classes in 2013. Stay tuned.

The following booklet was published for the event and I am able to offer it for sale now on my website.  It is a 20 page idea book with photo references to my latest work, my first book (The Art of Machine Needle Felting) new project ideas for the Embellisher machine and a free pattern enclosed.   To order go to and click on the Online Store page.  You can use Paypal or any credit card to order.

The pattern includes directions and templates for the Falling Leaves Placemats. 

Also, for those of you who live in the southeast Pennsylvania area, I am having a quilt show of my work at Pottstown Sewing in Pottstown, PA for the month of October.  That is when the quilters are on the move with their quilt shop hops and stash building before the cold winter sets in.  If you would like to see a selection of Art Quilts and some needle felted quilts up close, visit Pottstown Sewing at
142 Shoemaker Road, Pottstown, PA. 

Monument Valley Mesa

Tropical Tidepool

For hours and directions, call 610) 326-5055. You might see me there being trained in all things Babylock by the dealers Ron and Barb Spaulding, preparing for my travels next year. I am learning how to use all the machines in the Baby Lock line and it is very interesting and fun. I hope to
be able to meet up with some of you felting enthusiasts at some point in the future.