Our second Canadian designer is Michelle Edmonds, who designs under the name Great Bear Canada.
Michelle is a mild-mannered graphic designer by day and creates needlework magic by night. Friends say she has “happy hands”, because so often she’s found stitching, beading, rug-hooking, doing punch needle, quilting, drawing and painting. Asked to describe herself, she’ll say, “I love to make beautiful things”.
At www.GreatBearCanada.com, you’ll find traditional, Celtic and contemporary cross stitch designs. Her Celtic designs have been featured in Just Cross Stitch magazine.
Michelle’s next endeavour is launching “Stitcherama”, a site for contemporary, creative types, those crafters who simply must bring more beauty into the world. She hopes you’ll find some humour, inspiration and ideas at www.Stitcherama.com .
Ruach Crafts carries all of Michelle’s designs. Most are posted on our website. If you are looking for a project with a timeless message, look at our website under Ruach Crafts, and look at Michelle’s designs.
Or, watch for Michelle’s class at the fall Creativ Festival where Michelle will jump-start your holiday décor with a fun, fast, and easy cross stitch project with a twist. New fibers add new dimensions to this folksy, quirky design of a 5" x 7" Long Tall Santa is based on one of Michelle's art dolls. It features a very velvety coat, fluffy trim and boisterous beard.
Participants will experiment with different fibres, try French knots and choose their favourite technique for Santa's beard.
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