#ThankStitching No. 15 with Marissa Varns

Marissa Varns


Embroidery and fiber arts have been a surprisingly wonderful piece of my life. Before stitching I really don’t even know what I did with my free time. Now when I have a single spare second, I race to my current project, like my hands just can’t sit still. Seriously, stitching is an addiction!
A fantastic, pretty, gift worthy and stress relieving addiction, (ha, except maybe when you get those dreaded, unwanted knots).

My stitch art has allowed me to open a hand embroidery and accessories shop on Etsy, where I ship to customers worldwide. That is still so unbelievable to me and I’m so thankful to be able to make handmade gifts for others. That is the most rewarding feeling, to know someone else far away in the world, connects with and loves your art as much as you do.

Thanks to social media and Instagram I’ve met thousands of amazing makers, stitch artists like myself, and other fantastic people and truly have a second online family. Who doesn’t love more family?! I’ve had my work featured on other handmade makers accounts, on blogs, and participated in local craft shows. My most recent stitching exposure was at the Etsy Made in Canada in my city, which was a huge honour for me to be accepted to, and a fantastic experience.

Stitching has truly been a creative outlet for an art I didn’t really know existed in me. I used to think that if I couldn’t draw a design out perfectly on paper, that I would never be able to transfer it to a different medium, like embroidery. Boy, oh boy was I ever wrong. Part of the beauty of hand stitch work and why I’m so thankful for it, is the freedom it allows. Yes, sometimes I work with a fully detailed pattern, but what I really like is to create an outline for a design and fill as I go. Allowing myself, as an artist, to come out naturally with thread.

Today, I feel confident in my art and am incredibly thankful to call myself a fiber and embroidery artist.

And always Thank Stitching!





#ThankStitching is a series of daily posts (and hourly posts on Thanksgiving) in the month of November in which needle artists from around the world submitted to me why they are thankful for their particular needleart.