How kind of you to visit my world of fiber art. Fembellish Journal chronicles my life in thread, fiber, yarn, ribbon, fabric, felt, roving, textiles, beads, buttons, dye, paint, and anything else I discover that brings beauty to the things I create.

I am blessed in that my professional life and my personal life often overlap since fiber art is such a large part of both. A little bit of myself will inevitably flow from each of my entries, so enough said about me.

Enjoy your visit and take away any inspiration you find here.



  1. Michelle Wyman said,

    March 24, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Rene, I love your Fembellish Journal and often read it…

    Thanks for all you share so freely…

  2. June Knowles said,

    April 19, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    I just found your journal and I am so amazed at your generosity in the sharing of your techniques. Your work is inspiring and lovely. Honestly, I’ve paid for classes that hardly compare to what you freely share with everyone. Thank you and I look forward to visiting often.

    June in Central Florida

  3. SuZ said,

    April 20, 2007 at 11:04 am

    thank you sew much for sharing your awesome techniques!!! your work is inspiring as well as beautiful…and your Fembellish Journal is well done!!!
    thank you again Rene…
    SuZ in NJ

  4. M. R. Beat said,

    June 24, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Hello, Rene!
    I am impressed with the photography used on your blog. It is just as useful as the dialogue that accompanies the lesson of the day. As a fiber artist and a teacher, I am aware of the various styles of learning each student brings to class. You excel using two methods: visual and text. Your projects are achievable by almost all levels of learning, AND they are rewarding pieces of art to display. Thank you for sharing your special qualities.
    M. R. B. in IA

  5. Linda Knight said,

    July 1, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Greetings Rene,
    I have been perched in the balcony for 5 months now, anxiously awaiting every day your latest posting. I have wanted so many times to send you a note of thanks and admiration but have just not felt like my words are adequate. So today, I’m coming down from the balcony and joining the class, the party, the fun, the group, the life of a fiber artist…and saying thank you so very much for all you do and share with those of us who are new to fiber arts. I think I read that you live in the NC mountains, I too have mountain roots in Murphy NC and will probably retire and live there part time sometime this year. I have a Bernina QE440 and the needlefellting foot was one of my promotional gifts when I got my machine. You have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. I later purchased the couching foot when I saw how versatile it is and how many wonderful things you were doing in the FJ. I do babble on….so for now, a sincere thanks and please keep up your passion and great lessons, you have lots of followers.
    Gratefully, Linda Knight

  6. dear home said,

    May 8, 2008 at 6:34 am

    i like your website very much.

  7. July 22, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I miss the updates on your blog, and I hope that everything is well with you. Your blog was the the site that introduced me to blogs and was an inspiration when I started blogging. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Brilliante Weblog Award Premio – 2008. Please don’t feel that you need to do anything, I just wanted to thank you for the influence you had on my life and art. If you want to read about what I said about your site, please feel free to go and have a look at http://megabqfabricchallenge.blogspot.com/


  8. Lin Moon said,

    August 4, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I know you are busy caring for your mom and I hope that is going well. In my blog on August 3, you are nominated for an award; check it out when you get a chance.
    ~Lin Moon

  9. Vicky said,

    September 21, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    This site is fantastic, I love every minute I can spend in it. Thank you so much for providing all this information, you are an inspiration to us all. Thanks Vicky

  10. Gayle J said,

    December 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Hello Rene,
    WOW! I just found your website and am blown away by all the creativity. I notice there has not been recent entries (?) or at least I’ve not seen them yet. I sure hope life hasn’t prevented you from continuing your work. I am so inspired by what I see . . . I can’t wait to get some space cleared away and some time to start trying some of what you’ve so deliciously explained. I tried to get on the email list but don’t think it worked . . . maybe you’re too busy elsewhere these days. At any rate, I’ll check back occasionally and see if there’s anything new. You must be one fantastic lady!!!!

  11. Evelyn said,

    January 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hello N. Rene,
    I came accross your Fembellish site a few months ago. I am curious if you have another site or have you stopped posting to this most awesome one.

  12. Marlene said,

    February 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I have just discovered your journal and I am making baby bibs and really like the pattern you used in April 2007. Could you please tell me were you got the pattern? Thank you so much. Marlene

  13. Marlene said,

    February 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I am wondering if anyone reads the comments or if Rene sees them to respond to. thank you.

  14. Val said,

    April 9, 2009 at 9:58 am


    Information, art, music, friendship, faith, love, empathy, compassion and humanity multiplys in beauty and meaning when it is shared.. A simple thank you from me to you.

    Val in Nova Scotia, Canada

  15. Val Rule said,

    April 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    A simple thank you…

  16. July 21, 2009 at 11:50 am

    How lucky was I that I found your site the very day I purchased my Babylock Embellisher? You are wonderfully creative and have expanded my horizons. I love the way you explain your techniques and you have given me the courage to be more adventurous with my sewing. I am blessed to have three wonderful machines, a serger, a Viking Designer SE and the embellisher, now with your inspiration I am making more use of my investment. I’m having so much more fun because of you! Thank you for being so generous with your talent

  17. Aleta said,

    April 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Rene, you have a fantastic site here and I am glad I found it. I see that you no longer are on this blog and I wonder if you moved to another one or did you stop doing it altogether? I hope not!
    Thank you for all of the great information and patterns you have on your site.
    Take care –

  18. Mary Repp said,

    October 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Rene, like so many others I came across your wonderful website when searching for speciality thread. I purchased the special bobbin case and am trying to find the speciality thread that is pictured on the box or on the directions. I attended a class many years ago and we used this thread and for the life of me I can not remember what type of thread it is or where to purchase it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Your website is very inspirational with many ideas on what we can create with our sewing machines. Your Ideas and instructions are so clear and easy to follow. Thank you. Mary R

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