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Karin’s Stitching Room

Oh how I wish you all could see this room in person! It's so lovely and serene and feminine, and I enjoyed every moment in there, just gazing at the softness of it all. Since the Inspired Summer Seminar was held very close to where Karin lives, Karin attended the workshop, as well as invited me to stay in her gorgeous home while I was there.

Everywhere I looked, there were lovely stitched creations set about, each one quietly tempting me to pick it up. (But as every good stitcher knows, one does not simply man-handle another's lovely stitched creations!)

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I've had this Jeanette Douglas design kitted up for ages, and now I wonder why I never found the time to stitch it…

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This design was so delightful to me! But Karin couldn't think of the name of it at the time (perhaps all of my oohing and aahing was ringing in her ears, causing her to have a mental block); the lilac and black of the design was just so striking…

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I loved the wall unit in the room, laden with so much stitchery-fabricy goodness…

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(Are those drawers in the background not giving you palpitations? I need the smelling salts.)

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Karin, when I left your home, I wanted to come home and literally stitch my guts out. I love you for that. 🙂

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P.S. The samplers throughout the rest of her home are outstanding as well.. simply marvelous! But like this stitching room's contents, they are all off to a new home in New York, where Karin will soon be moving to.

P.P.S. Where there is stitching, there is home.


  • Terri

    Oooooh! Such a pretty room and such pretty pictures, too! What fun for you both of you! Excuse me, now. I need to go clean my room.

  • mouse

    oooooo more inspiration for my new craft room … can’t wait for mine to look as good as that …. and how wonderful you got to see it first hand 🙂 love mouse xxxxx

  • Sharon

    That is one magnificent room! I would never want to leave it 🙂 thanks to you both for sharing such beautiful inspiration.

  • Cathryn

    Wow, wow, wow and wow! That’s all I have to say. Sigh… and some wishful dreaming. Cathryn

  • Faye

    I’ve come back for my third time visiting this post!!!! THANK YOU for sharing these wonderful photos of Karin’s creative space~ it’s awe inspiring! I especially love the cabinet with all the drawers~ I know you guys are sorry to see Karin leave Chicago…. But we’re happy to have her as an East Coaster…. Plus, now you have someone to visit in New York City!!! Nice job, my friend~

  • Laura

    This post is so wonderful it makes me want to cry!!!!! Fabulous pictures and capturing of a wonderful place and feeling. That one piece you are wondering about is by Prairie Moon.

  • Valerie

    What a gorgeous room and how generous of Karin to invite you to stay with her. I’m lucky to have met her in person at a retreat once.

  • Pam Lacey

    Wow! What a beautiful stitching room – what fun! Thanks for sharing the photos. I wanted to let you know that I received the Cotton Bird project this week for the Colonial Gathering with Dyeing to Stitch. It is just wonderful – I had to start it right away, and I am truly enjoying stitching it. I am so glad that I was able to join this club. I am never disappointed with your projects. Keep up the great work.
    Pam in KS

  • Penny Abbott

    Can Karin tell us where she got the magnificent skinny drawer cabinets? Oh, what envy I have for those.

  • Karin Zieren

    The design is Blossom House by Prairie Moon and the cabinets with little drawers I found years ago at Ikea.

  • Jennifer W

    Such a beautiful, cozy room! I think if I have a craft room that lovely, I’d never leave the house. 🙂
    Can you tell me who did the design for the patriotic queen pinkeep? It’s so cute!

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