Happy New year and hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 2019 is going to be a wonderful creative year, I can “feel it in my bones”!
The online store is now open for business. We have had a little tidy up over the festive season and you will find a clean new look that hopefully provides you with an easy and enjoyable shopping experience. The online store now includes three main shops:
Embroidery Shop – PDF Patterns, Materials & a new PDF Help section.
Art Shop – Miniatures and Embroidery art for sale.
Book Shop – Information on all my published books and where to buy them. New information on books in Foreign languages is available.
Following that is a Gallery and Help & Support section. The Help & Support includes FAQ, Resources, Video tutorials, and How To’s. Please feel free to browse and familiarize yourself with the new layout and if you have any questions and can’t find the answer in the FAQ section you are welcome to email me.
There are several new embroidery pieces available in the art shop. I have divided this into two sections – Embroidery and miniatures. Over the years I have stitched hundreds of embroidery designs, some of these now grace the homes of friends or loved ones but I have many others in storage and it is time that these were shared with the world. Each piece has been blocked and freshly mounted on to acid free card ready for framing/display.
The theme for 2019 is all about miniatures. As mentioned last year I hope to pursue my career as an embroidery artist and to create more complex and unique pieces in a variety of threads. Some of these are for commissions and others will be offered for sale as and when available. The holiday gave me time to play around with different concepts and try out new ideas – although not all the ideas have come to fruition it was a lot of fun testing them out. I looked to the masters such as Matisse, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and many more, and decided to try and recreate these masterpieces in a slightly more contemporary form, in miniature – each piece is approx 2.5 x 3 inches. I am still experimenting, and so this is still very much work in progress – my work space is littered with threads of every description and colour and I am in a happy place doing my thing!
Here is one example of a painting by Matisse that I completed over the holiday. I have included a photo of the original so you can see:
New Embroidery Patterns
Of course as promised I will continue to add new embroidery patterns to the PDF collection as and when time allows. If you would like to see anything in particular such as miniatures, whitework or needlepainting please leave a comment. What do you think about having some of the historical miniatures produced as patterns?
New To Embroidery
To those of you who would like to take up embroidery but are not sure where to start – there are plenty of tutorials, videos, beginner patterns and books to get you started. You can find more information on the site here.
Last but definitely not least is completion of the new book for Kew Gardens. I am working on the final stitching in the next few weeks and the manuscript is due for delivery by June 2019. The release date is uncertain but it should be before the end of this year, I will keep you posted on this.
Till next time, wherever you are in the world I hope 2019 brings peace, fulfillment and happiness. Keep smiling and stitching (preferably both at the same time!)