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Stitchery Stories... Where textile artists share their life in fabric and thread. Embroidery. Textile Art. Inspiration, Techniques, Disasters and Delights.

Join embroidery enthusiast and textile art dabbler, Susan Weeks, in her friendly weekly chats with UK textile artists. Discover how they got started. Share the lessons learned along the way. Get excited about what they are working on at the moment. Learn how they keep their business growing, their creativity flowing, and get a sneak peek into what is coming next...

Stitchery Stories Susan Weeks

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    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Stitchery Stories... Where textile artists share their life in fabric and thread. Embroidery. Textile Art. Inspiration, Techniques, Disasters and Delights.

Join embroidery enthusiast and textile art dabbler, Susan Weeks, in her friendly weekly chats with UK textile artists. Discover how they got started. Share the lessons learned along the way. Get excited about what they are working on at the moment. Learn how they keep their business growing, their creativity flowing, and get a sneak peek into what is coming next...

    Jennie-maree Tempest : Beautiful Botanical Sculptures

    Jennie-maree Tempest : Beautiful Botanical Sculptures

    Jennie-maree Tempest is a textile artist living on the Bass Coast of Australia. After many years creating art quilts and portraits, she has decided to challenge her textile art skills and creativity by creating textile art botanical sculptures.
    Jennie-maree focuses her creativity inspired by the native Australian species that grow around her coastal home. The latest is a flowering yucca that is around 6ft / nearly 2m tall! It has been a massive undertaking, and has taken over four months of hard work to create. It's not only a challenge of textile art but also of construction. How did she make such a large item out of fabric & threads?
    Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Jennie-maree Tempest chats with Susan Weeks about her inspirations and challenges and her creative life by the coast.
    For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Jennie-maree's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/JenniemareeTempest
    Visit: https://jemartem.com/
    Like : https://www.facebook.com/JemARTem/
    Look : https://www.instagram.com/jemartem.textiles/
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    • 39 min
    Nikki Parmenter: Exuberant mixed-media textile artist

    Nikki Parmenter: Exuberant mixed-media textile artist

    Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Nikki Parmenter shares her life in fabric & thread & a wide range of interesting materials too!
    She chats with Susan Weeks about the wide range of inspirations and materials that she uses to create her large scale art. And although Nikki has a Fine Art background, she is very much self-taught when it comes to incorporating textiles and embroidery into the mix! Plenty of experimenting has developed a vivid and exuberant style.
    Nikki 'escaped' the world of education back in 2016 but her absolute delight in teaching people still shines through everything that she does, and teaching is still an important aspect of her art practice.
    In fact, as the global pandemic took hold, and everything was cancelled, Nikki carried on experimenting, and moved online, becoming very visible, and offering online workshops and talks via Zoom rather than the traditional 'in-person' approach. She shares plenty of tips and insight into how she did that, and the results she has generated.
    For this episode... all links, info & examples of Nikki's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/nikkiparmenter

    • 48 min
    Tanya Bentham : What is Opus Anglicanum embroidery?

    Tanya Bentham : What is Opus Anglicanum embroidery?

    Tanya Bentham is an expert in the style of hand embroidery known as 'Opus Anglicanum'. It is a style of embroidery that was prevalent in the 13th & 14th centuries in England. Very specific stitches are used in a specific way with specific materials and style.
    Tanya shares her fascinating story of how she got started in embroidery and how the obsession with Opus Anglicanum started.
    It may sound dull that Tanya takes her inspiration from Medieval manuscripts. Far from it! Those manuscripts contain hilarious situations and crazy characters and this was an area that I wanted to dig down into with Tanya.
    There is a lot of humour in her work. She also loves to take old images and put a modern twist on them, but still using relevant imagery and sticking strictly to the style and methods of the era.
    Tanya has brought all that knowledge and experience together and her first book is just about to be published... exciting times!
    Susan Weeks chats with Tanya about:
    What is Opus Anglicanum? The main stitches used and the specific thread. Her twist of 'The 3 living & the 3 dead' How to create a face in Opus Anglicanum Historical re-enactment Writing her book Knitting in the dark! Finding it difficult to start things and preferring longer bigger projects Where do all the crazy characters and silly scenes come from? Just how nerdy is nerdy? Medieval simplicity vs Jacobean crewelwork exuberance Learning which rules you can break so it is still 'Medieval' What to wear when you are a proper artist A fab excuse for not finishing a piece of embroidery.... For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Tanya's work at https://stitcherystories.com/tanyabentham
    Visit: https://www.opusanglicanumembroidery.com/
    Like : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2131204437191134/
    Read : https://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/
    Look : https://www.instagram.com/opusanglicanum/
    Watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWJl2IvOniL94jIym33JNYA
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/Opusembroidery
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    Other links and things we talked about:
    The Luttrell Psalter
    https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-luttrell-psalter
    The Syon Cope
    https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-syon-cope
    Bananarama
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A-w5L7pygE
    Asterix & Obelix
    https://www.asterix.com/en/
    Tintin
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin
    Les Dawson - wonky piano playing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNGlaiVypU

    • 53 min
    Vendulka Battais: An inspiring textile artist moving with the times

    Vendulka Battais: An inspiring textile artist moving with the times

    Vendulka Battais is a textile artist, quilter, embroiderer and designer who started her creative journey making clothes with her mum in the Czech Republic. She learnt simple patchwork when she moved to the UK and was looking for a new hobby!
    Vendulka shares her fabulous story of where that early interest in patchwork took her. It's a story of creativity and of making opportunities and of taking action. From squares and triangles, Vendulka's work has evolved into quilting and embroidery, and a love of circular patterns inspired by mandalas and dream-catchers. Her love of teaching shines through with in-person classes and her new range of online video courses too.
    Susan Weeks chats with Vendulka about:
    Coming out of covid lockdown and wondering what's next. Her dream of creating on demand online video classes. It's a whole new set of skills creating an online course. If you don't have guidance then you need plenty of time for trial and error! Investing effort into creating an on-demand online course is creating future income Habits have changed and online courses are now seen as a great way of learning and networking Running her fabric & haberdashery shop in Suffolk Starting her creative adventure with simple patchwork and quilting Starting a group which encourages designers to share their patterns and a central place to buy patterns from Connecting designers / creators with makers Being inspired by a 'stairway to heaven' Wanting to turn her hobby into a business and support her family Learning how to run a shop Celebrating 10 years as a shop business owner It's OK to improve over time... Just Start! Learning how to create with what you have The meditative effect of free motion quilting Glow in the dark fabric mandalas For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Vendulka's work at https://stitcherystories.com/vendulkabattais
    Visit: https://www.oliven.co.uk/
    Like : https://www.facebook.com/olivenpatchwork
    Look : https://www.instagram.com/vendulkaoliven/
    Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwNXZS-is0c
     
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    • 50 min
    Lorraine Turner: textile art supporting endangered animals

    Lorraine Turner: textile art supporting endangered animals

    Lorraine Turner is a textile artist who gives support for endangered animals through her vibrant textile art.
    Lorraine has been a practicing artist for many years as a graphic designer, working on wide variety of commercial projects but her adventure into textile art started a few years ago, and she adopted the 'no rules' approach to her textile art creations.
    Lorraine works on large textile art portraits of endangered animals, using bright patterned fabrics, materials and techniques that she experiments with to achieve what's in her head. Fabric applique, hand and free machine embroidery, aspects of quilting, so many techniques are layered together to produce her stunning art.
    A key impact on Lorraine's work is her inspiration. Endangered animals come to her via her daily meditations and tell her their stories and troubles. This is a fascinating story of working from the heart and attracting fabulous opportunities along the way.
    Lorraine chats with Susan Weeks in this episode of Stitchery Stories textile art podcast.
    Her current Monarch butterfly art challenge The 'no rules' method of developing her textile art Taking it all back to the core Developing the commercial aspects of her art practice to support her focus & passions Generating revenue & charging for her expertise Meditation as inspiration for textile art How to shut off your brain and unplug Working with groups and uplifting children What makes your heart sing? Attracting amazing opportunities
    For this episode... View Links, information & Examples of Lorraine's work at http://www.stitcherystories.com/lorraineturner
    Visit: https://calicohorses.com/
    Like: https://www.facebook.com/people/Lorraine-Turner-Textile-Artist/100063678787825/
    Look: https://www.instagram.com/lorraineturnerartist/
    Buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LorraineTurnerArtist
    Sew: Monarch Butterfly Challenge 
    https://calicohorses.com/monarch-sewing-art-challenge/
     
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    • 48 min
    Catriona Baird : The Story Of The Paisley Pattern and Paisley Shawls

    Catriona Baird : The Story Of The Paisley Pattern and Paisley Shawls

    Catriona Baird is Textiles Curator at Paisley Museum, in Scotland, which celebrates it's 150th anniversary on 11th April 2021.
    Catriona shares the story of the Paisley pattern - that swirly floral stylised teardrop motif that pops up in so many designs and objects, as well as of course on the famous Paisley Shawls.
    This is a story that brings together geography, history, fashion and textiles and gives a fabulous insight into early industrial textile production too.
    In this episode of Stitchery Stories, Catriona Baird chats with Susan Weeks around:
    Her current research as part of the Paisley Museum Re-imagined Project What is the Paisley Pattern Where did the Paisley pattern originate The history of Paisley as an important textile production centre Making Paisley Shawls The Jaquard Loom and making 'point paper' designs Paisley Museum history & its collections The types and styles of Paisley shawls The first exhibition of Paisley shawls The links with The Needlework Development Scheme Investigating the museum collections The museum re-development project And we also make a CALLOUT for interesting objects which feature the Paisley pattern and have an interesting story.
    If you have an interesting Paisley object with an interesting story then please email a picture and the story to Catriona at the museum and she will be delighted.
    Email: paisleymuseum@renfrewshire.gov.uk
    For this episode...
    View Links, information & Examples of the paisley pattern at http://www.stitcherystories.com/paisleypattern
    Visit: https://reimagined.paisleymuseum.org/
    Like: https://en-gb.facebook.com/PaisleyMuseum/
    Look: https://www.instagram.com/paisleymuseum/
    Tweet: @PaisleyMuseum
    Follow Sue for course creation and online marketing stuff
    https://www.facebook.com/TheMissingTraining
    https://www.instagram.com/susan.l.weeks
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    Get your FREE "Crafty Online Course Creator's Workbox" https://bit.ly/3sgAIji
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    https://www.stitcherystories.com/drjenniebatchelor/
    Clare Hunter: Banner Maker Writing The Threads Of Life
    https://www.stitcherystories.com/clarehunter/
     

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Hesdinuk13 ,

Great

Love it

teepot99 ,

Embroiderer’s Guild in crisis

An excellent chat with Penny Hill.
Thank you for explaining how the Embroiderers Guild reached the resolution.
Following the General Meeting, I hope the Guild are given the opportunity to continue

JCGShaston ,

Embroiderers Guild

It has taken me some time to catch up with the debacle at the Embroiderers Guild having only recently retired and planning to join a local branch.
I have now listened to your interview with Penny Hill twice and was struck by several things.
You seemed to blame the financial problems on members not renewing their subscription. In terms of business this surely indicates that the EG is not providing a service that the customers want or value.
The world changed when women found they had to work to provide income and a pension. This leaves little time for voluntary work, charities have lost the army of women volunteers to the workplace.
You both stressed the amount of work required of a trustee and that alone required our grateful thanks, but personally I cannot offer it when so much poor management is evident.
No mention was made of the inflated salary of the CEO which was allowed to continue for ten years.
Penny Hill May have been brave, but we are no better informed.

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