One of my favourite things to work on in the studio is a stitchscape, they are really easy to pick up and put down. Because I almost exclusively use hand stitching, they are portable too which is great when I have time between meetings and workshops.
My style has evolved over the years but I still use the same principles in each piece that I create. I love to use different colours, patterns and textures of fabric in my work. It also allows me to use scraps of fabric and offcuts given to me by friends who make their own clothes. I wrote an article for Green Heart Collective about visible mending and how I use preloved textiles in my work. You can read the article here.
A stitchscape starts with a photograph, this could be one I’ve taken on a walk or a painting by my friend Miriam Laville. I select fabrics that work with the colour palette of the image, sometimes I exaggerate these colours like bold pinks and turquoises that hide in shrubs and trees.
I love to use DMC Cotton Perle threads in my work, the colours and different weights of thread really stand out and work well with my style of embroidery.
I’ll be running a stitchscapes class in my Scarborough studio on Sunday 9 October from 10am to 2pm. In this four hour workshop you will learn how to create your own stitchscape using a variety of fabrics. All materials and equipment are included and you can book your ticket here.