||About Erica Michaels|
Welcome to the website for Erica Michaels Designs - the site has been updated and I hope
you find it both useful and pleasurable to browse.
I'm Linda Stolz and I've been sewing and stitching since at least high school. Like many of you I tried my hand at several types of needlework as I was introduced to each of them by my mother, aunt and grandmothers - embroidery, quilting, crocheting knitting and dressmaking. I stitched my first counted cross stitch sampler early in college and was hooked. It's been a passion, and more recently a profession, ever since.
I grew up in the small town of Halstead, Kansas - near Wichita. I was always interested in art and have a bachelor's degree in home economics/interior design from Kansas State University and worked in that field for several years out of college. A few more office or administrative jobs followed in a variety of
fields, but stitching remained a constant.
In 1998 our family relocated to the Tulsa, OK area. Eric was just old enough that I could pick up my stitching hobby again and a friend suggested that I visit The Silver Needle. A few months later I was working for Lindy at the shop and learning lots of new things about this business. I began designing small things for the shop, one thing led to another and with the encouragement of everyone at The Silver Needle, I started my own line of designs in 2000.
But, who is Erica Michaels? After searching for that perfect company name I finally settled on a feminine version of my son's name - Eric Michael. Sometimes it is a bit confusing since I'm often called "Erica", but I've learned to answer to it from lots of people in this business, and don't mind at all.
Our family (my husband Len, son Eric, two cats and a boxer) has moved a few times over the years, but we call Clarksville, Tennessee our home now.
I also hold a part-time "day job" at Austin Peay State University where I work on staff and that sometimes makes for an extremely full day! I sincerely hope you enjoy my designs and use them to explore your own creativity.
I stitch all of my own models because I almost always revise colors and small details as I go. However, I still stitch other designs for my own pleasure
whenever I can, sometimes joining a local stitch group - it's wonderful to take a break from the 'work' stitching and do something completely different. I just
try not to have more than one other sampler going at a time - otherwise, I'd never get anything finished.