Whitby Museum

I’m on the final push in the studio getting my pieces ready for Whitby Museum which need to be delivered at the end of July. It’s been a hectic couple of months, fitting in studio sessions around my busy teaching schedule.

This week has been a particular struggle as I have a shoulder injury which limits my movement and ability to hold an embroidery hoop. There’s been lots of trips to hospital and the doctor to try and resolve the problem but lets not focus on that!

I’d forgotten what  it’s like to just be at home in the studio, watching murder mysteries and stitching by hand an machine, it almost feels self indulgent!

My studio boards are full of diagrams and notes for the exhibition which launches in September. I’ve booked in time with my photographer and started planning the framing with the brilliant Artco in Leeds.

There’s so much to do when you’re working on a large-scale project so admin has been an evening task when I’m too tired to stitch!

My work includes hand and machine stitch which tells the story of my life through objects from Whitby Museum and it’s amazing collection. This week I’m working on the pieces inspired by the narwhal skeleton, the historic samplers and portraiture.

Rust Dyeing
Rust Dyeing

I’ve been rust dyeing vintage linen fabrics for my narwhal bones with varying degrees of success. These rusted metal fragments from Whitby’s West Pier didn’t go according to plan.

Henry Freeman Portrait
Henry Freeman Portrait

I’ve had much more success with my portraiture, here is my Henry Freeman portrait inspired by my Grandma and her fascination with this portrait by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.

Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Hoop

A new challenge has been working with a larger hoop that needs the fabric stitching to it then turning to create tension. I’m working in to a large piece of vintage embroidered fabric to create a new piece for the exhibition inspired by my grandma.

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