Brighton Etsy Team Blog Hop

I am a member of the Brighton Etsy Team, and I have been nominated to take past in the Blog Hop by Jackie from Forever Foxed. foreverfoxed.blogspot.co.uk/ Everyone doing the Blog Hop is answering the same 4 questions. Its a fantastic team to be part of. Everyone is friendly and willing to share their knowledge, and there is always lots going on, parties, pop up shops, inspirational talks…

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‘The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair’

‘The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair’
Louise Bourgeois

Before I get started, quick grab a cuppa, preferably a slice of cake and get cosy. I’m new to blogging, so be patient with me please.

The quote above really rings true for me. The embroidery I began with this quote at it’s heart was a new begining for me as an artist, and it has been a very interesting journey.

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Alice Kettle: The garden of England

The Queen’s house, Greenwich, London until 18th August 2013

I have always admired the work of Alice Kettle who creates vast, painterly embroideries. So I headed to Greenwich enthusiastically to see her new work exhibited there. The Queen’s House was originally a garden retreat, thus the title. Kettle’s portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria is magnificent, and its golden threads shimmer and sparkle. The other portraits in the room are dressed elaborately in fine lace and flamboyant dress, though Henrietta was known to prefer plainer clothes.

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Black lace beaded flower

I bought this lovely piece of lace trimming some time ago, but this week I pinned it to my inspiration board. I have also been looking at the beads, which are black but with an iridescent shine. I often find that a material will inspire me to get making. I have used netting as the base for this, over felt. It reminds me of something Victorian, like the jet mourning jewellery they would wear. Also it is very versatile, it can be used as a brooch/hairclip and a bracelet/necklace with ribbon attatched. I will be listing it soon in my etsy and folksy shops (as soon as I get some photos of how it can be worn) I will be selling it for £7

Textile design & Embroidery