Avril Halliday 'Ladies of Letters' An artist’s book inspired by a guild exhibition called “Tell Me a Story”, this is about 6 women writers. The pages are collaged, painted, printed and stitched papers, framing 6 hand-stitched portraits of the authors. I photographed sections of the faces and repeated them to form a decorative pattern, printed it onto cotton fabric for the covers, to hint at the contents of the book.
Yvonne Williams 'Lough tide out' Needlefelting
Yvonne Williams 'The Mournes from Mount Stewart' Needlefelting
Irene MacWilliam 'Superstitions' On the surface people can seem to be very logical but get to know them and you will find they are a little bit superstitious… they react on seeing magpies or they touch wood. Fabric dyeing, painting, screen printing, stamping etc and free machine work for the writing and drawing. Superstitions are from 'A Dictionary of Superstitions' Edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem published 1989 by Oxford Paperbacks.
Irene MacWilliam 'Superstitions' (detail)
Yvonne Williams 'The Bay' Machine embroidery
Irene MacWilliam 'NSEW' I thought of all the various animals and sea creatures that live on the surface of our planet. Free machine work and raw edge applique.
Irene MacWilliam 'NSEW' (detail)
Fiona Bailey 'Echoes of Ecoprint' My friend Thelma was practicing her ecoprinting techniques and produced many wonderful papers in the process. These had half prints, full prints and leached colour from the plant material and the boiling water. Together they produced wonderful patterns in the soft watercolour paper. I have taken these patterns and combined them and interpreted them with mixed media and stitch.
Catherine Oakes 'For my daughter' The techniques used were gained from a workshop with Cas Holmes. The workshop explored the techniques of blending paper and fabric collage, with hand and machine embroidery. Final piece was made for, and inspired by, my beautiful, fearsome 6 year old daughter who brightens my every day.
Judy Cinnamond 'Over the Sea' Needle weaving with hand and machine embroidery - silk painted background
Christine Young 'Marbled Arches' Marbling on background fabric with printed organza & machine embroidery.
Christine Young 'Free-range rover' Inspired by Textile Artist Mandy Pattullo following a workshop attended. Fabric collage with hand embroidery on the surface.
Connie McEvoy 'Bedazzled by Billboards' Billboards of New York. Background is an intaglio ink offset print with shapes of N.Y. Encapuslated pieces of memorabalia between organza and stitched sealed edges with soldering iron. Pieces stitched on background with shambolic cross stitch.
Ethna Palmer 'Floral mirror' Hand dyed fabric covered by rainbow organza. Beaded flowers and stems cut out by soldering iron and machine stitched. Finished by hand with blanket stitch. 'Embroidered Album' Hand painted embossed wallpaper covered with rainbow organza. Machine and hand stitched and beaded. and 'Beaded ornament' Machine and hand embroidered and beaded on batik fabric attached to pelmet vilene.
Irene Millar 'Fronds' Stitched on painted paper with hand embroidery and beads.
Janet Hackney 'Margaret's green jacket buttons' Collage of vintage fabrics, objects, papers and fabrics in a recycled frame.
Janet Hackney 'Norah's knitted suit' Hand and machine Embroidery. Collage of vintage fabrics, objects, images and fabrics in a recycled frame. Commissions can be undertaken using memorability from your family album.
Lorna McIlrath 'Picture Field of Flowers' Painted background, flowers free machinned and hand stitched. Beads and seqiuins added. Inspired by birthday card.
Joanna MacMahon 'The Braird' Hand sewing suggesting the new growth on a ploughed field (memories of my mum who loved this agricultural event and called the growth the braird.....an old Hiberno English word).
Joanna MacMahon 'Clean air of Donegal' On a headland on Cruit Island where the air is so clean the lichens grow like moss on the rocks. Layers of dyed fabrics, stitched simply and over stitched with Lichen shapes.
Margaret McCrory 'Generation' This triple portrait of my mother, me and my daughter shows the generation relationship ‘on the surface’. What is 'underneath the surface' in family relationships is much more important. I have left the piece unfinished. Perhaps for a 4th generation? The quotations give other insights to the generation link. The stitching pattern for the portraits was produced from photographs using a photo manipulation programme on Photoshop. Hand stitched using black single stranded silk thread. The seed stitch, appropriate for the subject of generation, uses a mixture of silk and cotton thread.. The fabric is from a bolt of linen woven when my Grandfather worked in a linen mill in Co. Tyrone.
Carolyn MacDougall 'Sunrise' Hand dyed and hand stitched.
Julie Smyth 'Sunshine and Showers' This is the view from a place I used to live. It shows the light changing according to the weather and the seasons. However, there is always a rower on the river. The techniques used were applique and free machine embroidery to embellish.
Julie Smyth 'Berneray' The meandering pace of a cycle tour of the Outer Hebrides allowed me to savour the beautiful scenery. I painted the seascape with fabric dye, appliqued mountains, dunes and foreground, sea and beach were highlighted with free machine embroidery and the foreground was embellished with handstitch to convey the carpet of wildflowers that spread out beneath my feet.
Lila Reid 'Inspired by nature' Hand dyed fabric, batik and free machine embroidery.
Lila Reid 'Poppies' Dyed and painted fabric with free machine embroidery.
Lila Reid 'Tulips' Transfer paints, applique and free machine embroidery.
Julie Smyth 'The lake' Simple free machined design was created at random, areas cut away. Magenta and blue suggested a lake so an automatic ripple stitch was added for the lake's edge. The uper half suggested sky and frayed silk represents billowing grass and flower heads. Framed in hand-dyed cotton.
Julie Smyth 'Citrus segments' Technique Reverse appliqué. I bundled together fruit nets, satin, silk and cotton in citrus colours. After layering them I machine stitched with free machining. Then began the process of cutting away to reveal the segments and liberate the vibrant colours beneath.
Lisa Carson 'Iceberg' Inspired by visit to Iceland and seeing the glacier icebergs. Foundation pieced patchwork embellished with various hand and machine stitching.
Lorna McIlrath 'Bowl of flowers'(top) Bowl made from silk waste, lace and scraps trapped between water soluble fabric and stitched. Flowers organza. '6-sided ball' (bottom) Dyed linen and silks. Machine stitched and beaded, wrapped cords. Inspired by Pinterest. Sharon Godden 'Nevada' (middle) Piece inspired by travels through Nevada and the beautiful rock formations, textures and rich colours. Piece is created using hand dyed fabric and threads, machine and hand embroidery and also beading.
Maia Taylor 'Nature's Spendour' Acrylic prints of seedheads on linen with stitch and wire embellishment.
Maia Taylor 'Evening stroll' Watercolour with stitch and felt embellishment.
Maia Taylor 'Colour springs forth' Charles Rennie Macintosh style flowers on fabric with stitch embellishment.
Marta Kocon 'The field' Inspired by childhood memories.
Marta Kocon 'Water pools at night' Inspired by walking along the beaches in Donegal.
Rosemary Frayne 'Fushia' Hand stitching on organza with bead detail.
Sharon Godden 'Garden Study' Inspiration is taken from artist's own garden and the richness and variety of colours and textures it provides. The piece was created using a variety of mixed media including machine embroidery on water soluable fabric with the addition of handmade clay pieces and also hand sketching.
Jenny Dempsey 'Woodland scene in Fall' Trapunto technique was used to propel the deer to the forefront of the panel. The fabric was manipulated using free motion quilting to accentuate the depth of the landscape and add texture to the scene. A black border was utilised to frame the scene in dramatic fashion; a splash of colour was added using embroidered leaves which also enhance the tactile experience.
Jenny Dempsey 'Bertie the Badger' A striking monochromatic cotton was chosen to create Bertie’s features whilst luxurious woollen tweed was chosen to express wealth, warmth and luxury. Bertie was appliquéd then sewn onto the background which was subsequently quilted using free motion quilting to give depth to such a character. His character was completed with a golden monocle. I drew inspiration from multiple artists whom I discovered on Pinterest, he is the amalgamation of many of their works.
Sheelah Peile 'Linen Stack' Linen with cotton, machine / hand stitch.
Sheelah Peile 'Felt Works' Felt and machine / hand stitch.
Sylvia Nickell 'Eastern Ripples' Inspired by ripples on the beach and Indian textiles. Painted background embellished with hand stitch and beading.
Sylvia Nickell 'Golden Teasel' Gold transfer foil background, hand stitched teasel and leaf shapes. Autumnal.
Sylvia Nickell 'Clematis' Inspired by scrambling clematis in our garden. Sheer petals stitched and cut, applied to a shaded sheer background. Stitched and beaded.
Sylvia Nickell 'Cornfield Poppies' Painted background, appliqued flowers and hand-stitched grass. Inspired by the techniques in Gilda Baron's book 'The art of Embroidered Flowers'.
Vicky Tolson 'Spirals' (detail) Patchwork of fabrics with hand stitched couched threads. Inspired by a piece by Isobel Moore.
Vicky Tolson 'Flower in the flames' Hand dyed cotton and organza with free machined flower and leaves.
Vilma Patterson 'Just a Beginning' A year of stitches created in 2017
Anne Hardcastle 'Mahonia' The scent of mahonia wafted on the frosty air one morning as I walked down my garden. Hand dyed fabrics layered with sheers and nets, printed, stencilled and embellished with hand and machine embroidery.
Yvonne Williams 'Bouquets 1, 2, 3 & 4' Machine embroidery.