#ThankStitching No. 29 with Leslie Schucker

Leslie Schucker and Dimensions® Needlecrafts

Instagram: @leslieschucker

Email: shelovesowlsnducks@gmail.com

Company Website: simplicity.com


I always say I was born with a needle in my hand. My grandmother taught me many kinds of needlecrafts when I was a little girl. We stitched on linens, cross stitched pictures, pieced and stitched quilts, knitted, crocheted and sewed. I remember her treadle sewing machine. I would sit on the floor and move the treadle for her while she sewed. A few years before she passed, she gave me a handmade pouch. In it was the thimble her mother gave to her when she was a young girl.

Back to present day, I am so thankful to be able to express myself on a daily basis with some type of needlecraft. I have always loved embroidery and usually have a couple pieces of embroidery going at the same time. Right now I am enjoying spinning, dying and weaving wool. On a recent flight to Alaska, I loom-knitted a hat to wear while we were in the backcountry of Denali. I have recently picked up a crochet hook for the first time in many years and am dreaming up the ways in which I can use the wool I have spun and dyed. I have several quilts in different states of completion. So you can see, I always have some kind of needlecraft project in my hands. I am so grateful for the ability to create with my hands. It relaxes me, soothes my soul and just makes me a better person.

This photo is a great example of why I am thankful for friends and co-workers who stitch. I am a crafting specialist for Simplicity Creative Group® and work on several brands, mostly Dimensions® Needlecrafts. Not only do we make many different craft kits for the mass market, but we are all artists or stitchers at heart. When one of our managers recently retired, we all got together to stitch a beautiful memento for her. My co-workers and I added a personal touch to this piece by embroidering our names and stitching the borders. It was great fun watching this all come together and of course, the manager was thrilled with her handmade gift. It truly is a great thing and I am very thankful to be able to pursue my passion and make a living at the same time.



#ThankStitching is a project to collect and curate reasons why stitchers worldwide are thankful for their particular needle craft. Look for daily posts in November with hourly posts on Thanksgiving Day.