* Meet the Designer *

Falling in love:  The year I turned 30, I was introduced to the joy of counted thread-work and have never looked back.  A lot has happened in the decades since – equal amounts of pain and joy, including a move from sunny Central California to the cooler mountains of North Idaho.  Yet in those years, as I worked toward retirement, I continued to stitch and even managed to fit in a little designing.  In 2006, finally free of the daily office grind, I with gifted with the free time to fully devote myself to this calming and inspiring art form.  I have involved my sweet-heart husband, who is my Chief inventory controller, proof-reader, chart stuffer and shipping expert. 

Now, in between busy days of designing and stitching, we find moments to play with our 4  rescued kitties, roam our wooded hillside and, our wild-flower strewn pastures, and when we are really feeling brave, head off on a tromp through knee-deep winter snow.  Best of all are those drives along the country roads filled with riotous form and color, depending upon the season.   

 Our home is on a mountain “ridge”, as the old-timers call this type of terrain.  A stretch of Eureka Ridge is our home– and for me, when I first saw this area, I did think “Eureka” as I fell in love and felt right at home. We overlook a natural evergreen forest, and more than a thousand feet below, the rushing Clearwater River.  In our surroundings of towering trees, curious wildlife, and dramatic seasons, I find just the right inspiration I need to create my designs. No matter where I turn my eyes, I find confirmation that Nature never makes a mistake in color combinations.  Each of my designs is based on a combination of colors and shapes presented to me by this natural setting –and with each one, I learn more and try to share with all of you.

How Tempting Tangles began:  In 2006 I became very ill and was forced to retire from an excellent, yet stressful job.  I look back on that difficult year and realize that had I not become so ill, I might have worked decades longer and been miserable the entire time. So now I know that illness was really a gift!  Each day since my decision to retire has indeed been a treasure, wherein I can stitch and design, dream and research the next needle work project.  

Creating "Creation": After 3 years of playing with various designs, I finally started a blog and posted pictures of a particularly favorite work in progress. That was 2009 – and a woman who soon became a good friend saw those online images of "Creation".  I'd worked with that design nearly a year, as nightly dreams presented the next parts.  I know now it was all Godly inspiration.  My friend urged me to find a way to publish the design, but first I had to chart it from the stitched piece!  It was an amazing amount of work to work backwards, but I am still so grateful for all those who encouraged and advised me way back then and those who still do.

While I love the antique look of "Creation", and most antique samplers in general, I find that my personal tastes are varied.  Many types of designs from "Jumpin' Jack Frost" to "Verdant Variations" - have popped out of my mind and onto my linen.  I love the old fashioned sampler style with the quaint motifs, treasure all styles of alphabets, and Quaker-style geometric forms are a mathematical delight.  Even so, I have to admit that those which remind me of events, imagined or real, from my childhood must be top of the list.  Most of my designs have some nostalgia attached – and good memories, and once stitched, last forever.

As you stitch my designs: It is natural for us to want our work to be unique and not a carbon copy of what many others have stitched from a pattern.  Little mistakes you might make, or even deliberate changes make a design truly yours.  If you choose to change a color, add a motif or a different line of text, please do so.  My first designing attempts came from a desire to modify a design I was stitching, so that it would fit better with my d├ęcor, and my collection of other stitched pieces.  That being said, I fully encourage you to enjoy your stitching, love the resulting finish, mistakes and all (within reason) and then it will become uniquely yours!

 ~~~ Deb

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