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New Needlework Book!

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

I am so excited to bring you my very first book: Transformative Stitching: Needlework on the Diagonal. It was created to share my love of stitching on the diagonal.

I've been working on this book for quite a few years. Getting it proofed, making changes and corrections, finding better ways to create my graphs, seeing the first draft and so on. But, it's finally ready and with the printer as I write this blog.

More about the book. My goal in writing this book is three-fold. First of all, I aimed to diagram some of my favorite stitches to increase the comfort level of those with diagonal “dysphoria”. Secondly, I wanted to show how some of these stitches can be rotated to create a new effect. And third, my hope is that with their newly found confidence, students will be motivated to create their own stitch “transformations” by rotating conventional stitches. This is a useful skill to have when matching a stitch’s shape to that of the area to fill.

I have to give huge props to Denise Beusen, Sharon Petterson and Diane Herrmann for all their time reviewing and proofing. Special Thanks to Gail Sirna, Toni Gerdes, Lois Kershner and Debbie Stiehler for agreeing to be a part of the book. And finally, to George Pizzo for taking such a wonderful picture of Monarch Maze.

The retail price for Transformative Stitching is $36 and can be ordered via email at

Happy Stitching,


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May 04, 2021

I find this intriguing, as I recently had to come up with a few stitches for the diagonal and ended up transforming a stitch or two to work. I look forward to its release.

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