I tend to think that everyone at least knows OF Sharon Boggon. But itâ€™s come to my attention that some of my acquaintances havenâ€™t. So its time to fix that.Â Sharon BoggonÂ is a crazy quilter. No, she isÂ so much more than a crazy quilter. Sheâ€™s a costumer, has lectured at the National University of Australia, collector of wisdom of the ages, dispenser of wisdom about needlework, and she writes one of the most-read needlework blogs on the webâ€¦ you get the idea.
She maintains the best online stitch dictionary Iâ€™ve ever found, and I can only hope to be as creative with the little crazy quilting I do as she is. She also teaches online courses through Joggles. Â If youâ€™re interested in crazy quilting, check them out. My time is taken up by too much these days, but Iâ€™m still managing to consider taking her Sumptuous Surfaces class this summer!
Last year she ran a series of 100 details from her quilts in 100 days. The embroidery is amazing. This year sheâ€™s running â€œTake a Stitch Tuesdays,â€ with variations suggesting how to use one stitch a week in interesting ways and then challenging us to actually DO them. Of course, I havenâ€™t gotten off my dime to actually DO any of them (with the exception of the bit of herringbone that has turned into my ongoing bedlah project (see post) , but that doesnâ€™t mean they arenâ€™t really cool! And the variations people come up with are really inspirational.
Her partner, Jerry Everard, is a musician, a woodworker (whoâ€™s made multiple storage cabinets for her, and even a skein winder!) is just about as amazing, maybe even more, because I have no clue how he wheedles the things out of wood that he does. Heâ€™s got a great handle on imparting philosophy as well.
Check both of them out for a good read.