Who is Mary Corbet?
I learned to embroider when I was a kid – around 10 years old – when my aunt and older sisters were really into cross stitch (remember the ’80′s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on.
When I finished college, I got into serious embroidery as a result of a growing interest in historical and ecclesiastical embroidery. I began reading a lot, collecting books and pieces of old embroidery, taking pictures and looking at pieces up close. I tried different techniques, until I figured out the one question that always pops into my mind when I see a beautiful piece of embroidery: “How did they do that?” As far as stitching goes, I’m self-taught.
For my “real job,” I was a high school teacher and then a college professor. I taught English and writing while finishing my graduate degrees, after which I moved into education, teaching teachers how to teach. After 18 years in academia, five of which were simultaneously spent building Needle ‘n Thread, it became clear that I could not give 100% to my professional career and to Needle ‘n Thread. I couldn’t give up Needle ‘n Thread, so I took the plunge and stepped out of the academic world.
Why couldn’t I give up Needle ‘n Thread? Because I believe the world needs beauty, and embroidery is a beautiful art. To teach others to embroider, to inspire them to try new things with needle and thread – to me, these are worthwhile goals. I love teaching, and I view Needle ‘n Thread as the opportunity to teach a wider audience something that I really love.
I’m always interested in teaching others. If you have a workshop, class, or project you’d like me to teach with your local group, drop me a line and we’ll see if we can work something out. I’m also available to teach northeast Kansans at my studio on an individual basis at reasonable rates, depending on current schedule demands. Note: I’m booked through 2014, but I’m taking inquiries for 2015 and beyond.
Thanks for joining me on my stitching adventures!
Q: Reviewing Products and Services
A: I am very happy to review your product or service for my readers, under the following conditions:
- I review products or services that relate to needlework by hand and that I believe will be useful to my readers.
- Reviews are written for products or services that I have experienced. I can’t purchase every needlework product or service available, though. If you have something unique you think my readers would be interested in, you are welcome to contact me. If I already own and like it, I will consider reviewing it. If I don’t own it, you are welcome to send me a sample.
- Please understand that my review, if written, will be honest. I generally list pros and cons of any product I review.
- Please do not expect a positive review simply because you send me a sample. I write reviews for the benefit of my readers and will not compromise their trust in me in order to “sell” a product that I wouldn’t use.
- I will not return any samples.
- If I’m going to write a review, it will be written only after I have had time to test the product or service, and within the structure of my publishing schedule.
- If I am not going to write a review, I will do my best to contact you and tell you why.
Q: Can I advertise on your site?
A: If your product or service is compatible with my content, I would be happy to talk to you about advertising. Advertisers are accepted based on their relevance to the focus of Needle ‘n Thread and the interests of my readers.
Needle ‘n Thread is devoted solely to hand needlework and embroidery, and all accessories, books, fabrics, threads, and so forth that are involved in the art of hand embroidery and needlework. I do not advertise for companies or individuals that sell pre-made embroidered items, nor do I advertise for the machine embroidery industry.
Advertising on Needle ‘n Thread is affordable. Ads are paid for and run on a monthly basis, with the option of a three month or yearly contract at a reduced rate. Current advertisers are always given the option to renew before their ad space is offered to another business.
Needle ‘n Thread is read by over 16,000 daily subscribers and is viewed by thousands of unique visitors a day searching for information on hand embroidery and needlework. If this is the audience you wish to reach, then this is the place to advertise! Unlike magazines with static content, Needle ‘n Thread is updated daily. Advertisements are seen repeatedly, allowing your company name and brand to become recognized by the stitching public.
To learn about advertising rates for Needle ‘n Thread, please contact me.