Sunday, 19 May 2013

Introducing our Canadian Designers Pt 1

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be highlighting the Canadian designers whose designs I carry.  I hope that you will love their work as much as I do.

Our first is Karen Dudzinski, who designs under the name of Textured Treasures.
Karen started stitching as a Brownie but really picked it up after attending her first trip to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival where she bought Susan Portra's "Spirit of the Southwest"; an amazing canvas work that sparked her imagination and desire to design. Karen’s Textured Treasures designs were born in 1997 with the Days series, fusing canvas work ideas with fabrics typically reserved for cross-stitching and hardanger.  Karen has designed numerous patterns that have been sold world-wide.  Karen’s designs are unique in that she continuously breaks most stitching rules combining cross-stitch, canvas work, hardanger, stump work and needle weaving within a single design.  After a brief hiatus while raising 3 kids, Karen continues to keep busy designing small projects for family, church and friends, while working full-time in regulatory affairs.

Ruach Crafts carries all of Karen’s designs.  Most are posted on our website. If you are looking for a project that will be both challenging and fun to stitch, and will look lovely in your home, or someone else’s, look under Canadian designers on our website and look at Karen’s designs. 

Or, watch for Karen’s class at the fall Creativ Festival, where she will be Stitching a Scrapbook Page.  Although the predominant techniques for the class are cross-stitch and bargello, participants will also incorporate counted thread and canvas work stitches using DMC perle cotton, floss, metallics, Rainbow Gallery fibres and more. See how a photo can be converted to cross stitch and receive a converted photo chart from Karen after the show.

Help us help you keep the spirit in your stitching.


  1. Love her stuff. Have stitched a couple big ones, and a few small ones. Look forward to seeing her again at the Fall show. RoseMary P

  2. You're too kind Ellen & RoseMary! Thanks. Working on the charts now, and with any luck with have a few additional designs ready for the fall show. Finger's crossed.