Saturday, 23 June 2012

Back to my Arty Roots

I recently heard my much loved and first  textiles and embroidery tutor talking about my work and heard her say that she didn't think I did much hand stitching these days. Well I do have a needle in my hand most days, but what she meant was that I used to do work that was so stitched that the work was all about the stitching and the layers of texture and colour that it gave to the pieces.

Well, it made me yearn a bit for some of that stuff that I seem to be too busy to do these days. It made me abandon all the housework once again and I spent every spare moment of a whole week working on this!

It is based on the study of Lichen in the landscape; on branches and old walls. The textures and colours of moss and lichen, when you look closely at them, are so surprising and beautiful that I have been known to stop in my tracks and stare. Trying to absorb and remember them for capturing in stitch or in some arty adventure.

Below are some closer details that show the stitchery a bit more clearly. You can also see the colours of the gorgeous space dyed silk and wool threads and the hand dyed silk laps that give it even more dimension.

You can also see the stitches. There are just about 5 different stitches in this piece but when they are used with a variety of different thickness of thread and in all kinds of scale they are enough to give amazing texture.

My learners seem to be craving hand stitching more and more these days. I have had to alter some of my lesson plans to include whole sessions that are devoted to just learning and playing with stitch. Yay! Welcome back stitchery! I have missed you and will be doing more soon!


  1. This is yummy The colours and well everything is just great

  2. Paula, this is absolutely sublime!!! As are your felt pieces I just looked at on your other site. So lovely to meet you at the Craft Barn!!! x

  3. Thank you Netti for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. I loved meeting you. Didn't we have a really fab time! Your work on your blog is wonderful as I knew it would be. x

  4. Paula, this is fantastic, just love the stitching and colours. just my sort of work.

  5. The colours and well everything is just great, Really great post Funeral Flowers UK

  6. oh... lovely textures.. makes me want to touch these !

    I bought a book about stitches a while ago cause I didn't really learn to hand stitch as a child.I used it when we did the fabric books. We should do something like that again so it challenge me to try out more...

    Last post to read for today... I must go shopping and make a dessert for the participants of my workshop this afternoon ! If I keep reading, nothing gets done in time !
    Oh, just too less time in life to do it all !
    greetings from belgium