Category hand stitched

#stitchoff Lady’s Magazine Sampling

LADY’S MAGAZINE PROJECT. I was first introduced to the ‘Lady’s magazine project’ – aka the ‘Stitch-Off’ – via Twitter, of all places. A far less eloquent  version of the correspondence so prevalent between ladies of the Regency era, this social media platform nevertheless informed me of an exciting new embroidery venture underway. Chawton House Library, […]

Golden-Haired Girls

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 […]

Stitched portrait practice

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 […]

I will maintain control amidst the chaos

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 […]

Reese’s Pieces

One especially for my American audience…. Reese’s Pieces’ embroidered wrapper complete. This marks the 12th completed piece in the series and, for now, the completion of this phase of work in my visual explorations of discussing an eating disorder. Potentially another 2 designs are drawn up for their embroidered execution, but I am as yet […]

Toffee Crisp

Happy new year readers! My final embroidery of 2014 – Nestle’s chocolate bar ‘Toffee Crisp’, twisted into the far more appropriate ‘Toffee Crisis’. Eating disorder puns aside, ‘Toffee Crisis’ nearly became a very real possibility for me whilst driving to the supermarket to acquire another ‘source of inspiration’ (realistically, more chocolate). An icy roundabout totally […]

Smarties wrapper

Another painstakingly hand-embroidered, re-written pun of Nestles ‘Smarties’ chocolates. Bulimia scars the sufferer, mentally and sometimes physically, so here is my visual acknowledgement disguised – as usual – behind the multicoloured mask of something seemingly far less sinister. Slightly underwhelmed by this one. Definitely my least favourite in the series so far: Nestle ‘Smarties’ packet. The […]