Michelle Ink Designs was originally born out of a quest for “a design not available.” There were none that seemed quite right for the need, so I proceeded to draw my own!
A University of MD college graduate with a BS in Nursing, I chose to open a needlework store “when I grew up” and Stitching Pretty Ltd was opened in 1989. Being surrounded by the fabrics, threads, colors, and textures, I was able to feed and grow a talent for color, design, fabric, and threads (as well as a recently evolved penchant for creating in reclaimed fine silver – another whole story!). My pen and graph paper have not been able to stop since. My first design was published in the early 90s.
The retail store has since been retired, and I now work full-time as an Artist in Silver, Silks, and Linen. The midnight hour will often find my light still on, pen in hand and a new thought emerges on the graph paper to be completed with needle and thread (or silver) by daylight. I am the current distributor for Stitching Pretty Presents and a partner in the recently founded “Gypsy Stitching” touring duo that teaches, sells, and promotes the beauty of needleart!