Distance Learning…

You may be only a mouse-click away from the perfect course. That’s the title of the STITCHBUSINESS article in the October/November edition of Stitch Magazine. If you’ve ever been tempted to try, don’t just take my word for it being a great idea. As well as my experience of distance learning, you can read that of Jennifer Mary Lehm from Copenhagen, Pat Jarvis from York and Shirley McCann from Brittany too.


Wrapped cords

Wallhanging, completed for City & Guilds, Level 3 certificate

Wallhanging, completed for City & Guilds, Level 3 certificate

I have begun to work on a collection of pieces (6 I’ve set myself) so that I have something to exhibit when opportunities arise.  I have taken my favourite technique, cord wrapping, from my Favourite Things (pictured) as my starting point.  Artists research has led to some examples of Aboriginal art, where circles represent place.  Current uncertainties in the family have highlighted the significance of place in the scheme of things so it seems a fitting analogy.  I want the colours to represent love, joy and healing, lots of positivity, hence reds, oranges and yellows.  But the colours are repetitive, too similar, and so the piece is progressing with vivid jewels of opposites. It’s almost ready to share.

Ryde Arts Festival

Packing up some pieces of work for Ryde Arts Festival.  TRAC colleagues are organising distribution later in the week.  My hand embroidered panel will be in Bijoux Jewellers in Union Street and my machine and hand embroidered gift box will be in Forget-me-Not Designs in Cross Street.  Both were made as part of my City and Guilds.


Embroidered panel

The panel was inspired by a wooden door boss on Buckingham Road and encouraged me to look at other wooden panels and work by artists such as Grinling Gibbons as well as looking at embroidered panels in the V&A Collection.  It is built up in layers: wadding, painted fabric over cords, running stitches, cut away appliqué circles, printed shapes, seeding, lace, eyelets and other circles.  Buttonhole bars add depth to the surface.  Satin stitch and couching finish the edge.  The work is laced over a wooden panel with an integral hanging mechanism so it can be hung flush to a door or wall.


Embroidered gift box

The gift box was an experimental 3D piece.  It takes inspiration from artists such as Janet Edmonds and uses a technique called patching and piecing. Fabric strips are assembled, machine embroidered, cut up, reassembled, machine embroidered and so on a number of times.  The new fabric is embellished with hand stitching before the box is constructed over painted pelmut vilene.  Beads add extra detail to the lid and wrapped cords make nice little feet.

Hope you enjoy looking at all the art work in Ryde next weekend.


Inspired by an old door boss


Well you have to start somewhere.  Today I’ve been photographing some work for a proposed article in Stitch Magazine.  Just like me to get the pretty stuff done first and leave the article writing to another day!