Blogs: I've actually got three.

Twitter: If you can't wait between blog entries: Follow me on twitter:InkCircles

Facebook: I'm there too, but I'm not very adept at the interface there. I have a personal page, but also have a page for Ink Circles, where most of the cross stitch updating takes place.

Tracy Horner on Facebook

ART: I've moved the ink and paint works off of the main Ink Circles site to, as that was causing some confusion to some of the surfers here. Somehow the side interest of making cross stitch patterns has dominated other artistic efforts. Prints of my artwork, originals, notecards and such are in the online shop.


More about me...

I’m Tracy Horner and I have been drawing and stitching since I was a wee squirt. When I was a girl, my Mum had a yarn & needlework shop.  I was fed ample supplies of Eva Rosenstand cross stitch kits and Norwegian and Icelandic knitting wool that she imported.  She can take much of the blame/credit in the “early influences department”, but as my father is quite an accomplished stitcher perhaps he is also responsible.

I was schooled as an engineer, served a stint in the US Navy followed by a 15 year career at the Hanford Reservation (a GOCO superfund site). One day back in late 2005, they left the door to the rat’s maze open and I snuck out (don’t tell anyone). I’ve been told you can tell that I am an engineer by looking at my art. I’m not sure that is a compliment.

I have a wonderful husband and two amazing kids, and now a bit more time to spend with them.

Cross Stitch Designs - I use Patternmaker Professional, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wanted to try their hand at designing.  Sometimes I draw or paint a study for a new pattern, but sometimes I just start by opening a blank file with a ridiculously large stitch count. The program is super for copying, rotating and repositioning elements.  I use Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Acrobat to get things all laid out for publishing.