Good Grub

I’m pleased to announce that Good Grub is part of the Embroiderers’ Guild 2024 Members Challenge ‘Opposites Attract’.

My first thought on hearing the challenge theme was ‘sweet and savoury’ and of course that meant hand embroidering a recipe or two.

Good Grub
Good Grub

Each design revolves around a memory growing up in Lancashire in the 1970’s. 

My childhood was full of tasty, sweet and savoury, home cooked grub. A good food day was having one of my favourites for lunch, Manchester Tart – a batch-cooked school pudding, filled with bananas and jam – followed by Mum’s Lancashire Hotpot for tea.

The work was hand embroidered with vintage Sylko threads in backstitch, couching and seed stitch. The edges are turned under and topstitched.

I’m delighted with the response I’ve receive so far from fellow stitchers.

The work has prompted others to share their own warm memories of Manchester Tart and Lancashire Hotpot.

Stitch Magazine Issue 146

I’m please to announce that Darning Sampler is included in Stitch Magazine Issue 146.

Stitch Magazine Issue 146
Stitch Magazine Issue 146

The article showcases the winning entries in the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2023.

Article in Stitch Magazine Issue 146
Article in Stitch Magazine Issue 146

Darning Sampler – My first thought on the Members’ Challenge ‘Layers’ theme was of threads crossing and layering over each other and planned to create an artwork that combined two of my favourite things, intricate stitch work and red thread.

The inspiration came from a little antique darning sampler in my collection. I wanted to make a sampler of my own and chose a vintage brushed cotton child’s garment to embellish with the stitches.

Using the vintage sampler as a starting point with a few variations of my own, I created a bank of stitches drawn out onto graph paper.

An early challenge was the brushed cotton surface which needed to be completely de-fuzzed to expose the cloth’s weave.

I sampled a few threads on the reverse of the garment to see which weight of thread worked best and settled on a Madeira Cotona in red and then cut out small pieces of paper about 2-inch square and pinned them over the garment to get an idea of the composition.

Size 28 x 28 cm approximately. Hand stitched Madeira thread, vintage child’s cotton garment. Mother of Pearl button added to the neckline in a red thread.

Catherine Hill – Stitch Magazine issue 146
Article in Stitch Magazine Issue 146
Article in Stitch Magazine Issue 146

Copies can be purchased via the Royal School of Needlework shop.

Embroidery Magazine September 2023

I’m pleased to announce that an article about my hand embroidered work has been published in the Embroidery Magazine September 2023 issue.

The process started a few months ago with an enquiry from the magazine followed by an interview, about my journey into textiles, with artist and journalist Ellen Bell.

We chatted about my design process and several artworks including Accrington Pals, and Sylko Addict.

Article in Embroidery Magazine September 2023
Article in Embroidery Magazine September 2023

Thank you to Christopher James Hall for the brilliant photography.

Page 2 of the article
Page 2 of the article

It’s available to purchase on the Magazine website.

I’m chuffed to bits with the article and I hope you enjoy reading it.