Instagram post by @balzerdesigns Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Stitched my way home from Tampa last night. ✈️ Usually people never say a word to me about my embroidery β€”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. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ 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) It’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 didn’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 that’s why I’m so attracted to portraiture. πŸ‘πŸ‘ As you can see, I’m making progress. Introduced some new colors and lots of french knots! πŸ™Œ #whatjuliemade
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  • 19w ago danieleshannon danieleshannon

    Love this! And the story

  • 19w ago art_stellamirabella art_stellamirabella


  • 19w ago kid_a_jules kid_a_jules

    This is sooo beautiful!!! 😍😍😍 @sewinmind

  • 19w ago ddhurlbut ddhurlbut

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

  • 19w 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.

  • 19w 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.

  • 19w ago obragg obragg

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

  • 19w ago reddoglady reddoglady

    love your embroidery and yes so true

  • 19w ago panaparkin panaparkin

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

  • 19w 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.....

  • 19w ago mgtsheldon mgtsheldon

    Love the stitches, loved your story even more❀️

  • 19w ago gibson.kaye gibson.kaye


  • 19w ago colettes_world colettes_world

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

  • 19w ago creativityreignited creativityreignited

    I guess you talk to your portraits

  • 19w ago artjournalist47 artjournalist47

    I so love this story πŸ’žπŸ’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 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • 19w ago bethinil2003 bethinil2003

    Just love this piece.

  • 19w ago gwenaval gwenaval

    I just love your embroidery projects! So cool.

  • 19w ago mreen14 mreen14

    Love this post, very true

  • 19w ago curts1220 curts1220

    Oh, you are so talented

  • 19w ago ulrikelustig ulrikelustig

    @elsiedear & @scarecrow_88 ❀️😍❀️

  • 19w ago raspberrybuzz raspberrybuzz

    This is absolutely beautiful! 😍😍😍 Xx

  • 19w ago rzee2015 rzee2015

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

  • 19w ago hopestillstudio hopestillstudio

    I love this embroidery & I love these thoughts!

  • 19w 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.

  • 19w ago mrsjones2603 mrsjones2603

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

  • 19w ago hollies_laughter hollies_laughter

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

  • 19w ago madrains madrains


  • 19w 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

  • 19w ago jonibeach jonibeach

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

  • 19w 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!?

  • 18w 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.

  • 18w ago andreajaneclement andreajaneclement

    @artjournalist47 Me too! 😁

  • 16w ago millana_dee millana_dee

    This is absolutely beautiful πŸ’›πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’™, great seign.

  • 16w ago millana_dee millana_dee

    Just looked at it closely, great stitching.

  • 12w ago rubbermoon rubbermoon

    Love so much


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