Stitching my way through

March is definitely turning into a month with lots of extra studio time! I’ve been trying to finish some work that’s been hanging around my ‘to do’ list for a little while. Here’s a detail of an embroidery ‘repair I’m doing for a friend . These poppies are going to cover a little tear in her favourite coat, I’ll get them stitched on securely and then she can have the coat back – although given the current situation maybe she’ll get it in time for next Autumn!

The flowers were stitched onto some silk with freemotiom embroidery, I worked the outline through a tissue paper tracing first, then ‘painted’ in the detail adding a few hand embroidered french knots. I’m going to fix them to the coat with some fabric glue and then hand stitch to secure around the edge. (Yes, I did test the glue and fabrics first to make sure theres no leak through or other damage!)

I got as far as getting my two most recent pieces stretched and scanned ready for printing cards and making embellished giclees, but I didn’t get them to the framers for their frames and now I’m not sure if I’ll be able to for a while but here is a picture of the piece inspired by the Pembrokeshire coast – I went there last Summer, the wild flowers on the cliff path were so beautiful and the sea really was that ridiculous blue.

Pembroke Cliff Path 40 x 40 cm unframed 2020

I’m still developing my Urban Efflorescence pieces and will share images of the piece I’m doing for the http://fusiontextileartists.com/donna-cheshire-textile-artist/ exhibition. The next few in the series will feature wildlife as well as wild flowers; last year I stitched a hare for the community project I did with the wonderful WhichCraft group in Northumberland and I’ve been wanting to incorporate animals in my own work ever since! As I said at the start – now’s the time! https://donnacheshiretextiles.com/2018/05/01/south-charlton/

That’s all for now as I’m off to do something quite important at the Civic Centre later on today – I’ll let you in on the secret later – but for now I’m just very grateful that it can go ahead – if on a slightly smaller scale than we originally planned !

Hoping everyone is keeping happy and creative out there!

Donna x

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