Stitched books

With a little mixed media and plenty of stitch, I’m very happy with these finished books. I worked the various layers across the base fabric, and didn’t define the ‘pages’ until the very end. The covers are more detailed with a title, running stitch and bullion knots.

I like them as they are but would quite like to open them out and frame them too! Choices, choices.

They will be in The Willow Gallery, Oswestry, from next week. (unframed)

If you would like to make your own Mixed media / stitched Book, join me for a workshop at The Qube, Oswestry on Wednesday, 5th July.

info@qube-oca.org.uk / 01691 656882

Stitch, create and be happy.

Garden visitors

 

Finished yesterday, this piece is definitely not bashful! With all the bursts of yellow daffodils and some handsome visitors to my garden, I definitely had a Spring time tale to tell. A wonderful excuse to use some of my most vibrant fabrics and threads for piecing and stitching these colourful characters.

And for now, back to the sewing machine to tackle the blossom that is in full bloom.

Happy Stitching.

Stitched books and blackbirds

I know Spring is in the air when the blackbirds make themselves known in and around the garden and hedgerows. I couldn’t resist their charms this year so they are featuring in a new stitched book. There is a sneak peek of the first layer below along with one I did earlier! It will be a mixed media piece and will take the form of a concertina with a little bit of running stitch to finish off.

You can join me for a workshop on Saturday, 1st April to make your own stitched book at Castle Court Quilter, Whittington, Oswestry. For further details or to book, contact myself at suzettesmart1@btinternet.com or Tel 07966983868

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Queen Anne’s lace

May must be one of my favourite months as the trees and hedgerows are dense with blossom and cow parsley. That’s why I couldn’t resist stitching this new emboidery.

An alternative name for cow parsley is Queen Anne’s lace, so it was quite fitting that a little bit of lace found it’s way in.

Borders and hedgerows workshop on Wednesday, 21st September. See dates for the diary for further details.

Happy stitching.

Open Studios

I still have a couple of pieces of work I’d like to finish, but finish or not, my door will be open as part of the BVA Open Studios for the next two weekends. 11th/12th & 18th/19th June, 2016. Group Exhibition at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry.

There will be old and new pieces on show and a little impromptu stitching too! All are welcome.

Happy, stitching days.

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Garden inspiration

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New work

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Rose Queen

 

Vintage Rose

I hold on to pieces of fabric and clothing which I know one day will find their way into or be the inspiration for a new piece of work. This current embroidery is inspired by a Rose Queen sash from 1952 and includes other vintage fabrics too.

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I hope to have it finished this next week and then it’s back to the cupboard for some more delectable treats.

Happy stitching  …

One Pin Smart

I’m known as One Pin Smart to a quilting friend of mine but all that is about to change. With shiny and straight new quilting pins purchased I’m about to begin quilting a large embroidery. (120 cams x 125 cms approx)

Here are the first stitches in the embroidery and the last in North, East, South and West.

 

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With the preparation done and the quilting about to start, I know this is going to be a challenge, but nothing is gained from ever standing still.

Happy quilting days …

Open Studio in Hindford

With three weeks to go until BVA Open Studios, everything is starting to fit into place. I shall have various pieces of sewing on the go so if you would like a “little how to” demonstration please feel free to ask.

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For those of you who may wish to visit, more information and maps can be downloaded from the BVA website or picked up at The Willow Gallery and Library, Oswestry and participating studios.

http://www.BorderlandVisualArts.com

wish you were here

Sunny, happy open studios

BVA Open Studios 2015

Along with other BVA artists, I will be opening my studio on the 13th/14th & the 20th/21st June, 2015. There will be artists workshops, demonstrations and a group exhibition at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry, throughout the month.

In my own studio you will find framed/unframed pictures, mixed media pieces, stitched birds, cups and saucers. Free machine embroidery demonstrations on both Saturdays and Sundays on request.

A very busy time but deadlines are always good for creativity!

Stitch, create and be happy …

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