- Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
- I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and Tin Hut Textiles. I am a Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at ArtVanGo and at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
'Fragmentation' was the theme of the Contemporary Quilt challenge for 2020.
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
As our Creative Stitch Graduate Show had to be postponed from the summer of 2020 until next year we have created a series of Virtual Gallery videos (one for each class of students) to showcase their work.
This video is work by the Creative Stitched Textiles class who met at The Cosy Cabin in Risby.
Creative Stitch now have their own dedicated YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDS5NcLuA_PRNdvcpn-9Uqg where you can find all of the class galleries
This piece is inspired by my research into the weaving industry. Velvet is woven over thin sharp wires and the nap cut after being woven. My stitched version uses satin stitch to create the texture.
Picking up the threads is 6" wide and 160" long and forms one long continuous loop (like the belts on a loom)
The texture is created by a very wide and dense satin stitch.
This techniques uses a LOT of thread. 47 reels of standard Guttermann thread. That is 4700 metres in total.
The reverse is not as interesting but is designed to be seen. The whole piece will be displayed on a series of recycled bobbins from old looms from Vanners in Sudbury.
'Picking up the Threads' will be exhibited as part of the Out of the Fold exhibition to be held at The Guildhall in Bury St Edmunds in May 2021
Tuesday, 28 April 2020
We still hope to hold the exhibition later in 2020 or Spring 2021. So I will not show my whole piece but here is just a tiny section. The idea behind the work is a base layer stitched with the plan of the original Abbey and grounds as it was before dissolution (taken from a historic document) with an overlay of the same area as it is now (taken from Google Earth).
|Bury Abbey (detail)|
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
I teach this as a workshop - either as a one day to make the panel or a two-day when we add stitch
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
|Drawn by a Thread - luminous lumiere|
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Of course hardly anyone does but every now and again, sometimes years later, someone contacts me to show their work and it really makes my day. Here is a snapshot of those received recently.
|Scrap stash reversible by Julie Jordan|
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Friday, 17 January 2020
|Drawn by a thread experiment (lumiere)|
Next stage is to add stitch using coloured threads.
But I have ruined the one coloured with markal. The markal has not offered as much resist and the colours have been almost entirely overwhelmed by the dark brown/red dye. Disappointed. But that is why we experiment and sample.
|Drawn by a thread experiment (markal)|
Next step - go back and add more colour on top
Tuesday, 14 January 2020
|Step one: stitched and washed|
Friday, 10 January 2020
|Drawn by a thread (detail)|
Just finished a new piece of work for the “Drawing Threads” exhibition by Out Of The Fold http://outofthefoldtextilegroup.blogspot.com/ which will be shown at The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds in May 2020
This is a small corner to tempt you along to the exhibition to see the whole thing.
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
|Picking up the Threads (detail)|
But I missed the deadline!
However I finished it and it will be exhibited as part of the Out Of The Fold exhibition at The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds from 20th - 24th May 2020
|Picking up the Threads 2019 (detail)|
It is about four metres long and used four thousand (yes, thousand) metres of 40 different coloured threads.
Here is a glimpse of part of the piece. To see the whole work come along to the exhibition in May.