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Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2019

Two excellent opportunities this week…

I was lucky enough to be able to take a quick trip to London over the weekend. It was very exciting to see my embroidery landscapes on display in London Olympia, in the National Needlecraft Awards exhibition. The artworks were in good company with the other excellent finalist entries. What a confidence boost and a real treat to see lots of other exquisite stitch-work! While I was there I browsed the huge range of stalls and treated myself to some interesting textured threads for future projects.

And on top of this, I received an email today to say my submission to become a member of the Society for Embroidered Work has been successful. The group was set up to promote stitched, contemporary art and I am delighted to gain membership.

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Shortlisted for National Needlecraft Awards!

Yesterday I found out I have two of my landscapes shortlisted for the National Needlecraft Awards 2019, to be exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London in February. Absolutely delighted! One is in the miniature category and the other for best original embroidery design.

West Mains farm, embroidery
Barley Field, a view from West Mains Farm, Morham, East Lothian
Purple landscape embroidery
Purple miniature landscape
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Folk art goldwork elephant

Here’s some folk art stitching I completed this month. I read an article on goldwork in the summer and really wanted to try it. I made up this design using bright, cheerful pinks. When I started this work my daughter had become seriously ill and then needed months of recovery care, so it has taken a long time for me to complete it. I knew that goldwork would be perfect for the decorative festival head-dress and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be using the technique again in the future as it was really fun sewing in all the gold chips.

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Isle of May

I completed this embroidery thread painting in December and was delighted to sell it the very next day. A lovely lady at Haddington Christmas Fair was very complimentary about my work and her other half sneaked back to my stall to buy it for her for Christmas!

It shows the Isle of May as seen from Dunbar cliff tops and uses fabric painting, machine embroidery and hand stitching for the detail.

Embroidery of the Isle of May

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Christmas Fair

I will be at the Pencaitland Guides’ big Christmas Craft Fair in Haddington’s Corm Exchange on 8th December.

Come along and do some Christmas shopping while supporting local artists, crafters and makers. I will be selling fabric boxes, embroidery art, coasters, notebooks, notelets and greetings cards.

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It’s summer time!

We have been treated to several weeks of warmer weather so I have been spending lots of time outdoors, taking photos of landscapes and hedgerows filled with with summer flowering willowherb, hogweed, poppies and clover to use in my next artworks. At the start of the month I visited the fabulous gardens at Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, finding botanical inspiration all around.

My last embroidery was completed in June; a springtime landscape of the Lammermuir Hills with lilac heathers and fresh greens. I was really pleased with the effect produced by the textured wool clouds rolling over the hilltops.

Green hillside embroidery landscape

My printed products have been selling very well at local outlets, especially the packs of notelets. I like to produce items that make beautiful gifts that are useful, too! Today I am picking out part of my latest spring landscape design to have it printed as notecards for my collection.

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New printed products coming soon

I’ve been quiet for a while but there is progress behind the scenes, don’t worry! I have just received a set of samples for new printed products from the excellent Dalkeith printers, Southfield Stationers. There will be new cards, notebooks and coasters in stock in my webshop very soon! Great gift items sharing a little bit of my original artwork, designed and printed in Scotland.

They feature my newest textile art designs based on a view down to St. Abbs harbour, green and ploughed fields of East Lothian and a late summer view of barley ears from West Mains farm.