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.