Having a stitchy time…

You know how it is, one day it’s January and the next it’s nearly May…

The very observant will also notice that this is not the palette I began 2016 using. That piece is sitting patiently, waiting for me to complete the one you can see in progress below.

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I’ve noticed it before, some pieces just demand to be made. They muscle their way past the other projects you were working on and insist on coming first. That’s the case here at the moment.

This chap is keeping me very busy. After having done so much couching in As Above, this one is being worked exclusively in tent stitch. This is also a pattern I’ve experienced before – where for some reason I seem to need occasionally to let go of the texture and return to a traditional flat stitch. (No doubt though after this is finished, I’ll be right back to texture again!)

But for now, I’m stitching along, with perhaps another few weeks to go before I can show you the finished piece.

We don’t call it slow art for nothing!

Exhibition plans for 2016…

Last year was the first full year I’ve exhibited my stitched tapestries and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Meeting people and having the opportunity to talk about what I make is just brilliant – I love it. It’s also fabulous working with a community of artists who are so talented and so generous with their time and input.

But hand-stitching is a very slow process and I want to make sure that when I exhibit, I have something new to show, so I’ve decided that I may not exhibit in 2016, in order to give myself the time to bring some new pieces I’m incubating, from my head and into the canvas.

However, if there’s something you’ve seen in the gallery here you’d like more information about, or if you’d like to buy a work, please do contact me directly for more details.

 

Say hello…

If you’d like to see progress being made slightly more often, find me on Instagram where I tend to post ‘work in progress’ snaps a few times a week, along with daily shots from my walks through the countryside in the company of the Delinquent Dog.

Or if you’re on Twitter, you’ll find me there too most days, indulging in my history habit, retweeting arty things, drooling over lots of raven loveliness and other occasional quirky stuff.

And of course you can find me over at my blog Dreaming In Stitches, where who knows what will come along next?

It would be lovely to hear from you…

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

A little late I know, but I hope you have a wonderful 2016!

What a year 2015 turned out to be. The highlights for me were meeting so many fabulous people at the Discover group exhibitions we held in June and November. I feel enormously lucky to be part of such a supportive and energetic group – and I’m very much looking forward to events in 2016.

But now it’s back to the frame! Lots of stitching to do.

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This is the palette for my current piece – not too difficult to guess what inspired it…

For more of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of my stitching and day-to-day life, please pop over to my blog Dreaming In Stitches, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

Celebrating slow art…

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I spend most of my time hand-stitching canvas embroideries – I know, weird isn’t it! There are pictures of my work over in the gallery (click on the menu).

Much of my inspiration comes from nature and the changing seasons and also from my fascination with the landscape and heritage of the British Isles.

This is my quiet, contemplative space – if you want to find me being much more chatty, visit me at Dreaming In Stitches…

Stitchy Purdah

Well, all that frenetic activity back in the autumn seems like such a long time ago now. I think it’s safe to say that I took the slow practice of hand stitching to the edge, in the run up to our exhibition last November, which with Christmas following hard on its heels, made for a decidedly busy time chez Pawley.

This week, the Discover artists met together to start making plans for our exhibitions in 2015. Much too soon to be talking about any of them here, but I’ll post details once we have definite confirmed events in place. Suffice to say, we’re all pretty much buzzing with excitement and looking forward to the spring.

As for stitching, well, for the last few weeks I’ve been relaxing and trying to free up the flow of creative juices – for which read playing. I’ve daubed acrylics and watercolours on a few bits of paper – and generally tried to stop thinking too much. I’ve been playing in stitches a little too, forgoing my ubiquitous spirals and moving around in straight lines instead. It feels quite liberating – so liberating in fact that I’ve let the whole long straight stitch thing get a bit out of hand. I’m waiting to see where that takes me.

Oh and there have been beads – just a few. We’ll have to have a think about that too.

So, more playing for a while longer I think, and then it’s down to grown-up planning and a period of stitchy purdah while it all gels together – I hope!

I do hope the first shoots of spring are starting to push through in your own creative endeavours! Stay tuned.

There’s more random stitchiness over at my blog Dreaming in Stitches, along with my motley ramblings about nature, history, books and occasional smatterings of everyday life.

Do wander over and have a look around if you fancy.

Preparations…

There’s something you need to know about slow art…

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it doesn’t like to be rushed.

Preparations are going on at as fast a pace as I can manage for Discover.

I’m going to be showing a selection of my large stitched tapestries at Ivinghoe, and in addition, I’ll be introducing two new stitched triptychs.

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You’ll notice that spirals feature – yet again.

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I’ve been enormously happy recently to find a new supplier of hand-dyed silks. People keep asking me if want to try dying myself, and of course there is a part of me that is very interested, but there are only so many hours in a day and I use most of them for stitching – so when I discover someone already creating exquisite yarns, I’m just delighted to try them out.

There’s quite a lot of the new silk worked into the blue triptych, which is providing a gorgeous sheen that I find both lovely to look at and which feels beautiful too.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who gets a thrill from the sensation of stitching with silk – and it’s definitely not something you’d want to hurry…

A sneak preview…

Just off the frame – Hidcote Blues.

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It seems an eternity ago now, but back at the beginning of June, at what turned out to be the start of a stunning summer, I travelled across the Cotswolds to visit Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden.

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It was one of those amazing June days, early enough in the year to surprise you with its warmth, a day when the colours all around us felt super-saturated, almost too vivid. A day of colour, sounds, textures and many exotic scents.

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The perfect day to find yourself wandering through the maze of garden rooms which surround the Tudor manor house at Hidcote.

A busy day, but somehow the gardens absorbed us all, giving us a taste of tranquility. I fell in love with the irises – so many, so blue, so exquisite. I crouched at the edge of a lily pond to see the fish and was rewarded with a newt.

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Winding paths, views through hedges, meandering streams. We were spellbound – not quite Midsummer, but a dream nonetheless.

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Something of that afternoon planted itself in my mind. I’m no gardener, so instead I took to my medium – stitch.

Over the summer I’ve been working away at my response to that inspiring visit – Hidcote Blues…

And now it’s just come off the frame – not yet coaxed into shape, still raw, undulating, rolling.

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But I thought you might like a sneaky peep…

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Hidcote Blues.

Hand-stitched by Ann Pawley between June and September 2014.

Wool, silk and metallics on linen scrim.