I just received some nice news when I learned that one of my embroidered quilts from a few years ago--"Garden Sangha"--will be included in the Summer 2013 issue of "The Mindfulness Bell" magazine http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/index.php. I'm looking forward to seeing it in print as well as the other artwork and articles they've selected for this issue, which focuses on the Earth and our love for it.
I just saw this image on Facebook. (Unfortunately it's pretty low resolution.) It's from the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria (B.C.). It made me very sentimental about all of the old wooden spools of thread I have from my grandmother's sewing box. I've got some gorgeous ribbons I purchased at Soutache (http://www.soutacheribbons.com/ribbons.html), which is in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. I could see embellishing some of my old spools with ribbons that are padded with a bit of batting and then embroidered with tiny seed beads and silk embroidery threads. I think they'd make beautiful tassels or pendants with elaborate beaded fringe hanging from the hole at the bottom. I'd love to hear if anyone out there has created anything like that!