Fiber Artist specializing
in embroidery and quilting.
Elaine specializes in uniquely styled embroidery
and quilted items including wearable art and
home decorating items. Her life-long
interest in sewing and decorating expanded into
machine embroidery about 10 years ago. She
currently enjoys experimenting with combining
embroidery with quilting and weaving to create
new and innovative items. She enjoys
creating unique shirts, totes, aprons, linens
and towels decorated with southwest and floral
designs. Many enjoy her large scale
religious banners and vestments. More...
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Hi, my name is Elaine
Tarr. Welcome to my web site. I do all the
embroidery at Desert Vista Fiber Arts. My
fiber arts include machine embroidery,
sewing, quilting and weaving (at which I
am still a novice). As an artist, my
mediums are fabric, thread and yarn. I
offer many types of custom-made wearable
art and home decorating items.
I retired in 2008 from a career in
education and training; first in public
education and then in corporate training.
Now I have the wonderful opportunity to
pursue my passions through Desert Vista
Fiber Arts. I also work with a quilting
group which makes child and adult quilts
for those in need.
My Desert Vista Fiber Arts studio is
located in beautiful Fountain Hills,
Arizona surrounded by the Sonoran Desert.
The desert influences many of my projects
which feature kokopelli, javalina, chili
pepper ristras and cacti. My love of
travel is reflected in the many tee shirts
my husband wears. I love making souvenir
tees for the places we visit. I often
create tees and sweatshirts for events
such as tours, family events and
celebrations. I find my customers have
lots of imagination when we are designing
You will find I feature many American
Southwest designs. I have lived in the
southwest for 30 years and have come to
love the culture and beauty of the
southwest. On the southwest design pages I
gladly share an introduction to some of
our southwestern culture.
If you have something in mind, which you
would like embroidered I most likely can
find or make a design to meet your needs.
Machine embroidery starts with a shape,
logo, graphic or picture. Computer
software programs are used to convert the
graphic/picture to a format which a
computerized embroidery machine can use to
sew out the design. This is called
digitizing. I digitize some of my designs.
I purchase the license for some. My
favorite sources for designs are
Emblibrary.com and Aneita Goodesigns. I
often embellish purchased designs as well.
On this site you will find some of my
stock embroidery designs and products such
as shirts, towels, linens, and fabric
which can be embroidered. Some designs do
well embroidered on any fabric. However,
some embroidery designs lend themselves to
specific products. Since our imagination
is the basic limiter of what can be done,
I have also included photos of many of the
custom projects I have done. I love
the challenge of creating custom items.
Sometimes we are looking for something
unique, different. It may be a special
occasion when we want a unique gift.
Perhaps for a great grandma who says she
has everything she needs or wants.
Let your imagine take over as you view the
items shown here which have been done on
special request. It is possible to create
a unique design to showcase a talent, a
company, a special occasion.
Some items are offered for sale via this
site. For additional stock designs,
product info and custom items please email
A deposit is
required before any sewing or embroidery
is done on custom orders. All payments
are due at time of delivery.
There are many designs not shown on this
Thank you for shopping at Desert Vista
Fiber Arts. If you encounter any
problems please email me at