Fuck Yeah Needlework Advice #8: On Being Awesome

My friends,

I just got out of another stay in the hospital. No fooling: I had a couple of seizures on Sunday, which were caused by the brain surgery that I had last November. It’s looking more and more likely that I will need to be on anti-seizure medication for a long time; possibly the rest of my life. Plus, I can’t drive for at least six months, because the doctors have to report when you have a seizure so the state can revoke your license, and you can’t get it back until you get cleared by a doctor to do so.

Anyway, today’s advice is for me, but it’s also for you: I hope that all of you continue to be awesome and continue to make awesome things. Since I can’t drive anywhere for a really long time, I’m sure I will be spending lots of time working on embroidery. I might even share some of my own work here with all of you.

I hope that wherever you are, you are well and that you continue to be well. Please keep on doing the awesome things that you do and sharing them here with all of us. I’ll be back to your regularly scheduled needlework advice next week; and remember, as always, you can ask me questions through the ask box on this blog.


someone has commissioned me to create a similar piece to my first ever piece (the tree, shown here) - it’s one of my favorites, but looking at it and drawing up a new one is a surge of feelings and memories of my time in california four years ago…it’s painful, but I’m enjoying this “have to deal with those things you forced deep down and never dealt with” process.


A delightful child’s flannel wool petticoat with a rather wide band of embroidery around the hem.  

Detail of Child’s Slip, date unknown, wool, silk, L:32.5in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Anna M. McKechnie, N0118.1964(02).