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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science. -- Albert Einstein

I recently started working on a new installation of crocheted mandalas.  They are the visualizations of the data from the research of  my neurologist Dr. Amar Dhand.  As this project is sure to take over my life and develop one of its own, much in the way The Red Thread Project® did, I thought it fitting to create a blog based on this work. I will update it with new mandalas, insights from the research and of course patterns too.  My ultimate goal is to collect 795,000 mandalas,one for each new stroke victim in the United States.  The number is staggering!  This is my way of taking my experience and hopefully sharing with you what I've learned along the way to better health.  So please take a moment to step on over to my new blog and follow its updates.  Thank you!


how to create filet crochet charts from your own photos.



I think therefore I am -  René Descartes

Hello!  based on responses from a recent Facebook post, I thought I'd write up a short tutorial on how  to create a custom chart for filet crochet (or knitting) from a personal photo.  As you may know, I had a stroke last year.  This work is for a show I'm building called "Coming Unraveled."  Basically we spend a lifetime building our identites. There is that saying from Cartesian philosophy - " I think, therefore I am."  So the question I pose, is"If you stop thinking, then who the heck are you?!"  This is the bit on coming unravelled.  So I am crocheting a large portrait of myself in filet crochet which when finished.  I will set up a video camera to record a performance of me systematically unraveling the image and creating something new with the image.  That's been my life this past year, a long and difficult journey of accepting that I'm not the same person and that I have to construct a new life and new identity for myself. Make sense so far?

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Desinger Craft Connection :: Hebe Cord Napkin Ring

Obermeyer napkin ring

The belly rules the mind.  --  Spanish Proverb

Hebe Cord is  a nylon cord from Sullivan's USA that is great for knitting,  knotting, braiding, tatting and crocheting.  The fabric it makes feels quite substantial.  Thinking about wanting to have a few friends over for dinner, I used it to make some napking rings in order to give my table a more polished look.  

Guage: 5sts=1", 3 rows=1"

Finished napkion ring when flat is 7" x 1"

To create 4 napkin rings you will need:
2  packages of Hebe Cord ( I used medium pink).
4 buttons (vintage from yoru stash or a novelty one of choice)
B crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Sewing thread.

1.    Chain 33 stitches.  Turn and insert hook into 4th chain from the hook.  The first 3 chains = 1dc.  1dc in each chain until the end.

2.      Chain 3, turn and 1dc in each chain, inserting your hook under both halves of the stitch.  

3.       Repeat step 2 until you have completed 3 rows, approximately 1". 

4.      When you have completed the final row, complete 2more dc in the same chain.  This will make a scallop on the coner.  1sc into final row edge.  3dc into the next row along the edge, 1sc into the final row and then 3 dc into next corner.  *Skip a stitch and 1sc into the next stitch.  Skip a stitch and 3dc into the next stitch. *  Repeat from * to * ending with 3 dc in the next corner. 1sc into the row edge.  3dc into the next row along the edge.  1sc into the fianl corner and then 3dc into the next corner. Repeat from * to * ending with 3dc in the next corner.  Slip stitch along the ttop of the first scallop.  Wehn you are at the top of the scallop, chain 8, slip stitch to teh top of the scallop along the next corener.  Turn and  work 10 sc obe the 8 chains.  (This creates the loop for the closure.) Slip stitch to the top of  the scallop. Fasten off.

5.  Sew in all tails.

6.  Sew a button onto the ring opposite from the loop.  Block the piece flat if stitches are slightly distorted.  Button and use for dinner. 

7.  Hint!  Make the rings in Gold, Orange or Red and use a button shaped like a turkey to add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving table.

Obermeyer napking ring copy

Hint - This pattern also makes a nice bracelet cuff as my 8 year old niece pointed out.  Add chains to make a  length to fit your wrist, otherwise this size is suitable for a young child. 


Obermeyer Designer Crafts Connection
For more crafting ideas using Hebe Cord," checkout the work in the Designer Crafts Connection webring wherever you see this logo.  Each blog in the hop is written by a designer associated with the Craft and Hobby Association.  We each have unique styles, so be sure to hop through to see what each is doing with this month's theme! - See more at:

Textile Classes in St. Louis @


I'm very excited and pleased to announce,that this fall I will be teaching a series of textile-based workshops in St. Louis at Kayak coffee. The first class will be Beginning Knitting.

Students will learn to cast on and bind off, sew in ends and the two most versatile of stitches – garter and stockinette. Tips and techniques will cover tension, how to read a yarn label and what to do when you drop a stitch. Students will leave with the basic know-how to confidently start their first project.

Dabble crochet

 A project that I worked on last fall is the basis for my next class granny square madness. I designed 40 new squares for an upcoming book from interweave press by Tracy Lord.

Do you know the basics of crochet, but have yet to master a granny square blanket? This class is a crochet-al-long. Having just designed 40 new crochet squares for an upcoming book from Interweave Press, learn tips for reading patterns and charts while possibly even inventing some designs of your own. This class will start on a Wednesday, and will meet regular for three weeks to push you past the first square or two an onto making a blanket pahe first class will cover reading a pattern and chart,how to do a gauge swatch and what it means, and will over using different yarns. Color Theory and its application to texture will also be explored.

As this class is a series to motivate you to get going on that granny square blanket you've always wanted. We will encourage and learn from each other's styles and color sensibility.  

 I fully plan  to crochet a blanket right along with you.   So let's get started, get out your crochet hooks and  yarn and join me for three nights in October  at Kayak  coffee.


I will also teach a Beginning Embroidery class.

 Love the look of old fashioned monograms, but don’t know the basics of embroidery? Learn a range of embroidery stitches while creating a colorful sampler to later frame or make into a pillow. You bring the 6-strand embroidery floss, needles, hoop and scissors, I will bring a sampler pre printed for you to work. This class will introduce cross stitch, but is primarily focused on non canvas based stitch work. How to transfer a design to cloth will also be covered. 


To register for these three classes, please go to 


Yarn "Bomb" Installation at New Motorola Offices

Motorola Christmas logo

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.   —  Pablo Picasso

The Chicago Artists Coalition contacted me several months ago about working on a potential project for an architectural firm.  Sure.  Little did I know I’d been asked to consider yarn bombing the reception spaces at the new Motorola office and research facility.  Holy yarnola!  Working under the guidance of the architects and CAC, I am creating a permanent installation inspired by the yarn bombing movement. I knew there was no way I could tackle a 12’ x 65’ fence / wall on my own, so I’ve called in vegan crafter extraordinaire Mary K. Lawrie to assist.

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Textile / Yarny Arts Round Up from CHA 2014 Mega Show


Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!  ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

As usual, there was much to see in regards to the textile arts at the Craft and Hobby Association's trade show. I love the embroidery kits at Simplicity. They were witty and well designed.  Look carefully at the one featured above and you will see the embroidery itself is a bit messy.  Perfect! They also had these cute kits which had me drooling.

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7 Lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career

Crochet book

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.  --  Mae West

I recently read a great blog post by artist, curator and teacher Sergio Gomez on the 7 lessons he has learned about the art world.  I found myself nodding along as I read through it and decided to add my two cents.  Here are 7 lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career.

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video love :: Madga Sayeg, installation knit artist, yarn bomber extraordinaire


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. - Steve Jobs

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