Sue Nicholls – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the beautiful English countryside, captured in stitch, by artist Sue Nicholls.

Sue lives in rural Hertfordshire and uses her sketchbook to document her local landscape. Each image is a source for her stunning machine and hand embroidered art works. For instance, her depictions of snowy furrows and hedgerows, recreated in wool felt and thread. 

Similarly, the large tree scapes were created from drawings of Gunby Hall and Gardens estate, a National Trust property.

Images courtesy:  https://suenichollsdesigns.co.uk

Sue is a member of The Society for Embroidered Work

Embroidered Landscapes  - a wall of embroidered art work in a studio
Embroidered Landscapes in Sue’s Studio
Embroidered Landscape
Embroidered Landscape
Work in progress - paper design ideas of trees by Sue Nicholls
Tree designs for Gunby Hall by Sue Nicholls
Work in Progress by Sue Nicholls - and embroidered landscape being machine stitched on a Bernina sewing machine
Work in Progress
sketch books showing art and sketches in black and white of ploughed fields and trees
Sue’s sketch books – ploughed fields and trees.

Meet the Artist – Anne Kelly

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the Textile Folk Art of Anne Kelly.

Anne, collects preloved cloth, recycled paper & ephemera. She then uses collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create her unique form of mixed media Folk Art. Her heavily embroidered and textural works have been described as ‘small worlds’, with a small scrap or remnant of fabric that can inspire a whole piece – each taking inspiration from travel and memory. 

Images courtesy Anne Kelly: http://www.annekellytextiles.com

Anne is a member of The Embroiderers’ Guild – UK and a member of The Society for Embroidered Work.

You can pre-order Anne’s new book ‘Textile Travels’ on Amazon.

Folk Art by Anne Kelly
Folk Art by Anne Kelly
Folk Art by Anne Kelly

You can find more Folk Art in my previous posts – Primmy Chorley Exhibition and the Folk Art Exhibition at Tate Britain.

The Society for Embroidered Work

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the contemporary Stitch work courtesy of the members of The Society for Embroidered Work (S.E.W.). Have you discovered this new international art society, dedicated to stitch?

#StitchedArtisArt is the Society’s Hashtag. It was co-founded in 2018 by Cat Frampton and Emily Tull, in response to opinions that ‘Stitched work is just a Craft’, and to raise the profile of embroidery as a recognised art form.

The first members’ exhibition was in November 2019, and I was there to film it for you and to chat to Cat and Emily about the Society’s aims and ambitions – I also asked them how, as fellow stitchers, we could all apply to join!

To find out more information about the Society, S.E.W. have a website and are on Instagram.

The stitched artwork in the YouTube Thumbnail is by Marna Lunt, Kate Tume and Sarah Gwyer.

The pre-view evening for The Society for Embroidered Work exhibition
The pre-view evening for The Society for Embroidered Work exhibition
Embroidered Art Work by Sue Spence
Embroidered Art Work by Sue Spence
A collection of Stitched Art from the exhibition
A collection of Stitched Art from the exhibition
Stitched art bumble bee by Lydia Needle
Stitched art bumble bee by Lydia Needle
Stitched art by Sharon Peoples
Stitched art by Sharon Peoples
Stitched art by Annie Taylor
Stitched art by Annie Taylor

Thank you for your company along this journey of Stitchery discovery. I thoroughly enjoy sharing it with you.

Katie x