Some of you may be familiar with the work of embroiderer and author, Helen M. Stevens. There's a lovely article from the UK on her - how she started, what her influences are, etc.
My favorite line is when a new student voices their disappointment that their work does not look like hers: "They will look at my work and say ‘Well, it doesn’t look like yours . .
.’ but I’ll say ‘Frankly, after three days, if yours looks like mine do
after 30 years I’m packing up and going home!’"
I like the sense of humor!
I don't know about you, but I've got 4 or 5 of her books on my bookshelves. You can read more about what she does and see her books plus classes, etc. at her own website, Fritillary.