Meet the Artist – Jo Beattie

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the beautiful embroidery of Jo Beattie.

Jo Beattie creates shadows to represent a fragment of precious memory held within a loved childhood toy. Each piece starts with a hand draw image which is then machine stitched in black thread. A recent piece of Jo’s work was purchased by the National Collection of Contemporary Textiles.

‘The strengths and uniqueness of British contemporary embroidery is due to the fact that it is founded on drawing.‘ Diana Springall.

Filmed at Knitting & Stitching Show 2019.

Covid – 19 Update

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you all well and in good spirits.

As you may already know, in light of the recent global events, all textile events and exhibitions in the UK have been postponed at least until the Autumn.  As these were the main way I met and chatted to the artists which I include in my videos this means I will be making some changes to my uploads for the next few months.

Fortunately, I have a selection of videos waiting for editing for my ‘Meet The Artist’ series which I will upload once they are ready.  I am working on ways to capture virtual interviews with some artists which I hope to bring to you as the year progresses.

I have plans for a number of free tutorials and projects to help us stay creative and maybe learn a new skill or two.  I am also excited to be in the final stages of a number of kits based on my own designs which I will be releasing on my newly designed website very soon.  Make sure you register for the mailing list so you’ll be one of the first to know!

Your continued support is greatly appreciated particularly in these challenging times for all of us and don’t forget to take a stroll through the playlists on my Channel and rediscover some favourites or maybe something you missed first time.  The Channel and Website (old design for now) links are below – please feel free to share with friends and grow our community.

My YouTube Videos 

My Website

Let’s keep talking, keep stitching and stay safe.

Katie @Arnolds-Attic x

Meet the Artist – Harriet Riddell

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the beautiful embroidery of Textile Performance Artist – Harriet Riddell. Filmed at Leith Hill Place in the UK.

What do a sewing machine and a pedal bike have in common? The answer is Harriet Riddell from In Stitch You

Join me for a day of stitch drawing with Free Style ‘Pedal Powered’ Stitcher, Harriet. Watch and be amazed as she ‘draws with the needle’ on her sewing machine. Harriet travels the world with her sewing machine & bicycle to create observational embroideries, documenting life in stitch.

You can see some of Harriet’s Free Style Stitchery in a previous post from Art in Action 2014.