A little Gallery of my embroideries, all originally designed by me and sewn by hand to give a fresh, naive, charming quality. I use all types of linen as the base for the embroideries. The finer modern linens give a professional style finish to the piece, while the vintage linens and grain cloths are softer and give the project a gentler, sort of faded grandeur. Sometimes I add hand or machine appliqué and mix these with my favourite faded florals from Cabbages & Roses, Caroline Zoob, Kate Forman, as well as from my stash of vintage fabrics, which I have collected over the years.
The bird below is a naive bird shape sewn in blues and greys onto slubby vintage linen
Fabric appliqué onto natural fine linen. Stitching, pictures and ‘writing’ embroidered by hand. The sun is made with a chain stitch.
I made this embroidery into a cushion filled with feathers. The blossoms are sewn as French and colonial knots. The trunk and branches are either stem stitch or back stitch and I ‘write’ the words freehand in a simple back stitch
I usually use two strands of embroidery silk and keep the stitching simple. I used a fern stitch and back stitch