Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

December 22, 2019

My entry into embroidery began with an assignment at NIU, where I was a textiles major. I had the honor of taking classes from Renie Breskin Adams

December 10, 2017

Whenever I talk about my art, I always get asked, "how long does it take?", "Is it a quilt?"  "What do you call it?"  

I call my work fiber art.  I am hoping the universe will bestow a more clever, easy to interpret name, but for now, that's it.  It's not a quilt, there is no batting, and you can't snuggle up with one of my pieces.  As for how long each piece takes....a very, long time.  But, its all joy and worth every minute!

Here's a sneak peak into my process:

Inspired visions turn into tiny sketches.   After a few attempts, I sketch the image to the actual size of my finished product and then outline with a fat, black Sharpie.  This becomes the sewing pattern.

Next, I take the face of the image and using a lightbox, trace my sketch...

October 20, 2017

What happens when your favorite activity hurts?  I love to stitch.  I love the feeling of threading a needle.  I love shopping for embroidery floss.  I love listening to YouTube or music while stitching.  I feel in my bones that stitching is just "my thing".  

The Universe does not agree.

Over the years, my hands have had aches and pains and I have been forced to take small breaks from creating art.  It is now to the point where I need to take a big, long break.  

I have been diagnosed with a muscle sprain (between the thumb and forefinger) and Carpal Tunnel.  Luckily, when I am not doing art, I work part time as a Marketing Manager for a wellness clinic.  The fabulous therapists at my clinic have been using various thera...

March 12, 2017

Can art raise your vibration?  I have been playing with the idea of raising my vibration for a few months now.  When I start to feel "off" and I am being conscious, I immediately take myself into the present moment.  But if the "off" feeling continues, I try and raise my vibration by finding something I enjoy...listening to music, being with friends, expressing gratitude, etc.  

A shift in our emotional state can change in literally seconds.  I often hope that when someone views my stitching that shift will occur.  For a brief moment, maybe you will stop thinking and get really present.  The mere act of focusing on the details will slow your breathing and take you into consciousness away from the past or the future.

Slow down...look closely and...

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