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Fiber Talk with Ilke Cochrane II

Ilke Cochrane returns for a second visit this week. It’s rather common to talk to guests who have completed some form of education with the Royal School of Needlework. But Ilke is in the early stages of a certificate program, so I was anxious to talk to her and learn what she’s experiencing. Now I […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-10-19

We’ve found the middle of the week again and Debbie Rowley and I set out to do a show offering tips for beginning stitchers. The show ended up being an interesting discussion about topics such as project difficulty, how many tools we actually need, and maximizing stitching time. We enjoyed having the discussion and hope […]


Fiber Talk with Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett

Needlework Press is a unique, multi-faceted business, created and operated by my guests Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett. This week’s show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Needlework press, at its core, is a sampler-reproduction operation. But they go much beyond offering samplers to include writing articles, producing books, publishing a popular needlework calendar, […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-3-19

Wednesday has arrived once again, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring the show, and Vonna and Gary have gathered for another round of stitching chit chat. The list is long this week. It includes massive Fiber Talk audience growth, Fiber Talk needle minders, Sampler Sunday, what you can learn by entering competitions, the eve of the Queen’s […]


Fiber Talk with Margaret Lee

Chinese and Japanese embroidery are two of the finest forms of needlework art and my guest this week, Margaret Lee, is one of the more talented practitioners of both embroidery forms. Margaret shares a wide range of insights into the history and techniques that result in art pieces that never fail to captivate viewers. In […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-26-19

It’s Wishful Wednesday, Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring the show, and Arlene and I are talking about some (note the operative word “some”) of the projects we have in our stash that we would really like to stitch but simply can’t seem to get into the rotation. If you’re curious about techniques other than the […]


Fiber Talk Sampler Sunday

It’s Sampler Sunday with Vonna and Gary. We’ve been planning for some time to do a Wednesday show in which we talk about what we like about the samplers we own. We never seem to get to it, so we decided to record a special show, thus our first Sampler Sunday. Even better is that […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-19-19

It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring, and Vonna and Gary are the chatters. It’s a jam-packed show. Topics include May 2020 Nicola Parkman workshops, 2020 Lenten SAL with Jacob DeGraaf’s Agnus Dei design, the Queen’s Sampler, Vonna finishing designs, painted needlepoint canvas, Sarah Braizear, Jesus goes to the Fair, some math, and a Come-to-Jesus meeting. […]


Fiber Talk with Joanna Somers

Joanna Somers is a needlepoint stitcher; painted-canvas designer, painter, and curator; and owner of The Plum Stitchery, a terrific source for unique, artistic canvases. She’s a young designer who is contributing a new look to the painted-canvas landscape. You’ll enjoy learning how she got started in the needlepoint world, how she develops her own designs, […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-12-19

It’s Wednesday and Debbie Rowley’s hiatus ends as she returns with a new grandchild and a new home. This week’s topics include the Queen’s Sampler, Fiber Talk needle minders, moving stash, standing and stitching, and several other topics. Sunday’s guest: Joanna Somers of The Plum Stitchery–Gary Listen to the podcast: The podcast is also available […]


Fiber Talk with Patricia Goodson

Patricia Goodson is our guest this week as we welcome our new sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop. Visit them at for all of your stitching needs. Our guest is a multi-faceted needle artist who learned how to stitch while she was growing up in Brazil. This week, in addition to learning about her needlework skills, […]


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-5-19

We tried to stop it, but Wednesday showed up anyway, so Vonna and Gary made the most of it by talking about needlework. A huge thanks to Kim Young and the team at Sassy Jacks for sponsoring the show. This week we talk about Gary’s trip to Sassy Jacks to attend a workshop presented by […]


Fiber Talk with Jacob DeGraaf

Jacob DeGraaf of Modern Folk Embroidery is an extremely talented cross-stitch designer who has a unique eye for single-color creations. Vonna Pfeiffer joins me this week to learn about Jacob’s background and what goes into his design work. He’s also a talented music composer and we get to learn a little bit about that aspect […]


Fiber Talk with Cecilia Turner

This week’s Fiber Talk guest is Cecilia Turner, the popular designer and owner of Heart in Hand Needleart. Cecilia’s career started with a prize winning design she submitted to “Classic Cross Stitch” magazine in 1991, and she’s provided a steady stream of innovative cross-stitch patterns since then. Among other series, Cecilia is known for her … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Cecilia Turner


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-22-19

It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks Stitchery is sponsoring the show, and Vonna and Gary are doing the chatting. Topics include the Bathya workshops, a Queen’s Sampler announcement that’s scaring Vonna to death, Sarah Braizear, satin stitches and laying tools, stands, lights, the Daylight Halo Magnifier light, Sulky threads, and shots in Vonna’s butt cheeks. Sunday’s guest: … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-22-19


Fiber Talk with Ronnie Rowe

Ronnie Rowe of Ronnie Rowe Designs is my guest this week and the show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Ronnie’s wide range of designs are some of the most unique in the needlework industry, particularly his pen-and-ink-based building designs. In addition to learning about the origins and inspirations for his designs and his needlework … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Ronnie Rowe


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-15-19

Arlene and Gary are this week’s chatting duo. Topics include the new Lindy Stitches design, two years of Works by ABC and whether it’s changed Arlene’s approach to needlework, a lot about Sulky threads, satin stitching in Sarah Braizear, and contributions from Pat in Texas about standing and stitching and stabbing with needles.–Gary Listen to … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-15-19


Fiber Talk with Jenny Adin-Christie

This week I’m joined by Jenny Adin-Christie. She is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and a veteran teacher at the school. Her primary needlework efforts these days involve creating her own designs and teaching all over the world, along with regular classes in her own studio. She also is a regular contributor … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Jenny Adin-Christie


Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-8-19

It’s Wednesday and this Midweek Chat is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Vonna and Gary are doing the chatting and they talk about Vonna’s Jesus project, Sarah Braizear, the Saviours Praise sampler, Bathya, the Queen’s Sampler, Stitch Mania, Frozen Phoenix Art and standing and stitching.–Gary Listen to the podcast: The podcast is also available on … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-8-19


Fiber Talk with Kim Young II

Kim Young is my guest this week. Kim is the owner of Sassy Jacks Stitchery in Weaverville, NC, and always has some interesting insights into the dynamics of the needle-arts hobby, particularly today’s needleworker-LNS relationship and the role that the internet and social media is playing in how we learn about and buy needlework supplies. … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Kim Young II