“Star & Ethan”

Stumpwork embroidery Another piece from my workshops with Jo Pout learning stumpwork. This workshop was about creating faces. Jo’s example was ‘ladies who lunch’ but instead I invented Star and Ethan, who live on a narrowboat and grow ‘herbs’ (wink)! In each class, I followed her kit for the main elements, and then added text and small adaptations of my […]

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“She Sells Seashells”

Stumpwork embroidery Another piece from my workshops with Jo Pout learning stumpwork. This one is based on rock pools and includes sea urchins and a sea anemone as well as the starfish and shells. In each class, I followed her kit for the main elements, and then added text and small adaptations of my own. Year 2016 Size 5″ x […]

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“Mists & Mellow Fruitfulness”

Stumpwork embroidery The third piece from my workshops with Jo Pout learning stumpwork and the first one with thread wrapping and beads. In each class, I followed her kit for the main elements, and then added text and small adaptations of my own. Year 2016 Size 5″ x 5″ (13 cm x 13 cm) Series or Collection n/a Designed by […]

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“Ladybird, Ladybird”

Stumpwork embroidery The second piece from my workshops with Jo Pout learning stumpwork. There were a lot of stitches and techniques that were new to me in this one, including the raised stem band, bullion knot and wired wing cases. In each class, I followed her kit for the main elements, and then added text and small adaptations of my […]

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“Sheep May Safely Graze”

Stumpwork embroidery I’ve always been fascinated by stumpwork (raised) embroidery and in 2014, I had the opportunity to start to learn it with stumpwork expert Jo Pout. This is the first of the pieces I stitched from her workshops. In each class, I followed her kit for the main elements, and then added text and small adaptations of my own. […]

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“Dryad: Field Maple”

Mixed media textile art In this piece created specifically for the 2012 Milton Keynes Outside In exhibition, I wanted to portray a dryad (tree spirit) with an associated green man who ages over the course of the seasons and the wheel of the year. Field maples are the only native British maple tree (sycamore and Norway maple are both introduced species) […]

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“Pearls of Wisdom”

Mixed media textile art The journey to adulthood can be difficult, no matter what your species. Even mermaids need advice and encouragement from their older, wiser relatives. This piece was inspired by hearing the phrase “pearls of wisdom” as a theme. I immediately imagined the scene of a mature mermaid dispensing advice and encouragement to younger relatives. I wanted to […]

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