Embroidery is the traditionally feminine act of recording and creating and the finished works are cherished by family members as heirlooms of blood ties. I use this delicate, personal technique to explore issues of sex, intimacy, female form, function, style, and gender roles: subjects not often discussed or recorded inside families. I hand embroider explicit, erotic tales – pathos of flesh and form. A dissonance between two kinds of women's work? Combining quilting, embroidery and adornment, I braid the stories of individuals into a larger framework of a collective.