Below is a small selection of some of the many and varied commissions I've worked on over the years.
I've thoroughly enjoyed working on each and every one. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a commission.
Red Crewelwork Lampshades
A pair of matching drum lampshades embroidered in a design of flowing, stylised flowers, buds and leaves in crewelwork using Appletons crewel wool in a custom colour of pillar box red with dark blue highlights.
Silk Shaded Snowdrops
These delicate white flowers were embroidered onto pale blue silk dupion (chosen to highlight the petals' whiteness) using several shades of stranded cotton (white, ivory, cream, grey, mauve, green). Only one strand at a time was used to create the careful shading.
Handmade Goldwork Book
I wanted a different way of displaying my finished embroideries and felt this book would be an excellent medium. I made the book from scratch and used my Goldwork Leaves kit as the feature, filling it with beautiful handmade cotton paper.
I was commissioned to work a set of rosebud cufflinks for a birthday present, worked in tiny chain stitches and stem stitch with one strand of thread.
Three blackwork cuffs were designed and embroidered onto linen using black silk thread to be used as props for an upcoming historical TV drama based on Katherine of Aragon.
Restoration of Altar Cloth
This is the 'before' image of a frontal from Croscombe Church in Somerset. I reattached the gold threads and the fringing where they were coming away.
White Altar Frontal
The damask fabric was very worn on this frontal from Croscombe Church, with several large frayed areas. I supported these damaged areas using conservation net and thus prevented further wear. The conservation net can be dyed to matech the fabric, but that wasn't necessary in this case.
This canvas and silk thread footstool was a French flea market find. It measured 1m diameter by 60cm high. Large areas of the silk stitches had worn away, the canvas was filthy and coming away from the base. I thoroughly cleaned the canvas, matched the silk colours and reworked the stitches. I then remounted it over the original springs and horsehair padding, before applying a new cord and braid to cover the edging.
A much loved toy, who bore the marks of this love. Piglet needed a good clean and was given tidier dungarees, a smart bowtie and new ears.
Silk Shaded Buzzards
My client commissioned me to embroider a pair of buzzards circling in a summer sky. I designed and worked the pair using one strand of stranded cotton in the needle at a time, feather by individual feather. I then mounted the birds onto a piano stool.
Canvas Shaded Tulip
Using only one strand of Appletons crewel wool at a time in a surprisingly wide range of shades considering the tulip was ultimately red and 18hpi antique mono canvas, I designed and worked this canvas shaded tulip. I first worked a shaded drawing, before one in colour, then set the order for each section to be stitched to ensure a realistic final image. Tent stitch was used throughout.
Silk Shaded Peregrine Falcon
I'm drawn to birds of prey, and this falcon was a beautiful bird to replicate in needlework. Although small in size, a great deal of shading detail was included when working the long & short stitches that this technique comprises.
Coolie Crewelwork Lampshade
A commission involving a slightly different take on my usual embroidered lampshade. This was required to be in the coolie shade, which required me to adapt my design to fit the wider and longer dimensions.
An embroidered shawl, worked as part of the Lady's Magazine Stitch Off event, bringing together embroiderers across the world and featured in Chawton House's 'Emma at 200' exhibition celebrating Jane Austen.
Purple Altar Frontal
Another altar frontal from Croscombe Church in Somerset. This one required the original gold twist outlines to be reattached around the lettering, as well as reworking previous repairs where the rows of twist had been overlapped.
I was commissioned to design and embroider part of a church banner. The brief was for three leaping fish on a red background.
Dog Club Trophy Cloth
The Maltese Dog Club needed a cloth for displaying their trophies which included all the individual names used by the breeders. I worked the club name in applique with a couched edge, and all the names were worked in satin stitch.
This sampler required gentle cleaning and some minor top darning repair work on a support fabric, before being mounted ready for framing.
Pulled Thread Lampshade
Working on a fine natural coloured evenweave linen and using one strand of white stranded cotton to create contrast, I carefully counted out each pulled thread pattern to create different ivy leaves, all flowing from undulating ivy stems made of a thin couched leather cord.
Silk Shaded Pixie
This unusual design was a gift for a lady who was a modern interpretative dancer with a love of all things supernatural. The blue skin and red hair create a striking image as the body moves sensuously with the music.
Blackwork came to England with Katherine of Aragon. Made up of many different tessellating patterns, the stitches are carefully counted and worked on fine evenweave linen using black thread in a variety of thicknesses. This and the omission or inclusion of individual stitches within the diaper patterns creates areas of shading.
Applique & Stumpwork Christmas Card
I was commissioned to design and embroider a Christmas picture by Lenham Needlecraft for it to be used as the design for their 2016 Christmas cards, sent to all customers and suppliers. Techniques included applique, surface embroidery, stumpwork and goldwork.
A very small commission, but still time consuming to work. I used one strand of stranded cotton with stem and chain stitches, before making them up into cufflinks using sterling silver fitments.
Two sets of cufflinks were required, both with daffodils, but different initials on each. Very fiddly to work, but do look very elegant once finished.
My client's finished work had several puckers. I was asked to make it up into a cushion and to pad it sufficiently so that all the puckers in the fabric were removed. I chose a complementary fabric for the back and made a cord to go around the cushion.
Embroidered Coats for Monsoon
Monsoon approached me to embroider little baskets of flowers on grey flannel for a limited run of children's coats. The flowers were worked in wool using French knots, bullion knots, detached chain and stem stitch.