Home III Quarr Embroidery

This piece of work feels quite different from my others, with its straight lines!  Although there are some curves. I was inspired to try out some stumpwork techniques when I saw the latest edition of Stitch Magazine.  The 3d effect of the leaves add a greater depth to the work.  I enjoyed working this technique and will definitely try it again.  I have an idea for some brooches.  The prairie point edges were quite satisfying to make too.  I looked back in my City & Guilds notebook to discover I’d written that I loved this technique and would use it again.  Now I have!

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I love Christmas shopping!

Embroidered Greta by Emma Nicol

Embroidered Greta by Emma Nicol

Well, actually, I love the excuse to go Christmas shopping at craft fairs.  Its always hard not to buy things for yourself. I got a good balance yesterday at Aspex Gallery’s Contemporary Makers’ Fair.  I did buy some gifts for others, but I couldn’t resist having my portrait embroidered by Emma Nicol, a graduate of the University of Portsmouth’s fabulous Illustration degree course. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing this with you.  On the way back to the Hover Terminal I stumbled across another craft fair at the Square Tower and Thimble Design and Craft with some lovely bold Holbein stitch cards.  The day was rounded off nicely by going to Threads private view, where 3 members of TRAC were exhibiting their work.  It was really interesting to see how non-stitchers use stitch to enhance their work.  The exhibition runs until the end of the month at Ryde Public Library.

Home III, Orange

This is the third piece in the series relating to my home on the Isle of Wight. It draws on the colours and spirit of Quarr Abbey. Photographing the Abbey and grounds on a beautiful autumn day, orange was the colour. The geometric brickwork glowed in orange tones, the shrubbery was turning through orange and yellow and red, the saffron coloured crocuses glowed. I like also the associations of orange with meditation, spirituality, nature, warmth and joy. I have added a machine wrapped cord and maintained my ‘home’ circle, in the pink, inspired by the shape and colours of beautiful sedums in the grounds, a nod to the theme of wrapped cords.

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Quarr Abbey Collage