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thoughts on embroidery and tradition, cloth, stitch, hand worked embellishment using new and vintage cloth for embroidery. Online tuition available.
2017-05-28 11:53
Stitched paper, embroidered scraps of cloth, hanging tags, sequins, pages, papers....so many surfaces and textures, lots of layering, ripping, rearranging. The past week in class, in Art… Read More
2017-05-27 12:10
This surface was put together around a fortnight ago. I think you have seen it before when it was minimally embellished. Last night I worked on it some more although there's still a long… Read More
2017-05-26 11:42
The second header, I showed you the first one yesterday. This one has vintage lace, vintage pom poms, cross stitch and added blingy bits. Am I allowed to say how much I love these swatc… Read More
2017-05-25 11:57
In theory I have added a header to one of my swatches. (the flower heads on gimp stalks with a sequin and bullion knot seam attaching it to the main piece) The header should allow me to… Read More
2017-05-24 11:53
  My ''artist book'' from class.....it's coming together but there is a long, long way to go. I'm guessing here, because I can't remember off the top of my head but I think I nee… Read More
2017-05-23 11:55
It's someones birthday today so she is most likely off somewhere eating cake.    The past week or so in picture.....see you tomorrow.  Oops! I opened this one early… Read More
2017-05-22 11:52
The day before yesterday I showed you the first of these experiments in surface design, my first attempt at kick starting my brain to gather ideas for patterning for use in my next class… Read More
2017-05-21 11:51
Patterning from the piece I showed you yesterday has been altered, rearranged and a new piece has been created to live alongside the first piece. As I said in yesterday's post, this wor… Read More
2017-05-20 11:55
This piece has been on my mind and in progress for a couple of days now. It's finished as a piece of embroidery but it hasn't yet served its purpose.  This is the start of explorat… Read More
2017-05-19 11:53
My collection of hand stitched pages for my next ''artist book'' is slowly growing. These pieces are being created in class and next week we begin to put our books together, it's all get… Read More

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