I made these pieces using a combination of white earthenware and perle cotton. I was thinking about those pin pictures that were around in the 1970s, and how one might make them more three dimensional. I like stitching through ceramics because I usually think of stitching as something you do through a yielding material such as fabric, but ceramics are so hard and unyielding.
I would like to do more of this, but it does get a bit fiddly in the corners.
Here are a couple of pieces I made a while ago, on the theme of abuse – I was thinking about domestic abuse – and the recovery from an abusive relationship.
Here is a photo of me and my daughter that I printed onto fabric and embellished with embroidery. In the photo we have garlands of flowers in our hair, I stitched bullion stitch roses into these garlands and added some leaves with a partial border of cross stitch.
Here is a basket I made depicting a bird taking flight. The Basket is made using buff willow, but has an added strip of woven hessian stabilised with paper pulp. I have collaged and stitched onto this surface using tissue paper and felt.
Here are a few experiments where I have stitched onto a surface made using cotton wool and wallpaper paste. I added colour using acrylic paints. This makes a surprisingly satisfying base for embroidery.
patterns using running stitch
sashiko style waves
a small sampler showing a few different raised embroidery stitches