I found, by chance, a wonderfully talented lady named Susan Lenz.
She is happily married and has two grown up Children. A few years ago now she changed direction in her life and is an Artist, she says for less money and longer hours, but she is thoroughly happy in her career choice ..... and boy does it show! Susan is now a full time professional studio artist.
Generally Susan uses vintage and re-cycled materials, mostly using a needle and thread for self expression. Combine that with meticulous handwork and WOW!... In addition she sometimes uses stitched text and free motion machine embroidery which, she says, adds visual and emotional layers.
Susan Lenz lives in America and is available for teaching, lectures and workshops!... Lucky USA
Having read her blog and scoured her facebook page to look at the art that Susan creates out of all sorts of mediums not only her unbelievable talent shines through but her joy in her work and the art that she creates. Take a look for yourself ...... It is not to be missed. I am going to become a member of her blog so I do not miss a thing! I am going to America again this year and only wish I was nearer to where this lovely lady lives because I would love to chat with her and learn more.
Also Susan and I share a passion for vintage spools BUT look what she does with hers!!
Also a blog http://artbysusanlenz.blogspot.com plus you can find her on www.susanlenz.com