For my latest felted embroidered work I have gone back to my eternal source of inspiration, Haddon Hall.
This time I was inspired by wild fields full of daisies and buttercups.
I have tried to convey the depth of colour and texture using several layers of soft felting in numerous shades of green and brown, machine embroidery for the leaf detail and hand embroidery with silk threads for the flower heads.
I did some public embroidery at the wonderful Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre this weekend, as a heritage craft – along with corn dolly makers, weavers and lace makers.
It was great to meet the visitors and have a chat about my work and motivation as well as discussing the joy of making things.
I particularly enjoyed watching several boys quietly sitting down to try their hand at embroidery and really enjoying it. There was no categorisation of it being a ‘girls’ craft, because most of them had never seen it before.
A lovely event.
I have made another 12 terraced houses from machine applique, ready to show at the forthcoming Art Trail. This is turning into a slight obsession!
I have enjoyed the challenge of representing the beautiful colours of Victorian architecture, different perspectives and textures – but they did send me slightly batty with all the time they took to create! In some places there are 8 layers of stitching.
They just need tidying up and framing now…
I was delighted with a recent review from one of my clients. It sums up what I am trying to do with Creativity Online:
Creating my own little expressions of delight.
Helping other artists use their time more effectively to do the same.
Sharing all that creativity with the world!
“Since employing Karen, my life has been made so much easier. As an artist all I want to do is produce my work and exhibit. The realisation that part of being an artist is to allow as many people as possible access to my work through social media has been a constant worry.
Karen has taken all that worry away, she is supportive, creative, efficient and most of all very approachable. I feel very lucky to have found such a support and I can’t recommend her services highly enough.” Jo Beattie Artist
Feel free to share with any creative who might need a bit of help…
I have created a bespoke new website for this wonderful group of textile artists, based in the Nottingham area.
The group was formed in 1982 and has evolved into a group of 65 artists, producing exciting and innovative work using fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics and beads in a variety of techniques.
I have created a much more graphic website, showcasing as much work as possible in detail and added a personal profile page for each artist.
I have been true to my promise of creating a self sufficient website by running a training course for future administrators from the group.
It has been a delight to get to know these artists and their work better.
I hugely relate to a post from Textile Artist.org last week, which spoke about the healing power of stitching.
I know from personal experience that when dreadful and difficult things surround you, it’s impossible to even know how to start feeling calm and relaxed.
Since I have been sewing, creating, and significantly expressing my love of beautiful things – my breath has slowed and my mind has cleared.
Save the Date for the Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell Art Trail!
My beloved Art Shed is open 2nd and 3rd June 11am to 6pm, along with 10 other venues with 26 artists and artisan craft workers showing their work.
I am working hard on new pieces to present an attractive portfolio.
Interest is growing locally thanks to the team of artists working together to spread the word.
THANK YOU to the wonderful people who are giving me advice and raising my confidence.
Sent recently to a customer from Kingston on Thames, via Etsy – a mixture of muted pink shades for wedding table centres.
Half the order was made from vintage sheet music (mainly Mozart pianoforte pieces) and half using pages from the 1985 Mills and Boon classic ‘A Man Worth Knowing’ (subtitled ‘he defeated her evasive tactics at every turn…)
What a perfect order for a musician and a writer, getting married in July.
I am very lucky to live close to beautiful Derbyshire and visit often, but I rarely spend an indulgent artistic weekend there. I did recently, though, with the wonderful Helen Hallows on a 2 day Landscape Sketchbook course.
The landscape we were sitting in front of (Barlow, near Chesterfield) kept shifting, not only in terms of weather conditions, but also what was revealed the closer we looked – tractor marks, distant buildings, crows nests – and I saw every shade of green possible.
Drawing a whole landscape felt scary before this weekend, but under Helen’s tutoring I have gained in confidence, learnt a lot about charcoal and collage – and depicting hundred of trees.
My fellow students had varied artistic experience and were all lovely. Helen worked with us individually and encouraged us at all levels.
I have given my Etsy offer a Spring clean!
Instead of offering everything I make on one shop, I have now opened a second shop.
So now you can view and purchase all paper products at:
And all textile art and associated products at: