My work is a combination of painted and dyed silks, free-motion machine embroidery, and needle-felting. All work is matted and framed. For my free-motion embroidery, I use my 40-year-old (non-computerized!) sewing machine as a drawing tool to blend and mix colors by layering threads. I create painterly effects through thousands of stitches and achieve rich textures by fluidly and continually shifting the fabric under the rapidly moving needle. The imagery is inspired by landscapes and gardens encountered during my travels, and by favorite photographs. For my needle felting, I incorporate different weaves of pure silk to "paint" the image; each shade of color is a different piece of fabric. I assemble the work without adhesives or stitching; I use barbed needles, traveling over and through the multiple layers in order to tangle the fibers, fuse the fabrics, and blend the colors. I may add details with free-motion embroidery and/or with bobbin embroidery.