About Susan

My mother introduced me to embroidery when I was 6 years old.  At the age of 7, she came home with a very inexpensive needlepoint kit containing acrylic yarn and flimsy canvas which was to be filled in with Half Cross.  I had great fun working each stitch.  The love of the game continues up to this day. 


Biographical Sketch



Bachelor of Science, California State University of Pomona, Home Economics focusing on Textiles and Textile Technology, 1978

Master Craftsman in Canvas Embroidery, 2007 (The Embroiderers’ Guild of America)


I have studied with many nationally recognized teachers through The Embroiderers’ Guild.   Outside of the country, studies include Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico and Canada



Upon graduating from the university, I became a double knit designer at Western Textile Mills in Ontario, CA.  After getting married, I became a private needlepoint teacher.  Working in yarn shops and private homes, I continue to teach up to this day.  Some other subjects I have taught include Gold and Metal Threads, Fibers, Yarns and Threads, Compensation, Composite Stitches, Stumpwork, surface embroidery and American Sign Language.


I am an active volunteer teaching for the Girl Scouts, libraries, local fairs and other venues.



The Complete Needlepoint Guide: 400+ Needlepoint Stitches, 2000

The Thread, Canvas & Needle Handbook for Needlepoint, 2008

Tips and Techniques for Needlepoint, 2008

Needlepoint Dictionar of Stitches, 2013  (Kindle fromat)

That Yarn Cat, 2013 (Kindle fromat)

Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint, 2014 (Kindle fromat)

Knitting I-Cords:  12 Simple Projects, 2014 (Kindle fromat)

Learn to Needlepoint, 2015 (Kindle fromat)

The Perfect Basketweave Stitch for Needlepoint, 2015 (Kindle fromat)

Straight Stitches for Needlepoint, 2016 (Kindle fromat)

Bring Your Canvas Alive With Today's Threads, 2016 (Kindle fromat)

Butterfly Fascinator:  A Needlepoint Project, 2016 (Kindle fromat)




Needlework Affiliations:

Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.:  

       Inland Empire, California

       Baldy View Chapters, California  

       Southern Oregon Stitchers

American Needlepoint Guild, Inc.:  member-at-large