Articles & Publications

I love to teach no question about that. I love fiber art, beading, ribbon work and embroidery, and I love to share what I have learned over my life time of this love.

Over my twenty years as a teacher I have written approximately 100 instructional patterns for my students so that they didn’t have to take notes the entire class time and so that they could retain the information that was covered in class.

When I opened up my own store I began to sell these “patterns” for those who couldn’t take the class in person. I began writing articles for “PieceWork Magazine” a few years ago, and have really enjoyed that experience. I have also written a few short articles related to the history of techniques that I have learned, or the history of some of the treasures that I collect.

I encourage you to learn as much about the techniques, the people and the history of the arts and crafts that interest you. We who come after are entrusted to be the keepers of these creative spirits, and are responsible for keeping the inspirational light on for those who come after us.

ribbonwork flowers and leavesMy book Ribbonwork Gardens is available through:

Learn to make 122 exquisite floral elements with ribbon, using just 7 basic knots and stitches
• A complete compendium with ribbon styles, selection and care, cutting charts, and troubleshooting tips
• Say it with flowers…the gallery section is bursting with ideas for using the vignettes you design


Embroidered and EmbellishedMy book Embroidered and Embellished is available through:

Step-by-step photo instructions show exactly how to sew 85 different stitches
• Includes 8 complete embroidery projects to stitch and embellish
• The essential embroidery reference for everyone from beginners to experts




The Store on the CornerIf you are interested in purchasing my work or the supplies that I sell, please visit the links below: (needle art supplies, patterns, inspiration) (this is the store @ (books, handmade sewing accessories and corsages)


These are the Piecework Magazine issues that you can find my work:

  • July/August 2013 new article for Piecework Magazine
  • July/August 2009 Piecework Magazine: 2009 Excellence in Needle Arts Awards Brooch Winners.
  • May/June 2008 Piecework Magazine: “Buttons to Embroider and Tat”, web project.
  • March/April 2008 PieceWork Magazine: “The Glittering World of Metal Thread Embroidery” and a bracelet or choker to embroider with metal threads.
  • November/December 2007 PieceWork Magazine: The Glamour of it All; project: Silk Purse to embroider.
  • March/April 2007 PieceWork Magazine : A Silk Primer; project: Silk Purse to embroider.

In addition my work has been photographed and included in many publications such as:

  • 2005/April: Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine
  • 2004: Bernina Fashion Show Book, and CD
  • 2002/November: San Diego Home and Garden Magazine
  • 2000: Fairfield Fashion Show 20 years
  • 1997: Visions Quilt Expressions
  • 1996/March: Michael’s Arts and Craft Magazine
  • 1995/October: Michael’s Arts and Craft Magazine
  • 1995/March: Michael’s Arts and Craft Magazine
  • 1995: The Button Craft Book
  • 1994/January: Ladies Patchwork Quilt
  • 1993/May: Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest
  • 1993/January: Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine
  • 1992/Fall: American Quilter’s Magazine
  • 1992: Costume Maker’s Art
  • 1991: Fiberarts Design Book IV
  • 1990: Vision’s A New Decade
  • 1991/Fall: Fiberarts Magazine
  • 1991/Fall: International Quilt Market Buyers Guide
  • 1991/September: American Craft Magazine
  • 1990/November: Craft and Needlework trade magazine
  • 1990/Fall: Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot magazine
  • 1990/September: Fiberarts Magazine
  • 1990/May: San Diego Home and Garden Magazine

Enjoy~ Christen

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