Jean Bennet – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features Mixed Media work of artist Jean Bennet.

How are Textiles used in Art Therapy to capture feelings & emotions? Jean works as an art therapist and as a Lecturer in Theraputic Arts. In this YouTube, she shares ‘The Nep of Life’ Exhibition and explains some of the pieces.

Each art work starts with a foundation of thread and stitch before being combined with different mediums and discarded objects. Each piece tells a story.

I’ve recently rediscovered this footage – it was filmed at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2019.

It seems rather strange to hear the bustle of crowds in the background – feels like a lifetime ago.

Art by Jean Bennet
Art by Jean Bennet
Mixed Media Art starts with thread and stitch
Mixed Media Art starts with thread and stitch
Each piece is combined with mediums to create figurative sculptures.
Each piece is combined with mediums to create figurative sculptures.

Sabine Kaner – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features textile art by artist Sabine Kaner.

Sabine has a stash of old knitted garments and wool yarn, that she uses as the base for her textile art. The garments are discarded family jumpers or sourced from charity shops.

She uses her own life experiences to create her work. Each piece tells a story.

Sabine is a member of Prism and the The Society for Embroidered Work

Images courtesy: https://sabinekaner.com

image showing five shapes of long gloves - textile art created from old jumpers.
Reunion-Unity by Sabine Kaner
Sabine Kaner standing in front of her work
Sabine in her studio
Greensleeves. image showing showing the sleeve from a green jumper embroidered in multicoloured shapes
Greensleeves
Blended Stitches. image showing parts of a purple jumper and embroidery - textile art created from old jumpers.
Blended Stitches

Pop over to my previous ‘Aran Illingworth’ post for more textile inspiration featuring pre-loved cloth.

Running Stitch Pocket Pattern – A Collaboration Project

It’s been a very busy time for me during Lockdown. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with some amazing artists for my YouTube Channel and I’ve also been working on a design for a collaboration project. I was approached by Sue from Cut Couture Kit, who designs the most beautiful linen garments. The idea was to create an embroidery pattern for the button pockets that appear on her garments. The result is the Running Stitch Pocket Pattern, which you can download by clicking the ‘Download’ button below. There’s also a step by step YouTube to guide you through the process.

When I first read the brief, my first thought was to created a pattern suitable for beginners yet also had the potential to be adapted for more experienced stitchers.

The pattern creates a double dashed border, which sits perfectly centrally on the pocket. Its simplicity works beautifully with the linen, especially when the stitching is continued into the topstitching of the garment. The design can also be evolved to provide a ‘frame’ for your own unique textile art and embellishments.

Running Stitch Pocket hand embroidered in red thread on the Suzi Bag with a white linen garment hand embroidered in red thread by Catherine Hill Textile Artist
Running Stitch Pocket on the Suzi Bag. Tunic hand embroidered by Catherine Hill.

The pattern was created to compliment my own embroidery as Catherine Hill Textile Artist.

We would love to see your creations so please share your work on Instagram using #runningstitchpocket.

Tag your images @arnolds_attic & @cutcouturekit

Linen Suzi Bag Kit
Suzi Bag Kit
Running stitch, hand embroidered in red thread on a linen pocket on a garment
Running Stitch Pocket on the Hilary Culottes