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…

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…

Discover Ali Mesley…

I’m always intrigued by the way artists express themselves through a variety of media. Today I wanted to show you the work of Ali Mesley, who is also exhibiting at our Discover Original Art Fair in November.

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Ali is a visual artist, inspired by colour, texture, line and form, who expresses her thoughts and feelings through a whole range of techniques and materials, including textiles, glass, papier-mache and found objects.

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Her work is process driven, with all sorts of things inspiring her to create.

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Most recently, she’s been exploring her responses to books and colour families.

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You can see more of Ali’s work at her website, and if you’re near Ivinghoe on 29th or 30th November, come along and meet the artist herself.

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Discover…

I am absolutely delighted to be part of the forthcoming Discover Original Art Fair.

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If you’re anywhere near Ivinghoe in November, please do come along. There’s some seriously fabulous talent in the group and who knows, you might even find the perfect Christmas gift is just waiting for you there…

Dates for your diary…

Well it’s official, we’re off to Ivinghoe again with a fabulous selection of original art for sale, just in time for Christmas. If you’re in the area, please come and join us at the Ivinghoe Community Hub on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2014, between 10.00am and 3.00pm on both days.

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Eight talented local artists will be there with a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, gorgeous original prints, amazing creations in polymer clay, glass, textiles and even some new stitched tapestry items from yours truly.

The CuriosiTEA cafe will be keeping us all in the Christmas spirit with hot tea and cakes – I’m hoping for mince-pies…

I’ll let you know more about the various artists involved between now and November, but as things get hectic leading up to Christmas, do please save the date now if you’re going to be in the area.