Iconic Celebration

Heat treated organza on fabric fragments with machine and hand embroidery This my entry for the “Art in the Park” competition at IBM Hursley as part of the IBM Centennial Celebrations. This was open to past and present employees and families. I won first prize! I present it here to show those who don’t have…

Mary Thomas Chapter 1

All the stitches from Chapter 1 of Mary Thomas’ Dictionary of Stitches. Which in this case is edge stitches. From left to right: running stitch, whipped running, Holbein, back, whipped back, Pekinese stem, whipped stem, Portuguese knotted, outline, split, overcast blanket, buttonhole, single feather chain, whipped chain, back stitched chain twisted chain, knotted chain, heavy chain, chequered…

Birthday Peacock

The burnt doodling of the other day was followed by a more planned piece of stitching for a birthday card for a very important gentleman with a very important birthday. I returned to themes of some of my more recent work (if you call 2009 recent), previous studies and combined free machine embroidery with the…

Back to basics

I have finally made a return to hand stitching – I find myself needing the occupation for my hands. This is meant to be stress free – so I have gone back over old textile samples with a view to adding a little more stitch. I found this soldered sample from a few years back,…

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

This is based on one of the photos I have snapped on one of my many cycling adventures. Again this is derived from a well known phrase which is derived from the Tennyson poem In Memoriam: I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and…

Proverbially English I

These are like old friends to me now – I first conceived of them when participating in a postcard swap based on the colour spectrum. I added a further theme by using proverbs as my inspiration. As some of these postcards were going to far off places (one went as far as Australia) I decided…

Life is Risky

The title was taken from a quote from a video that M was watching as part of his counselling skills course work.  The man who said it is Carl Rogers one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy research : “Life is risky. To take the responsibility for being the person you would like to be…..”. …

Tread Softly

This refers to the last line of the Yeats poem “He wishes for the cloths of heaven”. I was introduced to this poem when I was at college. Studying for a computer science degree didn’t mean a lot poetry study but a friend of mine gave me a copy of it when we graduated. Since…