She’s Back! (Catching Up)

 Posted by on April 5, 2012  Funk & Weber Designs
Apr 052012

Apologies and Excuses

I know, I know. I’ve been MIA for more than a month with no warning or explanation. Again.

I’m sorry. I’ve been away, and though I continued to work, I never made it down the To Do list to this blog. Too many tasks above it.

I did, however, organize and participate in my first webinar, Best Photo Forward, Refining Photos of Fine Embroidery, which, while no longer available as a live event, will remain available as a video product. I need to update the listing on the Funk & Weber site to better convey that, but now you know.

And I have been working on a new puzzle book for Taku Graphics. It contains a bunch of sudoku puzzles, nine or ten of my own from-scratch word and logic puzzles, and all sorts of cool facts about Alaska. I’m hoping to have my part finished by Monday. Fingers crossed!

S4L Book Club – The Help

I totally dropped the S4L Book Club ball, but I also knew that several readers were behind, so maybe you’ve had a chance to catch up. We’ll begin discussing The Help on Tuesday, April 10th. I’m listening to the audio version—which I love, by the way—and didn’t listen at all while I was away, so I started over a few days ago. Different readers read different parts, and I adore the different voices. Kudos to the casting director.

2012 Bookmark Challenge

Yes, the Bookmark Challenge is upon us. Yay! I know several things are going on in various parts of the stitchy world, but I have few details. Stay tuned here for details of our blog collection and events.

Where has Jen been?

What do you say we make this a contest? I haven’t had a contest in ages, and I adore contests.

Based on the pictures below, can you guess where I’ve been? Write your answer in the comments. Be as specific as you can be, but every response earns an entry. In other words, you can guess “Earth” and earn an entry to the contest. And you’d be right to boot!

You have until midnight Monday, April 9th, Alaska time. The winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced on Tuesday during Book Club. No, there’s no set time for Book Club. I mean I’ll announce the winner in that post.

Greenery and teal water

Well, you can be sure this isn’t Alaska, right?

Red-footed booby

This is a red-footed booby. If a red-footed booby were to marry a blue-footed booby, do you suppose they’d have purple-footed offspring?


Kayaking, anyone?

Laysan albatross chick

This is a Laysan albatross chick. I saw my first albatrosses here! And red-footed boobies, for that matter.

Jen on the edge of a cliff

Yes. That was as freaky as it looks. Exposure (i.e., cliff edges) makes me shaky. Don’t worry; I made it back.

So where do you think I’ve been?

Remember, every guess counts and there is a prize to be won!

Jun 112011

Did you see this free cross stitch pattern on the Funk & Weber Designs site?

Funk & Weber Designs free cross stitch pattern - American Flag Illusion

That is an afterimage illusion of the American flag. If you stare at this image long enough then look at a plain white surface, you’ll “see” a red, white, and blue flag. It works–ask Bev.

It’s small and easily transportable (good for outdoor stitching), it’s seasonally appropriate (Flag Day- and Fourth of July-related), and it makes a great bookmark. Although, technically, if you want it to hang vertically as a bookmark, according to flag etiquette, you should stitch a mirror image of the given pattern. When a flag hangs vertically in a window, viewers from outside should see the stars in the upper left corner. It’s an easy enough pattern that I’m going to let you figure out the mirror image. You can do it!

I’m out for a bit. I’ll see you back here next week.

Happy stitching!

Apr 232011

. . . is About So Much More Than Bookmarks!

We, Funk & Weber Designs, are offering our Bookmarks 101: Simple, Smart, and Swanky Finishes class May 9 – June 5.

Stitching for Literacy, Funk & Weber Bookmarks 101 online class

I developed this class to teach stitchers to make bookmarks from scratch so we can use all kinds of materials, fabric scraps, UFOs . . . pretty much anything. This satisfies my strong desire to waste not. Bits of fabric and fiber we might throw away can be used to craft beautiful and useful embroidered objects.

And not just bookmarks. These pieces that we make into bookmarks might also be gift tags, bag tags, key fobs, zipper pulls, pins, and all sorts of other things. The stitching, sewing, and wirework techniques we learn can be used to finish larger pieces you might otherwise frame or simply not know what to do with.

I just posted details on how Funk & Weber Designs online classes work. There are many ways and formats to host online classes. Ours is super-simple, so don’t worry if you’ve never taken one before. Besides, it’s a class—it’s about learning! And I’m there to help.

DNA Bookmarks

 Posted by on February 18, 2011  Funk & Weber Designs, Needle and ThREAD
Feb 182011

Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks inspired me to dig out the DNA bookmark I created some time ago. I love this design.

Funk & Weber DNA Bookmarks

Two-dimensional photos don’t do it justice, if you ask me.

I experimented with some different techniques, lengths, and products, thinking I would publish this pattern.

Then it dawned on me that I might enter it in the Craft It Forward contest. I want to read the rules again and look at Sponsor products to see if I might incorporate some in the design. Sounds like a good weekend project, don’t you think?

It looks as though public voting helps determine contest winners. I don’t like that, but I may enter anyway. I like asking people to vote for my submission almost as much as I like brussels sprouts and lima beans.

Might you use a book that you’re reading to inspire an original bookmark design that you can enter into the contest and then donate to a Stitching for Literacy collection?


 Posted by on January 5, 2011  Funk & Weber Designs
Jan 052011

Yeah, I know. I’m the girl who cried wolf. I’ve been talking about changes and new websites for who-knows-how-long now. But for the record, every now and then, once in a while, here and there I’ve done more than talk: I’ve actually worked on those changes. For instance,

New Funk & Weber Designs logowe have a new Funk & Weber Designs logo.

True, it’s not on the Funk & Weber site yet–it will go up with the new website–but it’s ready to go.

I love it, and I loved the process of designing it even more. I worked with Lindsay from Purr Design. She’s got skills and resources I don’t have, and a whole different perspective. You know how I love marrying different perspectives. Well, the marriage of ideas for this logo was an affair I’ll remember fondly. Heaps of fun!

I’ll tell you all about the design development in a post on the new Funk & Weber World blog…when it goes up. Which will be soon. No, really, it will. Change is coming. Honest. And it will be good.