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The Self Preservation Society

Recommended listening – ‘This is the Self Preservation Society’ Hand embroidered Mini Cooper logo in my trademark style of padded couched metallic thread – overall stitched area 14 x 13cms. This piece was made as a present for a car fanatic and although isn’t great art, is nevertheless a good example of how a logo […]

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 […]