Instagram post by @balzerdesigns Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Stitched my way home from Tampa last night. โœˆ๏ธ Usually people never say a word to me about my embroidery โ€”except for the one time when a woman in the window seat warned her husband, in the middle seat, to not get stabbed by me. Every 10-15 minutes. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ But last night my seat companion was curious and chatty. We ended up talking for the entire 3-hour flight. And it made me think of 3 things I wanted to share: (1) Stitching is very companionable. You can definitely stitch and chat. (2) Itโ€™s nice to talk to another human being. We spend so much time engaged with our phones and laptops and headphones that I think we miss out on human contact. I read a happiness study a while back that said people who had conversational interactions with strangers on their daily commute arrived in a much better mood than those that didnโ€™t. I believe it. (3) Everyone has a story to tell. After 3-hours of chat, you can only keep it superficial for so long. People are fascinating and complex. I think thatโ€™s why Iโ€™m so attracted to portraiture. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ As you can see, Iโ€™m making progress. Introduced some new colors and lots of french knots! ๐Ÿ™Œ #whatjuliemade
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  • 32w ago danieleshannon danieleshannon

    Love this! And the story

  • 32w ago art_stellamirabella art_stellamirabella


  • 32w ago kid_a_jules kid_a_jules

    This is sooo beautiful!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ @sewinmind

  • 32w ago ddhurlbut ddhurlbut

    Your embroidery is beautiful and i too enjoy connecting with other humans. peace

  • 32w ago siss1988 siss1988

    Wow this is so beautiful and not just your embroidery! But it's so true what you say, I often draw in musea and restaurants it's so lovely if people are in for a chat and interested in what you do... mostly children and older people are curious and in have time for a chat.

  • 32w ago peepsandfur peepsandfur

    Your embroidery is beautiful and I am one of those rare people who do not have a smart phone. I also love portraiture and am always trying to read people's faces and imagine what their lives might of been like.

  • 32w ago obragg obragg

    Well done! Hope your trip to St. Pete was a good one.

  • 32w ago reddoglady reddoglady

    love your embroidery and yes so true

  • 32w ago panaparkin panaparkin

    I love your story and your wonderful embroidery. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

  • 32w ago chermckittrick chermckittrick

    I think most people are too shy to approach an artist; i always do, and have never gotten a negative reaction. And i love it when people ask me about what I'm working on. human contact - Soooooo important.....

  • 32w ago mgtsheldon mgtsheldon

    Love the stitches, loved your story even moreโค๏ธ

  • 32w ago gibson.kaye gibson.kaye


  • 32w ago colettes_world colettes_world

    I totally agree. Connection to strangers makes them happier and you too.

  • 32w ago creativityreignited creativityreignited

    I guess you talk to your portraits

  • 32w ago jwilson133 jwilson133

    Lovely. Both the stitching and the insight.

  • 32w ago artjournalist47 artjournalist47

    I so love this story ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž..I consider myself an introvert but for some reason people are drawn to me even if I am wearing my "leave me alone" look and they love telling me work, in the market, in restaurants, on bus, trains and automobiles ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • 32w ago bethinil2003 bethinil2003

    Just love this piece.

  • 32w ago gwenaval gwenaval

    I just love your embroidery projects! So cool.

  • 32w ago mreen14 mreen14

    Love this post, very true

  • 32w ago curts1220 curts1220

    Oh, you are so talented

  • 32w ago ulrikelustig ulrikelustig

    @elsiedear & @scarecrow_88 โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

  • 32w ago raspberrybuzz raspberrybuzz

    This is absolutely beautiful! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Xx

  • 32w ago rzee2015 rzee2015

    This has to be my favorite, your work is beautiful!

  • 32w ago hopestillstudio hopestillstudio

    I love this embroidery & I love these thoughts!

  • 32w ago somethinglisa somethinglisa

    I know a lot of people prefer to be left alone while commuting but I have met so many wonderful people while traveling. So many interesting stories. Your Embroidery is looking awesome.

  • 32w ago mrsjones2603 mrsjones2603

    I take it there was no stabbing ? It looks beautiful I wouldnโ€™t be able to not talk to someone creating such beauty

  • 32w ago hollies_laughter hollies_laughter

    Love this! ๐Ÿ’™ are you able to take needles onto a plane? I always worry!

  • 32w ago madrains madrains


  • 32w ago lori2walker lori2walker

    Julie thank you for continuing to share your progress on this stitching, I love seeing it. It has so inspired me to start stitching again and I have had the same experience of talking with people on the planes and receiving compliments and loving the process! #artinspires @balzerdesigns #youareabeautifulartist

  • 32w ago jonibeach jonibeach

    im sure your art makes you more approachable somehow....many people are drawn to the "magic" of it!๐Ÿ˜Š

  • 32w ago jonibeach jonibeach

    sort of like with music...Ive heard it usually takes a few hours of conversation, before enough trust is gained to have deeper discussions...Maybe with some of us who enjoy talking , its less!?

  • 31w ago andreajaneclement andreajaneclement

    That's really starting to take shape, bet it will be amazing. So much better to get to know someone rather than be glued to a phone.

  • 31w ago andreajaneclement andreajaneclement

    @artjournalist47 Me too! ๐Ÿ˜

  • 28w ago millana_dee millana_dee

    This is absolutely beautiful ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’™, great seign.

  • 28w ago millana_dee millana_dee

    Just looked at it closely, great stitching.

  • 24w ago rubbermoon rubbermoon

    Love so much

  • 6d ago tippenic tippenic

    THIS is very cool! I love the texture and colors. True art sista ;).

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