We'd like to introduce
on the link for our new updated visit with Sue Stehle
It's not often that a relative newcomer (her first booklet
was just published in May of 1995) takes the needlework world
by storm. But that's exactly what happened and now just 2 years
later, the popular Sekas & Co. collection includes 27 leaflets
and 26 chartpacks.
As a self-taught knitter, needlepointer and cross stitcher
Sue further honed her skills working in a local needlework shop.
Her first designs actually came about as
teaching patterns for some classes at the shop. Her love of The
CARON Collection's Watercolours thread - especially "Nefertiti",
and the shops's huge inventory of gold and silver paper inspired
her first Stained Glass Ornament design, one of a whole series
that were to follow. In October of 1994 Sue decided to focus
more time on Sekas & Co. and well, the rest is history. (Be
sure to print out Sue's complimentary free pattern. Just click
on the picture on the left.)
Below are highlights of a recent interview with Sue:
Where did your design style
I'm really not sure. I know
that I'm not an artist. I'm more of a creative - idea person.
I think of myself as having "kindergarten" art talent
and I do like simple colorful designs. I also love Alphabet samples,
that's why my mini-samplers are designed with an alphabet.
Where do you get the inspiration
for your designs?
of my ideas just come, seemingly, out of nowhere, others come
from stitchers. The idea to do Watercolours Butterflies came
from a lady from New Jersery who called to ask if I had thought
of doing butterflies. Others come from shop owners -- I just
received a list of nine possible Watercolour designs. Sometimes
just picking up one of the Watercolours threads gives me an idea.
Do you have a memorable
think my most memorable stitching experiences come from teaching.
I love to hear someone say " I can do this!" and "This
is really fun!
What design are you proudest
of and why?
proudest of the Watercolour Pumpkins design because I accomplished
what I was trying to achieve -- to get the vertical texture of
the pumpkins. (See the design featured below.)
Do you have any other hobbies
Right now I don't seem
to have time for too many other things. I do enjoy decorating
my house for holidays/seasons so my seasonal designs fit perfectly.
The Sekas & Co. booklets are available at local needlework
shops throughout the U.S. If you'd like a complete list of the
Sekas & Company line please E-mail Sue at: sekas@ aol.com.
Below is a sampling of some of the Sekas & Co. patterns.
For a larger photo and detailed description of each booklet click
on the photo or name. Don't forget to check out Sue's FREE PATTERN.