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Stitchery Stories

Stitchery Stories... Where textile artists share their life in fabric and thread. Embroidery. Textile Art. Inspiration, Techniques, Disasters and Delights.Join embroidery enthusiast and textile art dabbler, Susan Weeks, in her friendly weekly chats with UK textile artists. Discover how they got started. Share the lessons learned along the way. Get excited about what they are working on at the moment. Learn how they keep their business growing, their creativity flowing, and get a sneak peek into what is coming next...

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Jayne Emerson: Textile Designer, Author & Tutor

Jayne Emerson: Textile Designer, Author & Tutor Today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery and textile art podcast, Jayne Emerson shares her life in fabric & thread. Jayne is a textile designer, as well as the author of 6 books and a tutor in a range of textile related techniques. Her skills range from couture to crafts. Susan Weeks chats with Jayne about: Working within the secretive fashion world Starting to include elements of her fabric design samples & techniques into workshops The positive affirmations & excitement of Banner Making Embrace techniques and let fabric 'do it's thing' Following her heart and studying textiles NOT history You don't have to be good at drawing to be creative Getting lost in Pinterest & Instagram Using mood boards to find yourself and discover your style What is a weave agent? Developing 'Fabric Recipes' Is the back more exciting than the front? Don't worry... the TV crew will do your hair and makeup Is our fabric stash (thread stash) too nice to use? Is a turning point coming up for Jayne? Work in the way that brings you Joy and much more... For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Jayne's  work at https://stitcherystories.com/jayneemerson Follow the Stitchery Stories Instagram channel at: https://www.instagram.com/stitcherystories_podcast/ Visit: https://jayneemerson.co.uk/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/jayneemersontextiles Like: https://www.facebook.com/jayneemersontextiledesign Tweet: https://twitter.com/@jayneemerson Pin: https://uk.pinterest.com/jayneemerson/ Visit: New Brewery Arts - Cirencester https://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/ Visit: The Hand Made Fair Hampton Court Sewing & Textiles, Janome Sewing Masterclass https://www.thehandmadefair.com/hampton-court/

36mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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SFSNAD: San Francisco School Of Needlework And Design

SFSNAD: San Francisco School Of Needlework And Design Today on the Stitchery Stories podcast, the co-founders of SFSNAD, Ellice Sperber and Lucy Barter share their story of turning their chats into dreams and their dreams into reality as they established their embroidery school in San Francisco. Susan Weeks chats with Ellice & Lucy about: Getting worldwide participation in their Stitch At Home challenges Collaborating with brands The heartwarming stories that often accompany challenge submissions The power of attraction of a giant denim Peace sign What started their journey to setting up SFSNAD Building community near and far Establishing a large, varied and growing Reference Library Drooling over embroidery from around the world Not everyone is gifted with the ability to teach The importance of having support when making strategic business decisions Developing their signature Comprehensive Studies Program Learning to audit ourselves when designing courses and training For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of artist's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/SFSNAD Visit: https://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/ Like: https://www.facebook.com/sanfranciscoschoolofneedleworkanddesign/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/sfsnad/ Email: info@sfsnad.org

39mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Laura Bray: Embroidery Artist & Creative Business Owner

Today on the Stitchery Stories podcast, Laura Bray shares her life in fabric & thread. Laura has run her own business for many years, firstly as a business consultant, and currently enjoying her creative business built around embroidery, fabric and crafts. Laura shares plenty of great stories around her embroidery and creative business, and 'cos Sue loves all things online digital marketing, we also had a good chat about social media, Pinterest and managing our creative time. Laura has a couple of very interesting projects on the go too - come and have a listen to discover more about them! Susan Weeks chats with Laura about: Making new connections through stitching Social Media Detox Building a creative business Using Pinterest in a strategic way Investing time into blogging & newsletters Who loves French Knots? Why is Laura going to her local seed library? Does everything have to be for sale Increasing creativity & beating procrastination and so much more. For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Laura's  work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/laurabray Visit: http://laurabraydesigns.com/ Pin: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/laurabraydesigns/ Watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/millbray Like: https://www.facebook.com/laurabraydesigns/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/laurakbray

37mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Jen Goodwin: Traditionally Trained Artisan Embroiderer

Jen Goodwin: Traditionally Trained Artisan Embroiderer & RSN Tutor Jen Goodwin is our guest today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast. Jen shares her very interesting story as she has developed her embroidery skills, including being a Royal School of Needlework Tutor & Assessor. Jen has a studio based at Walford Mill crafts, Wimbourne, Dorset and shares some great insights into the value of having other creative makers and specialists working in the same location, in different disciplines. She also shares aspects of the book she is working on! Susan Weeks chats with Jen: Writing a Blackwork book Designing modern blackwork When sewing is more of a 'proper job' than maths or science! Teaching & assessing at the Royal School of Needlework Being inspired by other onsite makers at Walford Mill The many benefits of working in a supportive creative environment The technical elements of blackwork shading Her love of 'fiddly' goldwork The challenge of colours and texture when silk shading Enjoyment in showing that pieces can have a modern twist to them yet be technically accurate traditional techniques The joys of educating people about embroidery techniques and what can be achieved with fabric & thread Thinking 'I wonder what will happen if...' Things DO go wrong, and unpicking is very human and very normal Only you know what it is supposed to look like Be confident in what you have created... No Backstories! Don't fret over those UFO's or feel guilty if you actually start working on one again :-) For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Photographs at https://www.stitcherystories.com/jengoodwin Follow the Stitchery Stories Instagram channel at: https://www.instagram.com/stitcherystories_podcast/ Visit: http://www.jengoodwinembroidery.com/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/jagembroidery Like: https://www.facebook.com/jengoodwinembroidery

41mins

23 May 2018

Rank #4

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Tina Francis: Tapestry, Needlepoint, Canvaswork: Embroidery using wool & canvas

Today on the Stitchery Stories podcast, Tina Francis Shares Her Life In Fabric & Thread. Based in Birmingham, Tina chats with Susan Weeks about creating her 2nd career based around her love of tapestry, bringing bargello back, and working on community stitch projects that bring people together. Susan chats with Tina about: Is it tapestry, needlepoint or canvaswork? Bringing bargello back Using stitch to cope with grief and bereavement Protest with textile art Building a portfolio creative career Micro Business Matters day Producing tapestry kits Use Up Your Stash The delights of Community Stitch projects Extending your artwork and so much more. For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Tina's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/tinafrancis Visit: http://tinafrancis.co.uk Like: https://www.facebook.com/TinaFrancisTapestry/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/tinafrancistapestry Blog: http://tinafrancisgallery.blogspot.com/ Shop: http://www.tina-francis-tapestry.co.uk/shop/ Micro Biz Matters Day 11 Jan 2019 https://microbizmatters.co.uk/

39mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Tracy A Franklin: Specialist Freelance Embroiderer & Durham Cathedral Head Broderer

Today on the Stitchery Stories podcast, Tracy A Franklin Shares Her Life In Fabric & Thread. She chats with Susan Weeks about the different facets of her professional hand embroidery career in particular her role as Head Broderer at Durham Cathedral and her busy tuition and teaching business. Susan chats with Tracy about: How she started her embroidery career Her career at the Royal School of Needlework Building her own embroidery tuition business Having a studio in the centre of Historic Durham Groups, friendships & long term courses The importance of learning new ideas Changes within the City & Guilds certifications For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Tracy's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/traceyafranklin Visit: http://www.tracyafranklin.com Visit: http://www.stitchbusiness.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tracy.A.Franklin.Embroiderer.page/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracy_franklin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracyafranklin/ Durham Cathedral Cope project: http://www.durhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/14295922.Can_Cathedral_broderers_Cope_with_robe_challenge_/

36mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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Karen Ruane: Contemporary Hand Embroidery & Connections With Cloth

Karen Ruane: Contemporary Hand Embroidery & Connections With Cloth Karen Ruane is our guest today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast. Karen shares her life as a contemporary hand embroidery artist who specialises in teaching and building supportive communities via online embroidery courses. Listen as Karen shares her embroidery journey from Cross Stitch, through leisure classes and onto a degree when her children had flown the nest. Karen's main focus is teaching through her online embroidery courses, as well as some limited workshops in London. A key element of her online embroidery classes is the duration and levels of personal interaction, which helps build a very engaged and supportive online community with her students. Susan Weeks chats with Karen about: Artists Books created to store, display and protect small embroidery samples The challenge of keeping up with your students when running longer term workshops The logistics of running online embroidery workshops Building strong community support in an online group Making friends for life online AND meeting up In Real Life From one Cross Stitch kit... Look at what's happened! In-depth research into the role of the family and motherhood and the relationship with cloth Using her embroidery as a way of staying connected with her grandmas and kids Being inspired by her students and feeling connected to them through embroidery Loving hand embroidery and embellishments How many wraps of the needle to make a bullion knot??? The temptation to hide mistakes and the pressure to be perfect on social media The value of showing mistakes as part of the online embroidery courses so students gain valuable learning Allowing your personality to shine through video and students having the feeling of being in the room too, in that moment. The massive elephant in the room.... The self imposed pressure of feeding your blog on a daily basis For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Photographs at https://www.stitcherystories.com/karenruane Follow the Stitchery Stories Instagram channel at: https://www.instagram.com/stitcherystories_podcast/ Visit: http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/karenruane/ Like: https://www.facebook.com/karenruaneembroidery/ Learn: http:http://karenruane.bigcartel.com/product/create-and-embellish Learn: http://karenruane.bigcartel.com/product/artist-books-2-month-subscription

40mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Cas Holmes: Textile Artist & Tutor: Found-Stitch-Paint

Cas Holmes: Textile Artist & Tutor: Found-Stitch-Paint Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Cas Holmes shares her life in fabric & thread. She chats with Susan Weeks about her textile art work which is summed up in her own words as being Found-Stitch-Paint. Using those key elements of found materials, stitch and paint, Cas explores the connections between land, place and environment through pieces for exhibition, her tutoring and her books. Susan chats with Cas about: A lifelong interest in taking things apart and re-creating them That dreaded school cross-stitch project Paper and fabric as similar and interchangeable materials Open your eyes to your surroundings Deconstruction and layering Wonder how we got onto Star Trek, fairground organs, and creativity vs linear thinking Mastering your craft so it looks effortless and simple for the observer The experience of writing books and encouraging people to create their own 'Stitch Stories' The Pride Of India Award Yes - you ARE good enough! Using limited equipment and our hands, eyes and minds For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Cas's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/casholmes Visit: http://www.casholmes.co.uk Blog: http://www.casholmes.blogspot.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casholmes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casholmestextiles During our chat Cas also mentioned: Magdelena Abakanowicz https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/apr/24/magdalena-abakanowicz-obituary Fibre Arts Australia: http://www.fibrearts.jigsy.com/ West Dean College: https://www.westdean.org.uk/ https://embroiderersguild.com/index.php?page_no=894#

39mins

27 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Clare Hunter: Banner Maker Writing The Threads Of Life

Clare Hunter shares her life in fabric & thread on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast. Clare has run her own business for many years, with a strong emphasis on community textile art projects, and banner making. Clare is also the author of new book 'Threads of Life : A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle.' This book takes a fascinating and powerful look at how sewing and embroidery have been used throughout history to enable forgotten people, in difficult circumstances, to tell their stories. Susan Weeks chats with Clare about: The ideas behind her book Encouraging all members of society to pick up a needle Banner making for Processions 2018 Stories around memories represented by cloth: 'Material Matters' Working with large banners Learning academic historical research techniques Are UFO's tasty? Creative writing vs creative textile art Mary Queen Of Scots and so much more. For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Clare's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/clarehunter Visit: http://www.sewingmatters.co.uk/ Like: https://www.facebook.com/sewingmatters/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/sewingmatters Read: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473687943 Other episodes & guests mentioned: Processions 2018 Hattie McGill

36mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Susie Martin: Mixed Media Artist Creating Textile Art

Mixed Media Artist Susie Martin Shares Her Life In Fabric & Thread in this episode of the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast. Susan Weeks chats with Susie about: Dissolving Margins & Crumbling Cliffs Learning skills by making clothes for Barbie dolls Enjoying being an active member of The Embroiderer's Guild Exploring variations in colour, stitch and threads Burning and melting for surprising results Helping curate a major exhibition Being a member of Textilia3 For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Susie's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/susiemartin Visit www.facebook.com/SusieStitchings Email: susiestitchings@gmail.com and to follow the antics of the Textilia3 group of textile artists http://www.textilia3.blogspot.co.uk

41mins

21 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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Bridget Bernadette Karn: Artist Using Wool To Make Felt Pictures

Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Bridget Bernadette Karn Shares Her Life In Wool & Felt. She chats with Susan Weeks about discovering wet felting and creating a business based around that newly discovered love, leading to being selected for the Royal Academy Of Arts Summer Exhibition. Susan chats with Bernadette about: Discovering wet felting at her craft club Seeing the potential to create a business The power of video for generating interest, leads & customers Building a lifestyle business Valuing quality of life The pressure to have a 'proper' job Developing our creative skills Pre-felt, dry felt, needle felt and adding the details Gaining acceptance & understanding Creating an online course For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Bridget's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/bridgetbernadettekarn Visit: https://www.bridgetbernadettekarn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyGallerySPACE Artist In Residence Boston Spa Arts Festival: http://www.bostonspaartsfestival.co.uk/

37mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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CarolAnn J Allan: Loving Shibori and Slow Stitch

This week CarolAnn J Allan is our lovely guest on Stitchery Stories textile art podcast. CarolAnn loves slow stitching, taking the time to enjoy the process, and she particularly loves shibori and indigo dyeing. We chat about her interesting journey into being a textile artist, and the community arts projects that she loves to support. Although CarolAnn was one of my guests for the live recording of Stitchery Stories, I wanted to chat with CarolAnn on her own, and we covered lots of new stuff. Susan Weeks chats with CarolAnn about: Getting excited to try a new technique, Bojagi The delights of slow stitch and creating pieces inspired by traditional embroidery stitches Making time to follow our own dreams despite supporting family members young and old The magic of shibori and waiting to see how it has turned out Inspiring artists and community groups Creativity to generate confidence and friendship The importance of ongoing personal development Giving ourselves time and space to explore techniques and ideas And so much more! Sue has had a brainwave and invites you to contribute to the 2019 year end episode. She explains all at around the 23 minute point. Contributions by Monday 16th December 2019 please. For this episode... and to see images of CarolAnn's work, then go visit https://www.stitcherystories.com/carolannjallan Visit: https://www.carolannjallan.com/ Like: https://www.facebook.com/CarolAnnJAllan/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/carolannjallan/ Other artists and places also mentioned: Sara Cook and Bojagi https://bojagiuk.com/ Dionne Swift https://www.stitcherystories.com/dionneswift/ Sunny Bank Mills https://sunnybankmills.co.uk/ Junko Oki https://www.junkooki.com/ Fiona Wilson https://www.facebook.com/fionawilsonstudio/

39mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Anne Brooke: From Sketchbooks To Mixed Media Stitched Collage

Anne Brooke: From Sketchbooks To Mixed Media Stitched Collage Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Anne Brooke shares her techniques and inspiration behind her stitched multimedia collages. A key feature of her work is to stitch onto paper, although she is now venturing into using fabrics, particularly vintage embroidered pieces. Her work is inspired by journeys - her walks and travels, as well as the life journeys undertaken by the vintage fabrics she uses and the work when it leaves her hands. She is also a master 'juggler' - she still works 4 days a week as an art teacher at her local secondary school, as well as developing her practice, making pieces for sale and leading workshops too. Phew! Susan Weeks chats ( and laughs) with Anne about: New excitement around using vintage fabrics & making woodcut blocks Developing a serious workshop habit whilst trying to find her 'thing' Her fortuitous start to creating her textile art career The importance of 'just playing' to develop skills and ideas Pinterest... and losing hours of your life! Going on walks, taking photos, reflecting on journeys Anne's sketchbook habit, and how she uses them Hint: take your sketchbooks to workshops with you! Hand dyeing threads Where is Harold going next we wonder? UFO's, PHD's and PIGS The joy of spending 'crafty' time with her teenage daughters For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Photographs at http://www.stitcherystories.com/annebrooke Visit: http://www.annebrooke.co.uk/ Like: https://www.facebook.com/hannemade Look: https://www.instagram.com/hannemadebyanne Tweet: https://twitter.com/hannemade

37mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Tori Riley: Batik Inspiration

Passionate about Batik, Tori Riley is the guest today on the Stitchery Stories podcast. Tori shares her story of being inspired by Batik as a young child living in Java, and how her love of it has led her to running workshops and talks, whilst being a busy mum of four! Susan Weeks chats with Tori about: Who else wanted a colouring job when they grew up? an inspiring gap year absorbing the Indonesian culture and drawing influences from a childhood spent living in several places around the world combining batik and embroidery making it easy to started with an idea in a workshop how to do batik the challenge of marking out your design for batik labelling our work so future generations know more about it what equipment is needed for batik making how to apply the wax what type of dye to use for batik how do you get the wax out afterwards when developing some film created performance art And so much more! For this episode: View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Tori's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/toririley Like: https://www.facebook.com/Batik-Inspiration-720549448141697/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/batikinspirationuk/ Email: victoria.art.riley@gmail.com Call: 07455 885 797 Other artists episodes you might like: Diane Gaffney from Textile Traders, who also loves Batik! https://www.stitcherystories.com/dianegaffney/

40mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Sara Dennis: RSN Qualified Hand Embroidery Tutor

Sara Dennis: RSN Qualified Hand Embroidery Tutor Sara Dennis is our guest today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast. Sara shares her interesting story of training to be a nurse, joining the Army and travelling the world with her husband. Discover how she took the opportunity to study at The Royal School of Needlework and launch her second career as a hand embroidery tutor. Her current exhibition 'An Apprentice's Journey' features her work whilst studying with the RSN. Listen as Sara shares different ways in which her love of embroidery and museum curation, combined with her military background, has manifest itself in her new career. Susan Weeks chats with Sara about: Her early art ambitions were thwarted by the Art teacher's wig... Her delight at teaching in Williamsberg, USA with the RSN Going to University later in life - and loving learning again Her path to the RSN's Future Tutor course Insight into training at the Royal School of Needlework The challenges of growing a teaching business Using locally produced Herdwick wool in her Goldwork pieces The highlight curating her own solo exhibition at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh 'An Apprentice's Journey' Supporting Combat Stress & SSAFA Hand embroidery helping service men and women suffering PTSD Silk Shading - a simple stitch, a very tricky technique And as for 'Both Sides Alike'.... Is it cheating to include your Grandma's UFO? The amazing textiles in Military museums For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Photographs at https://www.stitcherystories.com/saradennis Follow the Stitchery Stories Instagram channel at: https://www.instagram.com/stitcherystories_podcast/ Visit: https://saradennisembroidery.co.uk/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/saradennisembroidery Like: https://www.facebook.com/saradennisembroidery Email: hello@saradennisembroidery.co.uk Other organisations mentioned: Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria http://www.farfieldmill.org/ Cable & Blake https://www.cableandblake.co.uk/ Combat Stress https://www.combatstress.org.uk/ SSAFA https://www.ssafa.org.uk/ Other episodes with some related themes: Dionne Swift - Military Wives project Iona Barker - Free Hand Sewing classes to promote mental wellbeing Yvonne Fuchs - slow stitch to promote mental wellbeing Ami James - textile art changed her life Alison Larkin - 'both sides alike' embroidery

35mins

9 May 2018

Rank #15

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Eva Kitok: Textile artist making the most of spare minutes

Eva Kitok lives in the north of Sweden and has organised her life and career so she can make the most of her time and spend as much time as possible doing embroidery and creating textile art. She loves to embroider whilst watching TV on long winter evenings and also whilst cooking! Susan Weeks chats with Eva about: Music and embroidery The challenges of embroidering The Cure album covers Creating applique portraits A new enthusiasm for traditional Swedish wool embroidery Don't be bored. Plan embroidery in your head instead! Being an enthusiastic teenage embroidery fan Pinterest & Instagram - the gateway drugs for creativity Can embroidery yet again solve a mid-life crisis? Going to classes or experimenting yourself? Enjoying success at prestigious art shows Keeping success private from work colleagues The trials of embroidering Michael Jackson Hmmmmm the evolution of politicians Making the most of all of those 'spare' minutes The excitement of holding her first solo exhibitions For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Eva's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/evakitok Visit: https://www.evakitok.com/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/kitokeva/ Email: evakitok@gmail.com Other Episodes You might like to listen to: More music themed textile art: https://www.stitcherystories.com/janesanders/ 2019 Listener Highlights: https://www.stitcherystories.com/2019highlights/

39mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Fran Brammer: Inspired By Beautiful Yorkshire Landscapes

Fran Brammer: Inspired By Beautiful Yorkshire Landscapes SS016 Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Fran Brammer Shares Her Life In Fabric & Thread. She chats with Susan Weeks about her creative journey and her desire to combine her love of hill walking, landscapes, costume and art. Susan chats with Fran about: Being inspired by the Yorkshire landscapes that she enjoys hiking through Her new adventure with garments, text, and landscape - exploring common elements The excitement of 'Feed Dogs' Finding & generating textures The creative arguments she has with her textile artwork Weathering her work to provide another layer of unpredictability Depth of colour in landscapes provided by contrasting and unusual colours The story of the art, the wind, and the rosebush... Being proactive in developing opportunities in her textile art practice Establishing her 'Stitchiness' Facebook Group For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Fran's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/franbrammer Visit: https://sites.google.com/site/franbrammer/ Blog: http://franbramm.wordpress.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/frantextiles Email: franbramm@gmail.com Viking Loom embroidery supplies shop: http://www.vikingloom.co.uk/ And I thought I would share with you how beautiful the Yorkshire landscape is - of course I am biased since I am  Yorkshire gal! But I know we have listeners across the globe so I hope you enjoy the landscape too. Yorkshire Wolds: http://www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/yorkshire-wolds/ North Yorkshire Moors http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/ Yorkshire Dales: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/

36mins

8 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Lianne Van Leyen : Creating cross stitch patterns from antique schoolgirl samplers

Lianne Van Leyen is the guest today on the Stitchery Stories podcast, where she shares how she re-creates antique schoolgirl samplers into patterns for the modern cross stitch enthusiast. Lianne is the founder of 1897 Schoolhouse Samplers and is an avid collector of antique schoolgirl samplers. After many years of dreaming and planning, she escaped her corporate career and landed her dream job as a historic cook and historical domestic interpreter at the Upper Canada Village living history museum, located in Eastern Ontario, Canada. This also gave her the opportunity to focus on launching her business: 1897 Schoolhouse Samplers. Susan Weeks chats with Lianne about: Taking 10 to 15 years to move from "I think I can do this" to "I know I can do this" to "I am doing it!" Decisions around how to scale, at a relevant price point, at desired quality level Learning to let go of what we thought would work Getting out of our own way Using PCStitch to map out cross stitch antique sampler patterns The challenges and processes involved in interpreting antique schoolgirl samplers A growing collection of antique schoolgirl samplers How did the sampler collection start? Juggling a corporate career and finding the headspace to think about creative endeavours Designing a way to have the dream job and have a creative business based around cross stitch Being brave, reaching out to strangers and developing strong creative relationships, friends and connections Learning to trust your decisions Having a variety of tasks in the pipeline to work on to cope with overwhelm and tricky decisions For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Lianne's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/liannevanleyen Like: https://www.facebook.com/SchoolhouseSamplers/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/1897schoolhousesamplers/ Shop: Etsy 1897Schoolhouse Email: lianne@1897schoolhousesamplers.ca Related Stitchery Stories episodes you might like: https://www.stitcherystories.com/alisonlarkin/ https://www.stitcherystories.com/drjenniebatchelor/ Other people, places & things we mentioned: Upper Canada Village https://www.uppercanadavillage.com/ PCStitch popular design software for counted cross stitch pattern making http://www.pcstitch.com/

40mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Amanda Cobbett: Realistic Embroidered Fungi and Lichen

Textile Artist Amanda Cobbett shares her life in fabric and threads. Amanda creates realistic 3-dimensional, papier-mâché and machine-embroidered sculptures of fungi and lichen and other hidden treasures of the woodland floor. From her studio in the Surrey Hills, Amanda is surrounded by inspiration for her work. Her pieces are so realistic that viewers of her art assume that they are real! A nice problem to have and the subject of endless questions at Amanda's successful exhibition at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower show. Susan Weeks chats with Amanda about: The exhilaration of a successful exhibition at RHS CHelsea Flower Show The challenge of people understanding what they are seeing Can things be so lifelike the viewers don't know it's art? Doing your own thing and pushing the boundaries, even at school The joy when someone wants to buy your work If everything is an experiment then it can't be a disaster! Setting boundaries with our clients Making difficult but wise business decisions The creative freedom leveraged by having an admin assistant Running a realistic business and not a hobby And so much more! Episode Show Notes, Links & Examples of Amanda's work at https://www.stitcherystories.com/amandacobbett Visit: https://www.amandacobbett.com/ Look: https://www.instagram.com/amandacobbett Like: https://www.facebook.com/amandacobbett Other links & people mentioned: Byard Art, Cambridge : https://byardart.co.uk/ Somerset House :https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/

37mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Adam Pritchett: Intricate Insects & Antique Frames

Adam Pritchett: Intricate Insects & Antique Frames Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, embroidery artist Adam Pritchett shares his intricate embroidered spiders and pieces inspired by antique frames, antiquarian themes... and a sprinkling of magic and creepiness! Listen as Adam shares his relatively recent embroidery journey through his inspirations and techniques. And of course, he gets a Gold Star for being our first male embroidery artist on Stitchery Stories. Susan Weeks chats with Adam about: Loving Instagram for getting discovered and connecting with other artists Using antique frames to inspire textile art After an unplanned Fine Art degree, developing an interest in embroidery Teaching himself embroidery via YouTube and old books Being inspired by nature and books Using versatile woollen fabric and recycled velvet as a contrast to the insects and spooky subjects Building up textures with knots and beads Opportunities to exhibit with the Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, USA Appearing on Kirsty Allsop's Handmade Christmas TV programme Being featured on Martha Stewart's Blog What do Adam's mates think to all these embroidery antics? Virtual communities making it easier to share our work and inspirations Spiders in the coffee shop? Collaboration with fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Photographs at https://www.stitcherystories.com/adampritchett Visit: www.apritchett.co.uk Like: https://www.facebook.com/adampritchettneedleworks Look: https://www.instagram.com/ajpritchett Tweet: https://www.twitter.com/aj_pritchett Read: https://www.marthastewart.com/1522303/adam-pritchett-stitchtober-needlework-series Other places & people mentioned: Light Grey Arts Lab, Minneapolis, USA http://lightgreyartlab.com/ Hogan McLaughlin http://hogan-mclaughlin.com/

40mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #20