Kimberly Servello's Embroidery Blog

Kimberly Servello - Pattern Drawer and Embroideress

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Update On My Embroidery

Folks still comment on this blog and ask if it's still active. Others contact me through email or other avenues. I have been very silent online. I owe an explanation to all of you who encouraged and inspired me.

I can not embroider anymore. Due to Lupus I've lost feeling in my fingertips - enough that I can no longer feel the fine threads I worked with. It became obvious over the Spring/Summer of 2013 when I was working on the pieces for Nicola Jarvis and Inspirations magazine. The quality of my embroidery declined. The process became difficult; then tiresome. During the same period I lost someone dear to me. The embroidery became a minor issue.

I love creating beauty and I will miss embroidery. But, Spring is around the corner and it's time to move forward. An idea occurred to me recently. I've been tossing it around in my head; a way to use embroidery designs in a different medium. 

Thank you all for following my embroidery, for your conversations, and your passion. The online embroidery community is a very giving and thoughtful one. I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I've spent with you.

Happy Stitching,


  1. Oh, Kimberly, what a dreadful thing to have happened. I hope that you do indeed find a new way of creating beauty, and I look forward to seeing what it is.

    1. Hi Kimberly. I recently found your blog looking for wool appliqué ideas. I was saddened by your lupus diagnosis and effects. How are you doing today? I too have a chronic disease:Parkinson's. A book by Leeza Gibbos about optimism has been helpful of late.


  2. I was thinking that your silence was related to your health and is really very sad for me to hear that I was not wrong. I have Fibromyalgia so I understand very well your situation.
    I have missed you in all this time and still will. But I'm sure yo will find a different way to express your creativity and we will be all here to see; a big hug ! F.

  3. oh, darling! I am feeling for you.
    That's great that you have an idea of how you can be creative, working around the problems with the Lupus. Do let us know how you go when you have the time and energy.
    xxxxoooo (gentle ones)

  4. Kimberly, because of you I have delved into the wonderful world of gold work and Elizabethan style embroidery. You have inspired me and continue to do so. I often visit your blog just to look at all your pretty pictures thinking as I look " I wish I could do that." I'm sorry for your personal loss with the death of a loved one and the loss of feeling in your fingers. If you continue to write and share what you know about embroidery, I will continue to read and be inspired. Please don't be silent....

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  6. Kimberly,

    I am sorry to hear of your sad loss of a loved one. It takes much time for the heart breaking grief to soften but I assure you it will.

    I have a dear friend living with Lupis. I am saddened to hear you can't continue with your embroidery as you did previously. I send you my best wishes for your new creative endaevours.

    I too am a person who was inspired by your very beautiful creations to start to buy books, take classes and practice Elizabethan stitching. I love that peroid of stitching history.

    Most importantly, take good care of yourself Kimberly.

    With love and hugs,

  7. Kimberly,

    I am so very sorry about this news. I hope you know how much enjoyment many of us have had admiring your stitching and watching your creative process. I'm so glad I got a chance to see your work in person. . . if briefly. . . at Winterthur several years ago.

  8. Sometimes life seems to throw so much at us we just want to throw our hands up & walk away. But where are we going to go. Your creative mind will get you through this because creative minds don't just function when we make stuff. Our minds find ways to accomplish all things. I know that you will find a new way to be & a new way to work your creativity. Meanwhile be kind to yourself & ask others to be kind to you to. My prayers are with you.

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  11. I, too, have a chronic illness. Fibro. Have too many projects going, usually dependent on my functioning levels. Can't crochet or kit either when fingers are numb/ loss if feeling.
    My condolences on all your losses, personal & physical.
    Lupus has stolen you from your life & us.
    Gentle hugs & may tomorrow have more spoons for you.

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