The Ebullience of Stitch

The Ebullience of Stitch

Recently, I picked up a needle and thread to embroider.  Yes, hand embroidery – something I haven’t worked at in years. Weeks down the track, I can honestly say that I’ve worked a stint of hand stitch into my daily routine. Why?  Because I can feel...
Sampling – Is It Still Relevant?

Sampling – Is It Still Relevant?

Do you sample? It’s not something I do often, I must admit, but when it comes to having to design and make something different, something requiring careful thought either in construction or technique, then I sample, sample, sample. And it’s worth it.  One...
Begin at the End

Begin at the End

It’s one thing to have an idea or concept – it’s another kettle of fish entirely, to make that up into a successful design for textile and fibre art. So where do I start? Well, funnily enough, at the end – and by that I mean the finished size...

Problem Solving

A large part of being a textile artist is our ability to problem-solve, and have I had to use it this last week. Now I’m no fast thinker. – I like to take my time and really think things through – but eventually I get there. And I’m prompted to...

Words As Art

All my design work begins with a line.  It’s how I build, construct and create my designs. But there’s one area of line I usually ignore – for no good reason. We all know the power and potential in a simple line – expressing emotion and mood,...