Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Oakworth is famous for its little station on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway line which featured in the Railway Children film. Throughout the Summer months, we are serenaded with toots and whistles from the steam trains and occasionally a long wait at the old-fashioned gated crossing. Its a lovely nostalgic little building full of quirky fixtures and fittings.
Here my station house is stitched on evenweave linen and mounted on a background of painted fabric and Bondaweb applique.
The square will form part of a border for Skipton Embroiderers' Guild Where's My Home community project which will be displayed for the first time at Yarndale.
Here is the last in my series of raised embroidery samples. I've chosen a seasonal theme of sea shells which demonstrates two different styles of padding, a wired shape and some shisha work to incorporate a piece of sea glass. Worked in soft browns, pinks and cream and a mixture of stranded thread and super-shiny cotton perle.
Friday, 10 August 2018
Cacti are the hipster plant of the moment. We have a few of them scattered around the house, but sadly my girls believe that these desert dwellers need no water or attention. We have had a few casualties (especially the ones that were left in a dark box for 3 months over the summer holidays!)
Here is my answer to the problem. Three little stitched cacti in a water-glass terrarium. No care required.
If you want to know how to make it, I'll be running a workshop in August and October.
This is a map of Syria, stitched with a group of women refugees now living in Skipton. It has been made for the Skipton Embroiderers' Guild 'Where's My Home' project and is a collaboration between some of the ladies in the group and EG members. We have added stars to show where the ladies have come from (Damascus, Homs, and Allepo), 'Syria' written in Arabic script, and a representation of homes destroyed in the conflict.
Although our lives have taken very different paths, we have found each other in the place we now call home and shared a common interest in stitching.
Monday, 23 July 2018
Holiday stitching 2018. A quick study of what was happening during my week in Pollenca. Noisy swifts every morning and evening, juicy figs for lunch, starry halos for Santa Maria, rainbows of colours through stained glass windows and bougainvillea flowers falling on the patio. All this interspersed with some fantastic reading, wonderful food and great company. What more could I want?
And if you are interested, my basic stitch kit of 2 needles, 1 pair of scissors and a rats-nest of threads contained in the most perfect bag made for me by my friend Clare.