I want to take a little time each week to get to know the members of the stitching community as a whole, stitchers, designers, enthusiasts, we all love needlework and we all are passionate about what we do. Let’s share our passion and get to know each other a little better.
This week we’re getting to know Rhonda Chamberlain, an active member of our Stitching the Night Away Facebook Community and a brilliant stitcher with some enviable finished cross stitch projects under her belt.
You might recognize the finished piece pictured at the left here as her Facebook profile icon.
Are you friends with Rhonda on Facebook? Click here to make sure.
Now, let’s get on to the stitching questions…
What’s your favorite type of cross stitch project to work on?
Anything! Most of my projects are given as gifts in the form of wall pictures, pillows, stitched shirts, even afghans.
Do you have a favorite designer?
Not really any specific designer. I do like Teresa Wentzler, Sue Hillis, Mirabilia, and Stoney Creek designs.
How big is your stitching stash?
I don’t really know because it’s all over the house, but I have one under-the-bed tote full of fabric and kits, 5 Darice bobbin boxes full of floss PLUS a few resealable bags of extra floss skeins, about 5 UFOs lying around the house, along with two huge binders full of patterns.
I’m sure a lot of us can relate to having stash all over the house!
How long have you been stitching? How did you learn?
I’ve been stitching for over 30 years since I taught myself at the age of 12 or 13 with a little kit.
I love how many of us are self taught!
Do you have any “in real life friends” to share your stitching with in person, or maybe a local stitch-n-bitch with a local stitch group? Tell us about so we can be jealous!
My BFF was a stitcher until she suffered an eye injury. I developed online friendships with several sweet ladies and those relationships have turned into quite a few IRL friendships,even though we’ve never met. We have exchanges, send gifts, and communicate online and through snail mail. Otherwise I’m a “loner.”
I think a lot of stitchers can totally relate to this!
What project finish are you most proud of?
So far, it’s “The Promise”. It has a special meaning to me, linked to the loss of a beloved grandfather. It’s 12″ x 16″.
(The Promise is the piece pictured above)
Bonus question: Add anything you’d like to share here about stitching!
Stitching maintains my sanity during the dreary winter months here in snowy Michigan. I’m teaching my daughter to stitch, AND, even though I’ve been stitching for over 30 years, I am still learning new things all the time!
I have to say that I agree with that last bit about sanity. Stitching for me is like therapy, it keeps me level and sane and my frustrations just melt away when I’m stitching. Cheaper than a shrink anyway -lol-
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Rhonda as much as I have. Be sure to connect with her and say hello today!