It’s a big weekend for shoppers and so over on Instagram @heidiingramtextileart I have been promoting Justacard’s #indieweek and their campaign to encourage people to support small businesses, artists, designers and makers this Christmas.
So why not avoid the frenzy of Black Friday sales and instead wander along to some Christmas fairs, visit local independent shops or shop online from designers and makers to find some unique and original gifts. Cards, coasters, notebooks and notelets are available in my shop, too.
I am excited to be part of the Society for Embroidered Work’s first exhibition and my selected embroideries are now winging their way to London. The exhibition is at the Clerkenwell Gallery from 12th-17th November.
It will include artworks by: Cat Frampton, Emily Tull, Lou Baker, Edith Barton, Vivienne Beaumont, Rachel Brown, Rebecca Bruton, Stacey Chapman, Nancy Cole, Deborah Cooper, Claire Cooper-Walsh, Elizabeth Griffiths, Dr Jessica Grimm, Sarah Gwyer, Amanda Hartland, Catherine Hicks, Jacqueline Hockley, Sue Hotchkis, Sarah J Hull, Aran Illingworth, Heidi Ingram, Linda Izan, Anne Kelly, Angela Knapp, Rowena Liley, Anna Liversidge, Marna Lunt, Christina MacDonald, Reena Makwana, Niki McDonald, Ellen Moon, Claire Mort, Lydia Needle, Sue Nicholls, Julia O’Connell, Vicky O’Leary, Frances Palgrave, Sharon Peoples, Yvette Phillips, Imogen Rhodes-Davies, Christine Rollitt, Holly Searle, Arlene Shawcross, Jo Smith, Sue Spence, Bridget Steel-Jessop, Sue Stone, Dionne Swift, Annie Taylor, Olga Teksheva, Kate Tume, Lilach Tzudkevich, Alison Wake, Maria Walker, Helen Walsh, Joan West, Alison Whateley and Holly Yates.
This week I found out that two of my miniature landscapes have been selected for an exhibition organised by the Society for Embroidered Work in London, 12-17th November 2019. This is the first time SEW has held an exhibition and they will be using it to showcase the huge variety of stitched contemporary art being produced today, showing that “Stitched Art is Art”. A chance to see many stitch artists coming together to show and sell their work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.