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Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: February 24, 2017
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States

About Me

I am a children's librarian who loves to create and learn new things. Recently I have been researching the history of "women's work" - largely needlework - and learning some obscure techniques like knotting.

What I Make

I switch mediums as the mood strikes and am always learning something new (often somewhat silly or obscure).

I tat (with both shuttle and needle, depending on the pattern), make couched knotted embroidery (an almost dead technique often viewed as a precursor to tatting), crochet, make origami, various types of jewelry, sew, and decorate fabric. I create odd stuffed animals. I dabble in paper cut art. I make kanzashi flowers and yoyos, and have made several toothbrush rugs.

I am trying to learn macrame, netting, and teneriffe lace work presently.

I frequently "abandon" my art, and at current count, have released 85 tatted butterflies in my city so far along with other items like jewelry.

Things I Love

I'm adding a list at the bottom of this section, for those who desire brevity! I love to learn new-to-me techniques, and adore historical information about art and craft techniques. I also welcome information about the history of toys and games.

I'm a huge fan of unusual origami paper and interesting fabric. I'm also very interested in the history of needlework and welcome articles, patterns, and ideas from bygone eras or the present day.

I have a collection of vintage hand puppets and marionettes (particularly Czech marionettes). I love old ones! I also love articles and books about the history of puppetry, storytelling, and ventriloquism.

I collect tatting shuttles, View Masters and slides, old lace and handwork, and various vintage toys like marbles and spinning tops. I am also find of old needlework tools in general. I am learning about the history of dolls and toys, and would like books or articles on that subject.

I love the Scandinavian look, French country, and vintage lace. I prefer to surround myself with handmade items (though I end up giving most of my creations away). If you make knit or crochet dishcloths, I adore those!

I am also a huge, huge fan of Jane Austen and the Regency. I am involved in deep research about Hans Christian Andersen as well as fairy tales in general. I also enjoy Agatha Christie.

I don't like the following: pierced earrings, highly scented items.

Listy goodness of items I'd enjoy:

Old needlework or needlework tools

False flower petals

Sections of cording or ribbon

scraps of fabric about 4 inches square

odd origami papers

beads with large holes

tatting and tatting shuttles

View Master slides

Knit/crochet dishcloths

flour sack towels



Yarn bits a few yards long - especially bamboo and silk


2T clotues for my ventriloquist dummy

Historical information about needlework, lace making, toys, dolls, sewing, Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, and puppetry.

Swapping Philosophy

My goal with any swaps I send is to make the recipient's day brighter. I left the site for several years due to serious illness, and am now recovered and ready to try to spread cheer again. I have one poor rating from an unreceived swap that I am working to correct. I just received my partner's address from a helpful friend, so will be mailing it out tomorrow!

Items I have ready to trade

Specific items I am "weeding" from my home will be listed here. If you are interested, I would welcome a private swap for anything in my current interest.

  • Magic, the Gathering cards from the mid to late 1990s

  • a collection of old postage stamps that would be great for mixed media work.

Favorite movies, music, and bo

I love movies, and am particularly fond of classic horror (and cheesy horror.) I also love the adaptations of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple. Older spy adventures like Get Smart and the Avengers make me smile. Miazaki films like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away are favorites, as well as Amelie, Rare Exports, Suspiria, A Christmas Story, the Thing, the Crawling Eye...you get the picture!

As for music, I thoroughly enjoy jazz and standards.

As for books...I adore them. I love how to and craft books (including old and out of date styles, for cultural information and to try to track the development of techniques). Fairy tales, folktales, and literary fairy tales are another interest, as is poetry (especially haiku and blackout poetry). Picture books and stories for children or teens relate to both my work and personal interest. I also like books that focus on the history of women's work and experience - the everyday history so often ignored in our desire to track wars and nobility.

If you are looking for a unique fantasy author, I recommend Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.


MaterializeDaydreams rated for Small Lace Swap on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: Your swap finally arrived today, and it is beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing your work.
Response: I am so glad it made it! I was quite worried.
mydreambook rated for Random Acts of Kindness #4 on Aug 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely butterfly! That is one amazing RAK to leave them for strangers!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your day with me in such a lovely and detailed letter. It was so interesting and fun to read about you and your activities. I also loved your stationary, the global stamp on the letter, your things of the day and the fabulous hand-tatted butterfly you sent. <3 :)
Darkestlina rated for Pinterest: Crystals and gems on Aug 14, 2016
Comment: Thank you I loved yours and repinned a bunch!
hamsterfarm rated for Handmade Bookmark <3 - Private on Aug 5, 2016
Comment: Wooow! Thanks for the lovely tatted bookmark :D I tried tatting before but couldn't get the hang of it! I started using it in the book I'm reading. Saving fish from drowning, I wouldn't recommend it though haha And I turned the beautiful flower charm into a pendant <3
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! Tatting is very therapeutic for me - quite meditative.
Comment: Thank you for sharing!!!
KatlynAva rated for Pinterest: Art on Aug 3, 2016
Comment: I like a lot of the works you pinned!
KatlynAva rated for Pinterest: Crystals and gems on Aug 3, 2016
Comment: I love rough gems too! Nice board!
MCGalaxy rated for Pinterest: Art on Jul 31, 2016
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board of beautiful art
Jjean rated for Pinterest: Art on Jul 30, 2016
Comment: Thank you for sharing such interesting boards, I also think ART comes in many different forms........:)
agonysdecay rated for Stamped Ribbons on Feb 10, 2014
Comment: I never received this swap. I know we discussed it but I believe the last message I sent you wasn't responded to.
Response: Correction for this is in the works! Another package is ready to go. My partner has not logged on in a while, and I have contacted admin to see if I can get an address for the resend.
pynart2 rated for Zen Art on Aug 19, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your nice Art piece.
Response: I am so happy that it arrived safely! Enjoy!
Comment: Thanks so much for all the beautiful stuff. I've wanted to try sun dying fabric but haven't yet. So neat.
Response: They have a great selection of reasonably priced materials at Dharma Trading Co. Give it a shot!
Comment: I really love your zine! I love to grow plants and I really appreciate you show kids how much fun this can be!
Comment: What a great idea! Now, if you can create a library garden ... Thanks for sharing your idea.
MunsterNCookie13 rated for Origami Representation on Apr 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful origami and extras
Comment: What a nice little book - thank you! I really loved the elegant vintagey theme :)
Comment: The zine is here!! Eee! I love it and the card :) Thank you for the sweet little goodies, too, I love them!!! *hugs*
Idahoseashell rated for What to do with a butterfly? on Apr 11, 2013
Comment: Beautiful butterfly necklace and thank you so much for the hand-dyed thread! It is very pretty and I appreciate that you included the thread size. That is so important for crocheting and as you know tatting as well. Was the thread that you made the butterfly from also hand-dyed? I would love to learn how to do that, because the smaller sized threads, #30 and smaller are difficult to find in colors other than black, white and ecru.
Response: For dyeing tatting thread, I have used fiber reactive dyes from Dharma Trading with great success. It is lots of fun, really, and a great creative process...making the tatting even more unique!

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RyeRye on Feb 13, 2013:

From your friends at The Friendship Circle~

RyeRye on Dec 23, 2012:

The FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

JemStone on Dec 5, 2012:

Thank you so much for the Christmas RAK! I just love them both! The postcard makes me hungry too! Haha. Thank you!

RyeRye on Sep 25, 2012:

lovestosew on Sep 21, 2012:

Thank you so much for the beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric you made for me! What a pretty color. I can't wait to use it.

Moni on Aug 26, 2012:

Thanks so much for the lovely thread you sent me for the august Rak, I love it!

Mello on Aug 25, 2012:

Sarah - Thank you so much for this totally unexpected surprise-package of hand-dyed fabric and ribbon! What a nice thing to have done! I will sure find a special project to use it with! Hugs, Mello

mumbles17 on Jul 2, 2012:

hope you rec my belated bday card/rak

RyeRye on May 13, 2012:


Bee1981 on May 8, 2012:

Thank you sooo much for the Happy RAK..April! Best wishes from Germany Rebecca

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