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Lisa Binkley
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Fiber artist, teacher, lecturer
Interests: Art, teaching, reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, yoga, travel, time with family and friends.
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Thanks Miriam!
Hi Eileen. I agree that it can be hard to do this on your own, especially if you haven't had any bead embroidery classes. Where do you live? I teach classes throughout the country and would be happy to come to your area to teach for your guild or fiber art group. I've got a list of all of my scheduled upcoming workshops and lectures on this site. You may also be able to find some videos on YouTube or through links from Bead & Button or Beadwork Magazine online that could be helpful.
There are now two new ways to follow my artwork: on Facebook through my Lisa Binkley Fiber Art page and on Instagram at LisaBinkleyFiberArt. I will continue to keep my teaching schedule and full gallery on this site, as well as occasional blog entries, but the Facebook and Instagram accounts will be my go-to places for day-to-day updates. Check them out and let me know what you think! Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
I'm really looking forward to returning to teach at the Vermont Quilt Festival again this year. I taught there for the first time in 2014. In addition to teaching my three one-day workshops I'll have lots of ornament kits available as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
One of my favorite classes to teach is my 1-day Beginning Bead Embroidery workshop. It's fun for me and exciting for students to watch beads come to life on fabric, whether stitched simply, one by one, or in a wide array of combinations of quantity, size, color, and finish. It's been a while since I taught this class locally, so I'm pleased to be returning to Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, Wisconsin to teach it on Saturday, March 5th. If you're interested in registering, you can contact Mill House Quilts to add your name to the class list. ( or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Thanks so much Liz!
Today was my day to take down Christmas decorations. They came down more slowly than they went up, when our kids were home. It was a good time to organize and reflect. So many of the ornaments that came off of our tree have such specific memories connected with them. It made me think about how we use decorative objects to commemorate, or even just remember, events in our lives. Two felt ornaments I embroidered when I was about 10 or 12 years old. I'm happy they've stayed with me though many moves and life changes. A beautiful little hand-stitched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
I love leaves. Living in a part of the world that has slight more weeks of bare branches than leafed-out branches each year, I treasure leaves in all of their stages, colors, textures, and locations. Oak and maple leaves hold special places in my heart because I have been so surrounded by them my whole life and because they come in such varied and elegant shades and shapes. Leaf silhouettes have certainly inspired much of my fiber art for decades. After encouragement from several of my long-time students, I'll be teaching a workshop featuring a leaf shape as well. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
"Stitch by Stitch: Circles of Memory, Appreciations in Thread" (9/9/15 post) will be coming down from the Artisan Gallery in Paoli tomorrow morning, and the Fiber Arts Bienniale (7/13/15 post) recently concluded, but there are still several other opportunities to see my artwork on display in Wisconsin over the next three months. The annual "Artful Women" exhibition at the University of Wisconsin Hospital is being hung this weekend, and I have two of my cigar-box framed embroideries in the show. "Mother & Child" is there along with my newest bead embroidery--"Beach Haiku." "Beach Haiku" is hand embroidered with glass and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
I will be teaching a brand new two-day workshop at the beautiful Prairie Star Lodge in Browntown, Wisconsin on October 30 and 31. The project is a 5" x 8" mini bead embroidered panel I've called "Night Garden." It could be incorporated into a larger art quilt, made into a lovely front of a handbag, or framed as is. The panel design in the picture below can be stitched as is or modified to make it even more elaborate! The all-inclusive retreat begins with dinner on Thursday evening, October 29. Then we will spend Friday the 30th and Saturday the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Two different fiber art groups I belong to have both been sharing a wonderful tip for folding quilts for shipping and storing them. It's a perennial challenge for quilters, as quilts often develop creases that can really diminish the beauty of the work. Art Quilter Ann Fahl originally shared her recommendation on her blog in 2013, but I thought it was well worth sharing again: Thanks Ann! Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Thanks Gina. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with you too! Let's stay in touch, and I'd love to talk more about the possibility of the 2017 workshop you, Candy, and I discussed.
Thanks Linda. Jude, what a treat. Have you ever thought about using some of it in something you create? I'm thinking that once I have a large enough stash of beach glass from Lake Mendota (the lake down the street from our house) I'd like to find a way to incorporate it into one of my embroideries.
Stop by to say hi and get to see what promises to be a lovely exhibition. I am honored that both "Adoration" (left) and "Fruition" (right) were selected for inclusion in this second bienniale at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Lake Mendota beach glass-- treasures from this morning's walk Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Here are six of my small embroidered quilts. They just arrived in Columbus, Ohio for the Small Works faculty show and sale at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium. I'm really looking forward to being there June 5-8 to teach a new 2-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday: "Layered Surface Design: The Hand-Made Stitch on Hand-Dyed Cloth." There are still a few spots in the class too! Here's the QSDS website: Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my class ( Here's a close-up of the newest mini quilt (upper right, above). It's called "Unfettered... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
For about the past year I've been a member of the Memory Cloth Circle in Madison, Wisconsin ( When I attended the group's exhibition last May I knew I had to join. It's an amazing, thoughtful, creative group of remarkable women, and I'm so proud to be a part of it. Members have created a new group exhibition of our hand stitching that we're hanging tomorrow: With These Stitches We Remember We're holding the exhibition at our favorite meeting place--the Lakeside Street Coffee House at 402 W. Lakeside St. in Madison. The show will run from tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Thank you, NanC and Leslee.
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Today is a perfect spring day in Madison, and days like this always make me feel more fully alive--the warmth of the air, abundant sunlight, and vast swaths of blue-violet scilla blooming all over my neighborhood simply make me happy. It's as if some part of me that wearied during the winter has been healed. One of the activities that got me out of the house and enjoying some sunshine was delivering artwork. I delivered two of my bead embroidered quilts to a hospital and one piece of art to a private collector. "A Grotto for Spring" (below) and "Sun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
I spend most of my teaching time with students who come with some kind of background in handwork or crafts, and they often come to my classes to expand their repertoires of techniques or to build skills and confidence in fiber art design. I, too, have spent my life in crafts and handwork, and so I know I'm in my element in these types of teaching situations. But every once in a while it's great to mix things up a bit and work with non-traditional (for me) students. Throughout my career these types of groups and settings have included making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
As I write this I've got Paul Simon's The 59th Street Bridge Song quietly floating through my mind: "Slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last..." Words of wisdom. The Slow Food movement picked up on this theme back in the 1990s, and journalist Carl Honore gave it a broader focus in his 2004 book In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed. Quilter, designer, writer, blogger, and personality Mark Lipinski took this same theme to heart when he began The Slow Stitching Movement last year. It's wonderful to see someone with so much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Lisa Binkley's Fiber Art Blog
Thanks Jan!
Thanks so much, everyone, for your comments! They mean a lot to me.