Attempt number three at an embroidered face: blonde bombshell. I wanted to try combining goldwork and silk shading in one portrait, and since I don’t possess any brown metallic passing thread to couch down, my standard brunette model became blonde. (as before, total height 7cms.) Just like the previous attempt, her hair is padded up […]


My most recent embroidered exploits have been attempting the question of how to portray a ‘reasonably realistic’ face in hand embroidery. Partly inspired by the medieval ecclesiastical subject matter of ‘Opus Anglicanum’, I have been experimenting with my own contemporary interpretations. It seems strange I have never attempted a face before and I felt compelled […]


Similar to my previous post – ‘the conformity of counted cross stitch’ – I went a little bit overboard with the counted cross stitch. This time I tried to see how small I could go. It truly does speak of obsession. ‘I will maintain control amidst the chaos’ pertains not only to the sentiment of […]


(This was written on a ‘bad day’ of mine, a stitch session equivalent to ‘writers’ block’ where I could not seem to place a single stitch correctly in the complicated goldwork piece I was working on. ) Cross stitch in red on 32-ct eavenweave (worked over one hole – finished stitched area 9 x 6cm). […]


Just before the excitement of setting up my show at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, I made time to go and see the breathtakingly spectacular show ‘For worship and glory: A unique exhibition of Ecclesiastical Embroidery’ at Ely Cathedral, curated by the Royal School of Needlework. In case you hadn’t realised by now, Goldwork […]


What a whirlwind of a week it’s been here – I’m just back home from London Olympia and the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2015. I had the pleasure to exhibit alongside ‘Mr X Stitch’, the first time I’ve exhibited since graduation, and the wonderful experience of teaching dozens of visitors their first cross stitch. […]


Whilst appearing to the casual observer as intricate, highly accurately embroidered renditions of popular confectionery logos, this series hides a darker secret. Subtly subverting the messages of many a recognisable chocolate brand, my stitch skills combine with darkly humorous puns to comment on the emotional impact of an eating disorder. What is fundamentally a destructive […]


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